Warren Simons has been an executive editor at Valiant since the company's relaunch in 2011. In that time he helped co-architect the return of titles like X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger and many more. Their first issue printed, X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord sold over 50,000 copies. In 2012 Valiant received a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher Of The Year. Not a bad start for any comic company.
He has now been promoted to Editor-In-Chief. That adds him to a list of EiC's from previous incarnations of Valiant that include Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Fabian Nicieza. Interesting list to be part of.
Prior to his time at Valiant, Simons spent seven years at Marvel Comics where he worked on Invincible Iron Man, Immortal Iron Fist, Thor and Daredevil. In that time his series received multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominations.
Word is that he will not only be overseeing the editorial department but he will continue editing Rai, Unity, Harbinger, X-O Manowar and Armor Hunters.
But the real way to see just what kind of editor Warren Simons is, take a look at the creators who took to twitter today to congratulate him on his promotion:
— Ben Abernathy (@Ben_Abernathy) June 24, 2014
— Joshua Hale Fialkov (@JoshFialkov) June 24, 2014
Congrats to @warrensimons on his promotion to Valiant Comics EIC. Bro.
— axel alonso (@axelalonsomarv) June 24, 2014
Wait, @warrensimons, weren't you EIC already? Is this a dressed up demotion?
— nick_lowe_ (@nick_lowe_) June 24, 2014
@warrensimons Whoa, congrats on the new gig, Warren. Well deserved.
— Christopher Sebela (@xtop) June 24, 2014
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) June 24, 2014
— BUTT STUFF WEREWOLF (@mattfraction) June 24, 2014
@warrensimons congrats on the EiC job man!
— Declan Shalvey (@declanshalvey) June 24, 2014
BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS to @warrensimons who is now officially the best E-I-C in comics. Much deserved!
— Dinesh Shamdasani (@dinesh_s) June 24, 2014
@warrensimons Congratulations Mr. Simons
— Kevin Maguire (@maguirekevin) June 24, 2014
Congrats to @warrensimons for getting promoted to the job I genuinely believed him to have. Well deserved in the most literal way possible!
— John Barber (@TheJohnBarber) June 24, 2014
@warrensimons Just heard about your EIC promo. Congrats! You were always one of the sane ones. ; )
— Andy Diggle (@andydiggle) June 24, 2014
— Mike Marts (@mikemarts) June 24, 2014
— FrancescoFrancavilla (@f_francavilla) June 24, 2014
— Robert Venditti (@robertvenditti) June 24, 2014
— Jim Zub (@JimZub) June 24, 2014
— Christos Gage (@Christosgage) June 25, 2014
Valiant keeps playing world class moneyball. Congrats, @warrensimons
— Phillip Hester (@philhester) June 25, 2014