Gossip: DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Warner Bros and AT&T Realpolitik at Play

Bleeding Cool ran a report after San Diego Comic-Con regarding discussion over the departure of Bill Morrison as Editor-In-Chief of MAD Magazine earlier in the year. We thought it may be worth revisiting. Especially as Morrison's departure made it a lot easier for DC Comics to move MAD Magazine to reprint-only.

It also made it a lot easier for DC Comics to meet its Warner Bros commitments to a 3% reduction of staff, or in this case seven people, the last time they had a big company-wide reorganisation. As well as John Cunningham, Mark Chiarello and Eddie Scammell, they could add Bill Morrison, Dan Telfer, Allie Goertz and Casey Boyd, all MAD staff employees. And in doing so, not affecting DC Comics editorial staffers any further.

Wa MAD Magazine sacrificed in order to keep DC Comics people in work? That is what is being suggested.

Of course, it may all be moot as we are hearing that, only a few months since the last one, DC Comics may be undergoing another change regarding where it is positioned within Warner Bros/AT&T's vast sprawl. The ripples across the company of Ann Sarnoff becoming the new Warners CEO last week may explain some of the gossip around the West Coast this past week from a number of sources, even as DC publisher Pamela Lifford was making a motivational speech to the troops.

It'll all come out in the wash, I'm sure. Interesting times…

Gossip: DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Warner Bros and AT&T Realpolitik at Play




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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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