Longtime DC Comics editor fired after sexual harassment allegations resurface


On November 10, 2017, Buzzfeed published an article titled 'The Dark Side of Comics.' In it, numerous women who formerly worked for DC Comics detailed the sexual harassment they were subjected to by Eddie Berganza, one of DC's most prominent editors, having worked on comic book runs and characters like Brightest Day, Blackest Night, Superman and Titans.

Multiple women, including former comics journalist and former editor Janelle Asselin, are accusing DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza of sexual harassment and assault, BuzzFeed reports.

Berganza was the top editor for some of DC's major comic titles and had daily interaction with writers, artists, and other editors.

Joan Hilty, another editor at DC, alleged that Berganza "grabbed her and repeatedly tried to pull her in for a kiss" in the early 2000s, reported BuzzFeed.

In fact, Buzzfeed's report wasn't the first time Berganza had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.

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Berganza started with DC in 1992 and worked his way up to eventually become executive editor of the DCU in 2010.

In 2016, when DC fired popular veteran Vertigo editor Shelly Bond, the comics community teemed with anger, questioning why capable women were being fired when Berganza, a rumored serial harasser, was allowed to remain.

"DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics", the statement confirmed. He was named executive editor later that year. In the end, DC Comics made the right decision, but many are asking why this didn't happen sooner. In light of those allegations, Berganza's work at DC had ceased while the company conducted a "review" of the accusations. She told BuzzFeed that all the women she knew who were involved in the complaint eventually left DC.

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After the 2012 WonderCon incident, Berganza reportedly apologized to DC's all-male staff for his behavior and pledged to change.