In this week’s Cup O’ Joe, Marvel chief Joe Quesada and the Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin talk about, among other subjects, Quesada’s tenure and whether or not he’ll leave the position “feet first”:
JM: So let’s do a little bit of retrospective here. You’ve been editor in chief at Marvel for…going on nine years now, right? You must have learned something in that interim! What’s the one greatest lesson you’ve learned?
JQ: It’s actually eight years, I’ll be starting my ninth soon. I’m sure there are plenty of people surprised about that, me included.
There have been many lessons that I’ve learned over that time. How could I not? Patience is perhaps the most important one, and the rest are too countless to list.
JM: Now you’ve mentioned in the past that with the obvious exception of Stan Lee, the job of Marvel editor in chief…usually doesn’t treat you well at the end. Most everyone leaves the position feet-first. Is that gonna be the eventual case with you?
JQ: As I said, no one is more surprised by the fact that I’ve been here this long more than me. Some may consider this a bit bleak, but I’ve always made it a point to come to work assuming that any given day could be my last. You can’t take stuff like that for granted and it helps keep me on my toes. This has nothing to do nor should it reflect in any way on Marvel, as the company has been great to me. It’s just the way that I like to approach things. I did the same during my freelance days, I may be an artist who is considered “hot” this year, perhaps next year not so much. I’ve seen too many people and have heard too many stories of folks in comics or the entertainment industry taking their station way too seriously and too much for granted. I don’t want to ever be that way. Being EIC of Marvel is an honor and a great job to have, and while there are no guarantees, what is a certainty is that I won’t be EIC forever. When that day comes, whether it be of my own volition or Marvel’s, I don’t ever want to have it come as an earth-shattering surprise.
Anything can happen in the world of business. To think that it can’t happen to you is just foolish and presumptuous.
So, the simple answer, who knows?
They also share some of John Romita Jr.’s art from his upcoming Amazing Spider-Man run, Mike Deodato Jr.’s from the Wolverine: Roar one-shot and the cover to X-Force #9, which features the return of Domino (pictured above).