Comics veteran Mike Marts has left his position at AfterShock Comics to become executive vice president and editor in chief of Mad Cave Studios.
Marts brings more than 30 years of experience in the comics industry to the company, including roles as an executive editor for Marvel Comics, group editor for DC Comics and editor in chief for AfterShock, where he has been for the last eight years.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Marts to Mad Cave Studios. He’s a proven leader and gifted storyteller with a keen eye for talent and quality,” said Mark London, CEO + CCO of Mad Cave Studios. “Not only does Mike himself have 30 years worth of editorial experience, but also he has proven to be a valuable source of guidance for young creators along the way. As Mad Cave continues to establish itself in the growing comic book and graphic novel industry, we can’t think of a better person than Mike to take the role as executive vice president and editor in chief.”
According to the press release, Marts will oversee Mad Cave Studios editorial staff to “ensure that all Mad Cave comics into 2023 and beyond are filled with unparalleled character-driven storytelling and bombastic action.” He will also have responsibility for Mad Cave’s young adult imprint, Maverick, and Papercutz, which Mad Cave acquired earlier this year.
“I’ve been watching Mad Cave’s progress from afar over the past several years, and have been completely impressed with their rapid growth and bold moves,” Marts said. “How lucky am I to be invited to join Mad Cave’s team at such an exciting time in their company’s expansion. The company is poised to make further big impacts within the industry…my hope is that my creative network and years of experience can help add to this already formidable powerhouse.”
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