For 2016, my slogan will apparently be: Not quite as strong as Kevin Feige, somewhat mightier than @JimLee
— Tom Brevoort (@TomBrevoort) December 16, 2015
It's an attempt to list the most powerful people working in the English speaking comic book marketplace. It's judged by all manner of attributes, the ability to influence what comics exist and sell, but also the willingness to use that power and the ability to retain said power if one aspect is taken away – a job, a gig or a prominent role. Which is why you will see a number of people on a higher spot than their bosses.
The Power List rewards those who combine roles, those who are double and triple threats and also where power is concentrated in one person or perceived identity. But it also notes certain teams who work together, who've built up a joint identity, a gestalt more powerful than the sum of their parts. Some powerful organisations or groups, where power is diffused amongst many, drop down or drop out altogether.
It does not measure talent or likeability and also does not intend to represent diversity. All it does is note power, used for the betterment – or the detriment – of comics.
The list has been created in consultation with a number of senior figures in the comics industry. However, I'm aware the one thing that can be guaranteed is that everyone will think it's wrong and prefer their own take. Including all of those who were consulted.
There will be a new post every day on Bleeding Cool. We'll run the previous ones below as well, so, in reverse order…
16. Jim Lee (UP)
Co-Publisher of DC Comics, Jim Lee's has been upping his media profile of late appearing on more videos, more panels and pushing his social media to promote the work of DC Comics. His original art sketch covers for Dark Knight III pushed that book into the number one spot of the month.
And the eventually publication of Batman Europa saw that book save DC from an even more embarrassing performance. One of the few comic book artists and DC Comics who can guarantee to get attention and publicity – when he can find the time.
Position next year depends upon: Finishing All Star Batman And Robin…
15. Tom Brevoort (UP)
The old guard of Marvel Comics consolidated into one big bearded man. As Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing, Tom Brevoort he is keeper of The Book, green lighting pitches from hopeful editors.
He recently managed to get Secret Wars out of the door (eventually) and has been pushing a great public profile, at shows, interviews and on Tumblr. He's often found shaping the event comics that dominate the direct market, while putting himself forward as the acceptable face of Marvel.
Next year's position depends upon: No More Marvelcutions.
14. Kevin Feige (DOWN)
While Kevin Feige now has far more power over the film side of Marvel Comics after this year's Marvel Coup, because he is no longer taking advice or notes from the Marvel Creative Committee, the flow of information has been cut. As President of Marvel Studios reporting directly to Disney, the post-Captain America: Civil War cinematic universe will rely less on inspiration from the comics for the movies, and the comic book folk will have less of a desire to promote the movies. Nevertheless, his influence will still be extraordinary on the Marvel line, it's just a matter of degrees. And while Marvel Films are looking at some of their more idiosyncratic characters for films, their track record on these of late has been stronger than their main franchise characters. And Marvel Comics would be fools not to get the Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies out there.
Next year's position depends upon: Marvel Comics deciding whether to cut off their nose to spite their face.
#100-#98 – Dennis Barger, Janelle Asselin, Matthew Rosenberg
#97-#95 – Rich Johnston, Marc Silvestri, James Killen
#94-#92 – Jim Demonakos, Tim Buckley, Gahl Buslov
#91-#89 – Rob Liefeld, Peter Dolan, Catlin DiMotta
#88-#86 – Ken Levin, David Alpert, Kate Leth
#85-#83 – Jason Aaron, Stephen Christy, Jon Goldwater
#82-#80 – Stan Lee, Lorelei Bunjes, Marc Toberoff
#79-#77 – Jason Kingsley, Fiona Staples, Neal Adams
#76-#74 – Jim Sokolowski, Robbie Robbins, Corey Murphy
#73-#71 – Greg Capullo, Neil Gaiman, Art Baltazar & Franco
#70-#68 – Nemesis 43, Chris Powell, Mike Armstrong
#67-#65 – Hank Kanalz, Chuck Parker, John Rogers
#64-#62 – Alan Moore, Fred Pierce, John Wurzer
#61-#59 – Kate Beaton, CB Cebulski, Charles Soule
#58-#56 – Jeff Lemire, Matt Gagnon, Gail Simone
#55-#53 – Grant Morrison, Dinesh Shamdasani, Nicola Barrucci
#52-#50 – Skottie Young, William Christensen, Brian Azzarello
#49-#47 – Warren Ellis, Tim Lenaghan, Nicola Landau
#46-#44 – Eddie Berganza, Jonathan Hickman, Ross Richie
#43-#41 – Jonah Weiland, Peter Philips, Mark Waid
#40-#38 – Chris Ryall, Dan Slott, Mark Paniccia
#37-#35 – Nick Lowe, Raini Telgemeier, Sana Amanat
#34-#32 – Mark Doyle, Lance Fensterman, Mark Millar
#31-#29 – Hajime Isayama, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Kevin Tsujihara
#28-#26 – John Cunningham, Dave Marshall, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmotti
#25-#23 – David Goyer, Loot Crate Merchandising Team, Frank Miller
#22-#20 – Ted Adams, David Steinberger, Kelly Sue DeConnick & Matt Fraction
And catch up on previous years, here:
Bleeding Cool Magazine #19 is out now in all good comic book stores. Bleeding Cool Magazine #20 with the full Top 100 Power List will be out in January.