In 2004, writer Akira Yoshida burst onto the Marvel Comics scene, with little to no comics experience. Yoshida claimed to be a Japanese man who had spent part of his childhood in the United States and learned English by reading superhero comics. His comics were Japanese-influenced, featuring Japanese characters and set in Japan.
But as CB Cebulski starts his first day at Marvel as Editor-In-Chief, what's done in the dark will be brought to the light.
Hey comics journo friends: we should definitely be asking Marvel and new EiC CB Cebulski on why he chose to use the pen name Akira Yoshida in the early 2000s to write a bunch of "Japanese-y" books for them. https://t.co/jXGKZdmyD4— pshaw brothers (@hermanos) November 27, 2017
In an interview with Bleeding Cool, Cebulski admitted to using the pseudonym to get around Marvel's policy of preventing editorial staff from working on a freelance basis for the company as a creator.
"I stopped writing under the pseudonym Akira Yoshida after about a year. It wasn't transparent, but it taught me a lot about writing, communication and pressure. I was young and naïve and had a lot to learn back then. But this is all old news that has been dealt with, and now as Marvel's new Editor-in-Chief, I'm turning a new page and am excited to start sharing all my Marvel experiences with up and coming talent around the globe."
Cebulski initially created the pseudonym to get writing gigs, first for Dreamwave, then for Dark Horse. Which led to Marvel hiring him unaware of who was behind the mask. Marvel claimed to have met Yoshida, but it was actually a Japanese translator who visited the offices and had lunch with Mike Marts, while being mistaken for Yoshida.
Cebulski went on to "retire" the pseudonym, quit Marvel as an editor, and was rehired as Talent Manager, allowing him to write under his given name. This eventually led to him getting the job as Editor-In-Chief after a "mutual" parting being Marvel and Axel Alonso.
Tuesday was Cebulski's first day as Editor-In-Chief. Hope it was a good one.