Valiant sent out a press release today announcing that Executive Editor Warren Simons will be promoted from Executive Editor to Editor in Chief, while neglecting to mention that these are actually different terms for the exact same position, as evidenced by the fact that the Wikipedia entry for Executive Editor simply redirects to the entry for Editor in Chief. According to the press release, Simons will "continue to preside over all day-to-day operations of Valiant's editorial department, and manage Valiant's growing editorial team." In a second, more impressive sentence that uses the word "additionally" to imply Simons may be handling new responsibilities, the press release added, "Additionally, Simons will also continue to edit a stable of Valiant's flagship series and special projects, including Rai, Unity, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, and this summer's Armor Hunters crossover event."
Valiant then goes on to brag about Simons' achievements as top editor at the company, and they are admittedly impressive. Valiant has built a strong and cohesive superhero universe in a very short time, and acquired top industry talent to work on their books. Simons deserves credit for that, and, if it's something that makes him happy, he deserves to change his title from Executive Editor to Editor in Chief. But, you know, it's really the same job he was already doing, and perhaps a press release was overdoing it, is all we're saying. The New York Times, for instance, uses the Executive Editor term instead of Editor in Chief, so Simons was formerly in good company. Now, he's in the company of dimwits like Bob Harras and Axel Alonso. Just sayin'.
Perhaps, in pretending that Executive Editor and Editor in Chief are different positions, young Valiant is simply emulating the more mature Marvel Comics, which has traditionally had both an Executive Editor and an Editor in Chief. Mike Marts is currently the Executive Editor there, succeeding voluptuous Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort as Editor in Chief Axel Alonso's gal Friday. Perhaps Valiant intends to hire a new Executive Editor to work under Simons, but we haven't seen any job postings looking for rotund, bearded men with fedoras and seething contempt for comics fandom on their website. At least, not yet.
In any case, congratulations to Warren Simons. May your new business cards bring you the satisfaction you desire, and may The Flying V continue to kick ass under your guidance.
In other news, satirical comic book website The Outhouse announced today that Webmaster Jude Terror has been promoted to Supreme Ruler of the Universe, effective immediately. Terror's responsibilities will remain unchanged, but he expects congratulations from fellow bloggers in the next 48 hours or they will all rue the day they incurred his wrath.
Stay tuned to The Outhouse for future developments.