Michelle Miller, a correspondent for CBS This Morning spoke with Marvel Comics editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski:
This Morning host: Avengers: Infinite Wars has climbed to box office success, earning more than $1.9 million worldwide. It’s the latest his from Marvel Studios inspired by some classic storylines. Michelle Miller visited Marvel to see how the company is trying to reignite fan interest in the comics behind the movies.
Michelle Miller (off screen): Marvel superheroes dominate screens big and small. They shatter box office records while marking milestones. So sometimes it can be easy to forget that these heroes and villains got their start on the pages of comics.
Michelle Miller: Marvel is seeing this amazing screen time, both on television and on the big screen. Is that translating to you in the comics field?
C.B. Cebulski: Very much so.
Very much so? That’s a lie.
I’d like to be generous and say that whoever said this just didn’t have the correct information. Maybe they read a bad Wikipedia article or something penned by Bleeding Cool head writer Rich Johnston. I can’t say that. The person who said this is the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He knows how bad the sales have been for Marvel Comics, yet there he was on national broadcast TV lying his balls off.
That’s not good.
The most important thing to take away from the segment is when C.B. Cebulski was given the opportunity to tell the truth or not tell the truth, he chose to not tell the truth. C.B. Cebulski is a liar.
That’s all you really need to know about the man.
Later in the pre-recorded portion of the segment, Michelle Miller talked about how 2017 was a tough year for Marvel Comics, even mentioning, among other things, there was a sales slump.
From the interview:
Michelle Miller: What is Marvel’s commitment to diversity not only in its characters but in the creative development?
C.B. Cebulski: We’re 100 percent committed to diversity. Marvel is the world outside your window. And we want not only our characters but our creative talent to reflect that world. And it hasn’t been an easy road, to be honest with you. Going back to the 60s when Marvel was created, It was created by a number of white men here in New York City working in our studio. But now, we don’t have any artists working in Marvel. Now all our writers and artists, freelancers, live around the world. So our talent base has diversified almost more quickly than our character base has.
More proof C.B. Cebulski is a liar was when he included the phrase “to be honest with you.” That’s not something an honest person ever has to say. It suggests everything else they’ve said is a lie. When an honest person speaks, everything they say is honest. They don’t have to separate the honest comments from the dishonest comments. They’re all honest comments.
When Marvel Comics fired Axel Alonso and hired C.B. Cebulski, my hopes were high he would right the rotting ship Marvel Comics has become. At this point, that task will fall upon the rounded shoulders of whoever takes over when C.B. Cebulski is fired. My guess that will be sooner rather than later.
I hope the next editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics will be a woman. Not only a woman but a gay black woman who practices the religion of the ancient Mayans. The perfect candidate would have lost a leg below the knee to diabetes and is legally blind, again because of diabetes.
As far a diversity goes, it would be hard to top all that. A blind, one-legged black woman who’s sexually attracted to other women, suffers from diabetes and prays to the Mayan god Itzamna would make a fantastic editor-in-chief for Marvel comics.
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