DC Entertainment expands their roster of exclusive talent with the signing of writer Steve Orlando and artists Evan “Doc” Shaner and Jesus Merino to create comic book content solely for DC Comics and Vertigo.
“DC Comics is the home to the icons, characters and concepts that form the bedrock of modern mythology, cross boundaries and inspire people,” said Orlando. “I’m incredibly excited to add to this great tradition of storytelling exclusively, a tradition that captured my imagination as a young reader and bring it to a new generation.” “It has been and will continue to be an honor. Anyone who knows me knows comics changed my life, and I’m looking forward to showing fans how comics have impacted me in the stories I’ll be writing.”
DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee spoke highly of Shaner, ““I’ve always been a fan of Doc’s work. In reviewing his concepts and character sketches for Future Quest, it reminded me of some of the classic animation and comic artists of the past, like Alex Toth and Milton Caniff. It was a perfect fit for this title, and I can’t wait to see him bring his talents to more DC and Vertigo titles in the future.”
“DC Comics has a history of creators and characters that I’m very fond of as both a reader and artist, and to be asked to be part of that tradition is an incredible honor for me,” said Shaner. “Superman, Captain Marvel, The Flash, Plastic Man, and so many more– these are some of my favorite characters of all time. I’m also particularly excited that I get to start my time at DC with reintroducing the Hanna-Barbera heroes featured in Future Quest, which are especially dear to me. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”
Lee also praised Merino’s work, “It’s an honor to have such a talent as Jesus on board at DC. He does a great job at combining the heroic and inspirational element of the DC mythos with a clean, dynamic and energetic style that really brings out the best in the DC characters!”
“After working with DC on so many projects, it’s great to call them my home now,” said Merino. I’ve seen a lot of changes over that time, not only in the characters, but in the company as well. With this new arrangement, I feel like the new kid in town all over again.”
Orlando, Shaner, and Merino join last months signings of Tom King, Clay Mann, and John Timms.