Janice Race

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Janice Race is an American former comic book editor best known for her work at DC Comics in the 1980s.


Raised in The Bronx,[1] Race earned a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology from the College of City University.[2] She was employed by DC Comics in the 1980s[3] and had worked as a textbook editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich before entering the comics industry.[4] She served as an Associate Editor for Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway[1] 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.[5] 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.[6] She and Potter spent several months working on new concepts for the mid-1980s relaunch of Wonder Woman,[7] before being joined by writer/artist George Pérez.[8] Race left DC before the first issue of the new series was published to return to book publishing[9][10] and was replaced by Karen Berger.


As editor unless noted:

DC Comics[edit]


  1. ^ a b 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."
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Janice Race at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Addiego, Frankie (July 2014). "The Final Days of World's Finest". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (73): 67. 
  6. ^ Potter, Greg; Randall, Ron (1985). Me & Joe Priest. DC Comics. ISBN 0-930289-04-8. 
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ "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 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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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Preceded by
Roger Slifer
World's Finest Comics editor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gerry Conway
The Fury of Firestorm editor
Succeeded by
Paul Kupperberg