July 24, 1958 |
Brooklyn, New York
Robert "Bob" Greenberger (born July 24, 1958) is an American who is known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He is also an elected office holder in his home of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Greenberger was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Edwin L. and Joan Greenberger. He attended Binghamton University, where he wrote and edited for the college newspaper, Pipe Dream, and also interned at the Binghamton Sun-Bulletin.
Following his graduation, he worked as an editor for Comics Scene and Starlog Press until 1984, when he joined DC Comics as an assistant editor. Greenberger was hired to assist Len Wein and Marv Wolfman by the then DC Vice President/Executive Editor Dick Giordano. The company was then rationalizing its output with the major comic book crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths and the guidebook Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. Based on his work during this period, Greenberger was promoted to editor the following year, being assigned the titles Star Trek, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. Under his editorship, the DC Comics adaptations of several Star Trek films were released, and Greenberger became involved with the Star Trek franchise, authoring a number of novels and stories set within the Star Trek universe. He worked at DC until 2000, having risen to the position of Manager-Editorial Operations. During this time, he worked on such titles as The Warlord, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files and others.
His editorial work on the Star Trek comics led to numerous contributions to the franchise's novel series. In 2001, he and novel editor John J. Ordover developed the seven-book crossover miniseries Gateways. Greenberger wrote the third novel of the series, as well as the concluding novella.
Greenberger became involved in local politics in his home of Fairfield, Connecticut beginning in 1999, initially as member of the Parking Authority from 1999 to June 2006, when he resigned to join the Cable Advisory Council for Area 2 in Connecticut. In November 2005, he was elected a Representative to Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting, and following his reelection in November 2007 was made its Moderator. After losing the 2009 election, he was appointed to represent Fairfield on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency through June 2011. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Fairfield’s Democratic Town Committee.
Greenberger left DC in 2000 and joined the online company Gist Communications. This break with the comics industry lasted until 2001, when he joined Marvel Comics as Director-Publishing Operations. Greenberger was hired to work under Joe Quesada, but was let go during a tumultuous reorganization overseen by Bill Jemas. He soon rejoined DC Comics as a Senior Editor for Collected Editions, but was let go from his position in 2006 after a reorganisation at DC and also after a publishing error which saw copies of the Golden Age Hawkman Archives printed with pages in the incorrect order. His firing was criticised by comic book writers Peter David and Christopher Priest. Greenberger found work as a freelance writer and editor, working for such companies as Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and ComicMix.com, as well as both DC and Marvel. From June 2006 to August 2007, he also served as Managing Editor at Weekly World News.
Greenberger was married to Deborah Upton in 1980. They are the parents to Kathleen Michelle (born 1986) and Robert Edward Jr. (born 1988, died 2008).
- Doomsday World (Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), with Peter David, Carmen Carter, and Michael Jan Friedman, 1991)
- The Disinherited (Star Trek, with Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman, 1992)
- The Romulan Stratagem (TNG, 1995)
- Wrath of the Prophets (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, with Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman, 1997)
- Time Station Berlin (as David Evans, 1997)
- Doors Into Chaos (TNG, 2001)
- A Time to Love (TNG, 2004)
- A Time to Hate (TNG, 2004)
- Flesh & Blood (Predator, with Michael Jan Friedman, 2007)
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army (film novelization, 2008)
- Batman: Arctic Attack (2009)
- Femme Fatales (Iron Man, 2009)
- Batman: Hunt the Dark Knight (2010)
Short stories and novellas
- "Memories of Erin" (1997)
- "Solo" (1998)
- "Hour of Fire" (Star Trek, 2000)
- "The Other Side" (TNG, 2001)
- Past Life (Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE), 2002)
- "A Matter of Faith" (2002)
- Buying Time (SCE, 2003)
- "Lefler's Logs" (Star Trek: New Frontier, 2003)
- "A Song Well Sung" (Star Trek, 2004)
- "Command Code" (Star Trek: Voyager, 2005)
- "The Landing Party" (Star Trek, 2006)
- "Things That Aren't" (with Michael A. Burstein, 2007)
- "Rain of Tears" (Zorro, 2007)
- Troubleshooting (SCE, 2007)
- A Weary Life (TNG, 2007)
- Q's Guide to the Continuum (Star Trek reference book, with Michael Jan Friedman, 1998)
- The DC Comics Encyclopedia (with Phil Jimenez, Scott Beatty and Dan Wallace, 2004)
- The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008)
- The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave (with Matthew K. Manning, Running Press 2009 ISBN 0-7624-3663-8)
- The Essential Superman Encyclopedia (with Martin Pasko, Del Rey Books 2010 ISBN 0-345-50108-X)
- The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel's Web (with Peter David, Running Press 2010 ISBN 0-7624-3772-3)
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
- "Giordano Says Staff is Complete". The Comics Journal (Fantagraphics Books) (88): 10. January 1984. ISSN 0194-7869.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
The title was written and researched by a variety of comic book historians including Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Robert Greenberger, Peter Sanderson, and E. Nelson Bridwell.
- Bob Greenberger at the Grand Comics Database and Robert Greenberger at the Grand Comics Database
- Dean, Michael (June 2006). "Exit Interview: Ex-DC Editor Bob Greenberger". The Comics Journal (Fantagraphics Books) (276): 24. ISSN 0194-7869.
- Greenberger, Robert (n.d.). "About". BobGreenberger.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015.
- Canuel, Greg (n.d.). "Fairfield Candidates' Q&A: Bob Greenberger". The Daily Fairfield. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012.
- Greenberger, Robert (May 30, 2010). "Overlooked Parking Authority on Track". Fairfield Patch. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015.
- "Author: Robert Greenberger". Crazy 8 Press. n.d. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015.
- Greenberger, Robert. "The Other Shoe Dropped", January 11, 2006, self-published. Accessed July 24, 2009. Archived from the original, July 24, 2009.
- David, Peter. "The Suckage that is Bob Greenberger being let go", January 12, 2006, self-published. Accessed July 24, 2009. Archived from the original, July 24, 2009.
- Priest, Christopher. "Bobby", January 12, 2006, self-published. Archived from the original February 10, 2006. Archive accessed July 24, 2009.
- Official website
- Robert Greenberger at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Robert Greenberger at the Comic Book DB
- Robert Greenberger at Mike's Amazing World of Comics