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DC Comics Editor Eddie Berganza Accused of Sexual Harassment: Report

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Multiple sources have publically alleged that DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza has a history of sexual harassment.

Following news that Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond was fired after more than 20 years at the company as part of an ongoing restructuring of the imprint, Loser-City website co-founder Nick Hanover and Rosy Press editor Janelle Assellin noted that Berganza continues to work for the company. Hanover stated on the record that he believes Berganza is a “serial harasser.” Berganza and Bond’s roles at the company are unrelated.

Asselin, a former DC employee and a former editor for this site, said that she was “one of many” who filed reports against Berganza for his behavior while working for the company, and that she quit the company after he was promoted. She later clarified that she made a “sexual harassment claim” in 2010 (not 2011 as she initially reported).

Berganza has been with DC Comics since the mid-’90s and joined the Superman office as an editor in 1999. In December 2010, he was promoted to executive editor by editor-in-chief Bob Harras. He was demoted to group editor less than two years later in April 2012. Though it is unclear whether this demotion was a result of allegations made against Berganza, DC’s parent company Time Warner has procedures in place to deal with such claims.

(DC was approached for comment, but a spokesperson said that the company is not able to discuss confidential personnel matters.)

In a Tumblr post last September, writer Alex de Campi claimed “one of the most senior editors [at the Superman office] is a sexual harasser with multiple incidents on his HR file”. She further noted that “the Superman office allegedly employs no women,” and said that she did not know if this was “the preference of the harasser” or a requirement of the HR department. Currently, there are no female full-time staff members in the Superman office, though some female freelancers have contributed to group titles in recent years, including Meredith Finch, who wrote a run on Wonder Woman in collaboration with her husband, artist David Finch, and writer/artist Amanada Conner and artists Emanuela Luppachino and Elsa Charretier on Starfire. 

Luppachino is also part of the creative team on the upcoming Superwoman title as part of DC’s Rebirth relaunch, alongside writer/artist Phil Jimenez. Wonder Woman is no longer part of the Superman office. The upcoming run by writer Greg Rucka and artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott will be overseen by Batman group editor Mark Doyle.

 

Next: Jennifer de Guzman On Harassment In The Comic Industry

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