Axel Alonso

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Axel Alonso
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Alonso at a "Meet the Publishers" Q&A at
Midtown Comics Downtown, April 14, 2011.
Nationality American
Area(s) Editor
Awards 2004 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor
2006 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor
2010 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor

Axel Alonso is an American comic book creator, known primarily as an editor at DC Comics from 1994 to 2000, and at Marvel Comics from 2000 to the present. At DC, he edited a number of books published under their Vertigo line, such as Doom Patrol, Animal Man, Hellblazer, Preacher and 100 Bullets. As Senior Editor at Marvel Comics, he edited Spider-Man and X-Men related books before ascending to Vice President, Executive Editor in 2010, and Editor-in-Chief in January 2011, replacing Joe Quesada. He has also worked as a writer and inker.

Early life[edit]

Alonso's father is from Mexico, and his mother is from England.[1][2][3] A native of San Francisco,[4] Alonso earned his bachelor's degree in sociology/politics from University of California, Santa Cruz and earned his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Alonso worked as a journalist and magazine editor for years before he entered the comic book industry. One day, he saw an ad in The New York Times for DC Comics editors and thought it would be fun to interview, never thinking he would actually be offered a job, though he ended up being hired by the publisher.[6]

Alonso's first published work for DC Comics was Doom Patrol #80 and Animal Man #73, which were published in July 1994, the latter of which was part of the company's Vertigo line, which publishes books in genres such as horror and fantasy aimed at mature readers. Other Vertigo titles he edited until 1999 included Garth Ennis' Preacher, Black Orchid, Kid Eternity, Hellblazer, Unknown Soldier, 100 Bullets and Human Target.

In late September 2000 Alonso went to work at DC's main competition, Marvel Comics, as Senior Editor,[7][8][9] where he worked on Spider-Man books such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Peter Parker: Spider-Man. His first published work as editor was The Amazing Spider-Man trade paperback that collected issues #30 - 32 of that title, and was published in 2001.

Alonso spent more than a decade as an editor at Marvel, working on some of its most notable characters. In 2001, he began editing The Amazing Spider-Man. He would continue on the title during J. Michael Straczynski's critically acclaimed run on the title, which began in 2003. It was also in 2001 that Alonso helped to create the a Marvel MAX line for mature readers.[8]

In 2002, Alonso, then a senior editor, had lured Frank Cho's to Marvel on the basis of Cho's comic strip series Liberty Meadows. Alonso approached Cho to revamp the third-string character Shanna the She-Devil, a scantily clad jungle lady whom Cho recast in a seven-issue, 2005 miniseries as an Amazonian naïf, the product of a Nazi experiment with the power to kill dinosaurs with her bare hands but an unpredictable lack of morality.[10]

Alonso is also credited with bringing crime writers to work on Marvel titles, such as Duane Swierczynski and Victor Gischler.[11]

Alonso edited stories featuring the Western character Rawhide Kid,[8] the first of which was the 2003 biweekly Marvel Max miniseries Rawhide: Slap Leather by Ron Zimmerman and John Severin, which drew controversy[12] for its depiction of the titular character as a homosexual, albeit through the use of innuendo in the book's design and dialogue. The series was labeled with a "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" warning on the cover.[13] Alonso stated of the miniseries, "We thought it would be interesting to play with the genre. Enigmatic cowboy rides into dusty little desert town victimized by desperadoes, saves the day, wins everyone's heart, then rides off into the sunset, looking better than any cowboy has a right to."[14] Alonso would later edit the 2010 miniseries Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven by Zimmerman and Howard Chaykin.

Alonso (center) during the Marvel NOW! panel at the 2012 New York Comic-Con. Seated with him from left to right are editor Steve Wacker, C.B. Cebulski and (barely visible) Jeph Loeb.

Although primarily an editor, Alonso also wrote Spider-Man: One More Day Sketchbook, a 2007 tie-in book to the "Spider-Man: One More Day" storyline, and inked issues 3 and 4 of the 2008 miniseries NYX: No Way Home.

Alonso would also oversee critically acclaimed runs on X-Men, such as "X-Men: Messiah Complex" (2007–08) and "Curse of the Mutants" (2010–11).[8]

He was promoted to Vice President, Executive Editor in early 2010, and oversaw cross-promotional projects such an issue of the ESPN The Magazine, which depicted several NBA basketball players as Marvel superheroes.[6][8][15] The issue was published in October 2010 by ESPN, which like Marvel, is owned by parent company Disney.[16]

In July 2010 Alonso and fellow Marvel editor Tom Brevoort began a weekly column on Comic Book Resources called "Marvel T&A", a new installment of which appears every Friday, along with Joe Quesada's "Cup O' Joe" column.[6][17]

On January 4, 2011, Alonso was named editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, replacing Joe Quesada,[8] who was named Chief Creative Officer the previous June.[15] In attaining the position of editor-in-chief, he became only the third person in 15 years to hold the position, and one of the few in the company’s history to gain it "without tumult or corporate bloodshed".[18]

Personal life[edit]

Alonso has a son named Tito,[18] who was 11 as of March 2014.[19]

Awards[edit]

Wins[edit]

  • 2004 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor[20]
  • 2006 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor[21]
  • 2010 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor[22]

Nominations[edit]

  • 2007 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor[23]
  • 2008 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marvel Comics introduces mixed-race Spider-Man". BBC News. August 3, 2011.
  2. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 2, 2011). "A TV comedy assured new Spidey's creator". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ching, Albert (August 2, 2011). "Identity of the New ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Revealed". Newsarama.
  4. ^ a b "Avengers VS X-Men: War Journals: Cast: Axel Alonso". MTV. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Richards, Dave (September 12, 2008). "FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK: Axel Alonso". Comic Book Resources.
  6. ^ a b c Phegley, Kiel (January 4, 2011). "Alonso Named Marvel Editor-In-Chief". Comic Book Resources.
  7. ^ Quesada, Joe. "Marvel T&A: Tributes & Teasers", Comic Book Resources, September 24, 2010
  8. ^ a b c d e f Moore, Matt. "Marvel Promotes Axel Alonso to Editor-in-Chief", ABC News, January 4, 2011
  9. ^ "Marvel Promotes Axel Alonso to Editor-in-chief", CBS News, January 4, 2011
  10. ^ Shin, Annys (August 29, 2010). "Personal Liberties: Comic book artist Frank Cho has made a career of being bawdy and bold". The Washington Post.
  11. ^ Phegley, Kiel. "Alonso Speaks as Editor-In-Chief". Comic Book Resources. January 7, 2011
  12. ^ Paul, Ryan (2003-03-19). "Rawhide Kid #1-2". PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  13. ^ "Rawhide Kid (Marvel, MAX imprint, 2003 Series)". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Wilde West". The Advocate. 02-04-2003. p. 23. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  15. ^ a b "Marvel's JOE QUESADA Promoted to Chief Creative Officer". Newsarama. June 2, 2010
  16. ^ Phegley, Kiel (October 21, 2010). "Marvel & ESPN Redraft the NBA". Comic Book Resources.
  17. ^ Quesada, Joe (July 9, 2010). "Introducing Marvel T&A!". Comic Book Resources.
  18. ^ a b Itzkoff, Dave (March 25, 2011). "Modern Marvel". The New York Times.
  19. ^ Ching, Albert (March 14, 2014.). "Axel-In-Charge: SXSW Wrap Up, Digital Initiatives and Marvel's New #1s". Comic Book Resources.
  20. ^ Patty, Shawn. "2004 Eagle Awards Winners". Comics Bulletin. November 11, 2004
  21. ^ "2006 Eagle Awards winners". Eagle Awards. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  22. ^ "2010 Eagle Award winners". The Beat. October 30, 2010
  23. ^ "2007 Eagle Awards winners". Eagle Awards. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  24. ^ "2008 Eagle Awards winners". Eagle Awards. Retrieved January 5, 2011.

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Preceded by
Joe Quesada
Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief
2011–
Succeeded by
Incumbent