February 26, 1958
|Awards||"Best Editor" Eisner Award (1992, 1994 and 1995)|
Karen Berger (born February 26, 1958) is an American comic book editor. She is best known as for her role in helping create DC Comics' Vertigo imprint in 1993 and serving as the line's Executive Editor until 2013.
Berger majored in English literature and art history at Brooklyn College, and upon her graduation in 1979, she entered the comics profession as an assistant to editor Paul Levitz at DC. She later became Levitz's editor when he was writing Legion of Super-Heroes. More interested in horror comics, she soon became editor of House of Mystery, and was instrumental in nurturing Alan Moore's Swamp Thing book, taking over the editing from co-creator Len Wein. She also edited Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. She later helped bring Neil Gaiman's work to a mass audience by having him write The Sandman.
The success of these titles, and her willingness to help the writers who worked with her push the envelope of what could be done in mass-circulation comic books, led to the creation of the mature-reader Vertigo line in 1993. Her critically and popularly successful titles under that imprint include Fables, Hellblazer, The Invisibles, 100 Bullets, Preacher, V for Vendetta, and Y: The Last Man.
In 2007 Berger was named supervising editor (along with Senior Editor Shelly Bond) of Minx, a new comic book imprint published by DC. Minx published comics and graphic novels aimed at teenage girls until they were cancelled in 2008.
On December 3, 2012, she announced that she would be stepping down from her post as Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint and that she would remain on through March 2013 to assist in the transition to a new editorial team.
- Irvine, Alex (2008). "House of Mystery". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 88. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015.
- "Chains of command unfolding at DC" by Heidi MacDonald for The Beat, February 18, 2010. Accessed February 18, 2010.
- Schneider, Karl (2006-11-29). "DC to launch "Minx" comic for girls". Mania: Beyond Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
- "Karen Berger Steps Down as Vertigo Executive Editor, SVP". 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
- 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
- 1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
- 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
- Karen Berger at the Comic Book DB