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DC Comics says 'bye to NYC, hello to Burbank; Marvel responds




A mural on the wall of DC Comics' New York City headquarters, now closing.
A mural on the wall of DC Comics' New York City headquarters, now closing.
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After more than 75 years in New York City, Friday is officially DC Comics' last day in its historic homeland, as it's relocating to Burbank to be closer to parent company Warner Brothers — and closer to its bread and butter of movie and TV adaptations.

DC Comics tweet

"DC Comics has been part of New York City — and vice versa — for decades," the company posted on its Facebook page, saying thank you to the people of New York. "It's never easy to say goodbye but we are excited about the future and everything it holds."

Not all of the staff made the move from the offices opposite Dave Letterman and the Ed Sullivan Theater, so DC Comics has been eagerly hiring for its new West Coast offices, including snagging some talent from Marvel and other comic book companies. The changes come at all levels of the company — one of those choosing to stay behind is much-loved senior vice president Bob Wayne, who's been with DC Comics for 28 years.

Batman editor Mark Doyle told Comics Alliance that he didn't think the move would have much of an effect on teamwork in making their books.

"I don’t think moving the offices will stop any collaboration," Doyle said. "We’re not moving to Antarctica. There are a lot of flights to L.A. It should be fine." 

Longtime DC creator Paul Levitz, who served as the company's president for seven years in the 2000s, expressed more mixed feelings on the move.

"Has all this connecting been made obsolete in the era of the Internet and global interdependency? Maybe," Levitz wrote on Facebook. "But New York won't be quite the same without a DC Comics, and as a New Yorker whose life was shaped by his city and by the DC offices, I can be sad about that."

"The move west closes a long chapter in DC's history, and opens another one," another longtime creator, Ron Marz, wrote at Comic Book Resources. "DC made some promising editorial hires to staff up, while losing some truly great people who chose not to relocate."

To help give the staff some time to make the transition, DC Comics suspended all its regular titles for two months, putting out a collection of mini-series in the "Convergence" line, largely creators not connected to their regular books. Following this, DC is set to make some changes to its comics, canceling some books while launching a group of new titles.

DC also announced that the company will be less attached to fitting all their comics into a single continuity, letting creators tell good stories without worrying as much about how it ties into everything else. It's apparently a different tack than what Marvel has been doing, using their comics in a more obvious way to connect with their films and TV shows and to set up future projects in those other media.

Marvel tweeted its own response to DC's move west, which you can alternately take as genuine sadness or mean-spirited trolling, depending what you like to think of the hearts of the people behind corporate social media accounts.

Marvel tweet

Another Marvel executive decided on a similarly-themed GIF.

Agent M tweet

Marvel could be seen to be similarly commenting on DC Comics next month by releasing alternate covers to 15 of its books celebrating New York City.

Marvel New York City comic book covers

"New York has always been home for the Marvel Universe," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told the New York Post. "We were born here 75 years ago. We’re proud to be New Yorkers and we just thought that this was a way to underscore that."

Alonso drew the distinction with DC.

"Superman lives in Metropolis. Batman lives in Gotham," Alonso in the Post. "But Spider-Man is from New York and lives in Queens. Our characters have always had an intimate relationship with the city."

No word yet on whether DC will end up publishing themed comic book covers celebrating that cool Burbank lifestyle next.



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