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Thursday, November 28, 2013 

What's the point of a power list when the people listed on it are the most undeserving?

USA Today's told that Bleeding Cool came up with a "power list" for high-ranking people in the comics industry. But I really don't see the point of giving them credence. It's very much a yes-and-no affair, since the people cited, like Joe Quesada and Dan Didio, don't deserve those positions of power. The reporter says:
Marvel superheroes are kings and queens of comic books and Hollywood, so it's fitting that the folks behind the scenes are deemed the most powerful in the comics industry by some.

Dan Buckley, president and publisher at Marvel Entertainment, headlines the second annual Top 100 Power List featured in the latest issue of Bleeding Cool Magazine, out today. [...]
What's he done for the company he's in charge of? He did little or nothing on his part to find a better EIC than Quesada, thus making himself no better a publisher than Bill Jemas. Nor did he try to dissuade Quesada from erasing the Spider-marriage. I don't see what makes him so important.

So the paper has at least one thing right: Buckley is one of the most influential people in the medium...for some. That is, the crowd that has no problem with all the abuse today's managements put Marvel products through. Truth be told, he, and several of the other executives listed, are some of the most undeserving people in comics today.

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