Alex de Campi published a tumblr post today talking about Wonder Woman and Sensation Comics, and, when talking about why some of the finer qualities of Wonder Woman displayed in that title might not carry over to other Wonder Woman books, de Campi had a shocking revelation:
Sensation is edited in a special projects/digital office, an office which is sadly under-utilized in the internal turf wars of DC and faces shutdown/restructuring as a senior male staff member finds it unnecessary... despite the plaudits its books (including Sensation) have achieved.
The main Wonder Woman comic is part of the Superman office. Now, the Superman office allegedly employs no women, and a cursory glance over the mastheads of several Superman titles and Wonder Woman seems to confirm that allegation. The reason, I've been told by several people who work or used to work at DC, is because one of the most senior editors is a sexual harasser with multiple incidents on his HR file. I don't use "alleged" here because at least one incident (grabbing a woman's breasts) happened publicly at a corporate social gathering with multiple witnesses. There was also something about sticking his tongue down an artist's girlfriend's throat when the artist was in the bathroom. Again, public gathering.
It is not known to me whether the no-chicks-in-Supes-office diktat is the preference of the harasser, or whether it's the HR department crossing its fingers and hoping to Jesus they don't get hit with a liability lawsuit so big it's visible from space. This guy was kept in the move to Burbank despite his record – allegedly because he has blackmail on one of DC's most senior staff members.
Which senior editor is de Campi talking about, and does his name rhyme with Tony Danza? Well, we can't answer that, because she didn't say, but you can take a look at the credits in a Superman or Wonder Woman book and take your own guess.
This same rumor was reported in a blind item recently on Bleeding Cool as well, where Rich Johnston wrote:
Which comic book editor has risen through the publisher, despite an HR file the size of Belgium, is commonly gossiped to have blackmail material to preserve their position?
In her blog post, de Campi goes on to talk more about this environment and how it affects comics, and you should definitely give the whole thing a read, or two, or three, just to make sure it sinks in. She also adds:
Kids, there are five known big-name, vindictive harassers in comics, and about three bad drunks. Two harassers are writers employed by DC; one is a DC editor; two are writers employed by Marvel.
De Campi predicts that, rather than her statements resulting in Marvel and DC doing something about the problem, she will likely be blacklisted.
Shortly after, on Twitter, de Campi revealed another story, one she was sent by someone else, about a former DC editor who now works in DC's television department:
The sensational aspect of this will get the pageviews, but at the heart of this is more of the idea that the comic book industry is not a place where complaints of sexual harassment are dealt with appropriately by those in power. It's part of a larger, continuing narrative that connects dozens of similar stories over the past few years.
DC Comics has, as of this writing, managed to go 109 days since the last Has DC Done Something Stupid Today counter reset. In this particular instance, a counter reset seems a woefully inadequate response, but since we don't have a Has DC Comics Done Something So Reprehensible It Should Probably Be Purged By Fire Today or On an Ongoing Basis counter, it's going to have to do.
It has been 0 days.