Raised in The Bronx, Race earned a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology from the College of City University. She was employed by DC Comics in the 1980s and had worked as a textbook editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich before entering the comics industry. She served as an Associate Editor for Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway as well as an editor in her own right. Among the titles she oversaw was World's Finest Comics which featured DC's two best-known characters, Superman and Batman. Race was a frequent collaborator with writer Greg Potter and edited his Jemm, Son of Saturn limited series and his Me & Joe Priest graphic novel. She and Potter spent several months working on new concepts for the mid-1980s relaunch of Wonder Woman, before being joined by writer/artist George Pérez. Race left DC before the first issue of the new series was published to return to book publishing and was replaced by Karen Berger.
As editor unless noted:
- All-Star Squadron #32-58, Annual #3 (1984–1986) (as Associate Editor)
- America vs. the Justice Society #1-4 (1985) (as Associate Editor)
- Booster Gold #1-5 (1986)
- DC Graphic Novel #5 ("Me & Joe Priest") (1985)
- Deadman #1-3 (1986) (as co-editor for #2-3 with Richard Bruning)
- The Fury of Firestorm #22, 24-26, 28-49, 54, Annual #3 (1984–1986) (as Associate Editor until #36, as Editor from #37 afterwards)
- Jemm, Son of Saturn #1-12 (1984–1985) (as co-editor for #1-2 with Dick Giordano)
- Secret Origins vol. 2 #4 (Firestorm) (1986)
- World's Finest Comics #306-323 (1984–1986)
- Race, Janice, brief autobiographical essay for Dick Giordano's "Meanwhile" column, Wonder Woman #317 (July 1984) "I grew up in The Bronx, in the shadow of Yankee Stadium...Here, at DC, I am the New York contact for most of the books written and edited by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway."
- Bails, Jerry (2006). "Race, Janice". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- Janice Race at the Grand Comics Database
- Nossiter, Alf (July 1, 1984), "The Harlem Globetrotter", Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (50): 39,
Janice Race is a newcomer to DC, having primarily worked in publishing as a textbook editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
- Addiego, Frankie (July 2014). "The Final Days of World's Finest". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (73): 67.
- Potter, Greg; Randall, Ron (1985). Me & Joe Priest. DC Comics. ISBN 0-930289-04-8.
- Gold, Alan "Wonder Words" letter column, Wonder Woman #329 (February 1986) "[Alan Gold will] be turning over the editorial reins to Janice Race...She has been working for several months already, as a matter of fact, with a bright new writer named Greg Potter."
- "Newsflashes". Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (82): 8. November 1, 1985.
Pérez's Amazon: George Pérez will be co-plotting and penciling the new Wonder Woman series, scheduled to debut in June 1986 [sic]. Greg Potter will be the writer and co-plotter with Pérez
- Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2003). Modern Masters Volume 2: George Perez. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 1-893905-25-X.
A week after [George Pérez] came on to Wonder Woman, Janice quit comic books. She went on to book publishing.
- Thomas, Roy letter column, Infinity, Inc. #25 (April 1986) "Janice Race has moved back into the world of book publishing after her sojourn in comics but we wish her well."
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