NYCC 2022: Former Marvel EIC Joe Quesada Moves to DC
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Unlikely team-ups are a staple in a comic book, both on the page and off. Not only do you occasionally see odd couples like Wolverine and Deadpool, but sometimes comic book makers with long-standing bonds on one side of the aisle take a dramatic leap to work for their former competitors — like, say, the former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief. -Chef Joe Quesada, who will now practice his trade at DC Comics.
The news comes from DC Comics publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee’s New York Comic-Con panel, as Quesada was a surprise guest on Lee’s Jim Lee & Friends panel Thursday afternoon. Quesada’s move comes after leaving Marvel earlier this year to pursue personal projects such as creating art — which is how he began his career in the early 1990s.
And that will be the focus of Quesada’s work at DC, where he will be designing covers for DC comics in 2023. The first of these are variants of Batman #131 and #132, bringing Quesada’s signature inky line work to the Caped Crusader.
It’s not the first DC work Quesada has done — the artist had a handful of brief stints with the publisher in the early ’90s — but it’s a transition into a quieter phase of Quesada’s career. The artist/editor made a name for himself in the early 2000s as an instrumental player in Marvel’s post-bankruptcy turnaround. New X-Men.
There are few (if any) real bon vivants when it comes to Marvel and DC, and switching teams is common. A few, however, get so close that the news of them working for the league can be pretty huge – the best example of this being the recent departure of Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis to DC for a five-year stint with Superman and other comics. This is not such a big tectonic shift; Cover art is probably the only area where cross-pollination takes place most common in comic books. However, Quesada has a way of influencing everything he touches – keep a sharp eye out, and you might see some of his ideas popping up in the art of your favorite DC books.