In last years inaugural list the top spot went to DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, but this year the fan-favorite artist drops back in our list to be replaced by Dan Buckley the Chief Operations Officer for the cross-town (for now) rivals Marvel Comics. Buckley has been with the company for ten years, helping them grow to dominate the comic book market as well as oversee both print and animation and be a major part of the creative committee for both Marvel television and movies. Buckley’s climb in power can be directly tied to the success Marvel is seeing in all of it’s creative endeavors.
The Top 100 list is compiled by the comic industry’s leading gossip columnist, Rich Johnston. The driving force behind the comic side of www.bleedingcool.com has shown an uncanny ability to dig up the most inside of information. Johnston’s sarcastic wit and unending well of confidential informants has made him one of the most famous and infamous people in the industry. This makes him uniquely qualified to rank the power players pulling the strings in the comic industry.
The complete Top 100 list will appear in this Wednesday’s Bleeding Cool Magazine #7. It has been value priced at only $1.99, making it easy for anyone interested in where the powers-that-be were ranked to obtain a copy. With over 100 pages of editorial and a special free Shadowman #13X exclusive comic polybagged with the issue, it is quite a deal.