Comic Industry Reacts To The Eddie Berganza Suspension
If DC Comics thought announcing the suspension of Group Editor of the Superman comics, Eddie Berganza, over sexual harassment allegations from several years ago would draw a line under things, they were severely mistaken.
Of late, a number of people online have changed their Twitter ID to "Berganza is a Sex Criminal, Fire Him". The news of the suspension has not dampened this, indeed the numbers have increased.
The DC Comics line continued to pour the blame on the New York office culture enabling such behaviour, and that the Burbank office within Warner Bros is a far more healthy and supportive environment. I have repeated the tale that when I was first investigating this story years ago, and put the charge that women were forbidden from working in the Superman offices, I was given the response from a DC exec that the Justice League offices didn't have any women working there either, and didn't have any such allegations. It was a bit of a face-palm moment. I am now being told that the Superman offices have more women working in them than any other – which again still says more about the other offices, than it does the Superman offices.
Well, as of this weekend, it now has one fewer man. I understand that the Metal event series that Berganza was co-editing will continue to be edited, solo now, by Rebecca Taylor.
Some welcome the news. Some worry that it doesn't go anywhere far enough. Some ask about DC execs who didn't fire him and promoted him, while knowing of these issues. Some fear it is a momentary pacifier. And some wonder what happens next.
As someone once said, "now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
I have been told that, as much as the change was a result of pressure from outside, there was considerable pressure from within DC Comics as a result of recent coverage, with creators and editorial staff expressing much concern to upper management, for this policy change.
Here are a few public comments by people in the comics industry.