Karen Berger

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Karen Berger
Born (1958-02-26) February 26, 1958 (age 60)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Awards "Best Editor" Eisner Award (1992, 1994 and 1995)

Karen Berger (/ˈbɜːrɡər/; born February 26, 1958) is an American comic book editor. She is best known 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,[1] 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.[2][3]

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.

Berger is married to Richard Bruning,[4] who also formerly worked at DC.

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.[5]

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.[6]

The New York Times profiled Berger and her departure from Vertigo in an article entitled "Comics' Mother of 'The Weird Stuff' is Moving On".[7]

In February 2017 Dark Horse Comics announced that Karen Berger would be overseeing a new line of creator owned comics published by Dark Horse under the imprint: Berger Books.[8]

As of August 2018 Berger Books publishes several titles including Ann Nocenti's "The Seeds" and Christopher Cantwell's "She Could Fly".


Berger won the Inkpot Award in 1990, three Eisner Awards (1992,[9] 1994[10] and 1995[11]), and the Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Editor every year from 1997 through 2005.

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Jewish Women's Archive. "Karen Berger". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Darius, Julian (December 3, 2012). "Karen Berger to Leave DC". Sequart.org. Sequart. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chains of command unfolding at DC" Archived 2010-02-21 at the Wayback Machine. by Heidi MacDonald for The Beat, February 18, 2010. Accessed February 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Schneider, Karl (2006-11-29). "DC to launch "Minx" comic for girls". Mania: Beyond Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  6. ^ "Karen Berger Steps Down as Vertigo Executive Editor, SVP". 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  7. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (29 May 2013). "Comics' Mother of 'the Weird Stuff' Is Moving On" – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ Amato, Peter (17 February 2017). "Dark Horse Announces New Line of Books Overseen by Vertigo Founder Karen Berger" – via pastemagazine.com.
  9. ^ 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
  10. ^ 1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
  11. ^ 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac

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