DC Comics fires editor Eddie Berganza over sexual harassment accusations
Following a BuzzFeed report, the publisher initially suspended, then terminated, the long-time employee
“Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza,” the company said in a statement. “We are committed to eradicating harassment and ensuring that all employees, as well as our freelance community, are aware of our policies, are comfortable reporting any concerns and feel supported by our Company.”
Berganza worked at DC Comics for 25 years, mostly as an editor — most recently working on the publisher’s blockbuster event series, Dark Nights: Metal. Nevertheless, his alleged reputation sometimes kept comic creators from working with DC. BuzzFeed reported that writer-artist Sophie Campbell turned down an opportunity to work on Supergirl in 2006 after finding out the book would be under Berganza’s jurisdiction, telling BuzzFeed that doing so would feel “scuzzy and scary.” She wasn’t the only one.
“I’ve lost count of how many times I explicitly told DC editorial that I wouldn’t write for them because of Berganza,” Monstress writer Marjorie Liu tweeted on Monday.
After the Berganza news broke, other comic creators came forward with acknowledgments of their own complicity or failure to act.
“I love DC Comics and their characters and love working with them,” tweeted Black Hammer writer Jeff Lemire, who has written for a number of DC properties like Animal Man. “But Eddie Berganza should have been fired a long time ago. I believe and support all the women who spoke out. But more of us should have supported them before this weekend.”
On Saturday, Berganza was suspended by DC Comics, pending an investigation into the claims.