Valiant Entertainment has hired Joe Illidge as Executive Editor of its comic book publishing division. Illidge joins the New York City-based publisher after a two-year stint as Lion Forge Comics' Senior Editor.
“I’ve been a fan of the Valiant Universe of titles from the very beginning, and it’s truly one of the best, most versatile, and most beloved fictional universes in comics. The company’s legacy is a testament to a clear vision, quality, unquestionable experience, commitment, and strong relationships with the creators, fans, and retailers,” said Illidge in a press release. “Harbinger has always been one of my favorites, and Faith Herbert may be my favorite character in the Valiant line. Storylines like The Book of Death, Harbinger Wars, Armor Hunters, and The Valiant are exemplary; the new X-O Manowar series is stellar; Harbinger Wars 2 is going to take science fiction in comics to a new level; and what Andy Diggle has planned for the future of Shadowman promises to be exciting, intense, and memorable.”
Illidge began working out of Valiant's New York City offices on Friday, April 6, and according to Valiant will be "work closely" with Valiant's Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons for the company's comic endeavors moving forward.
“In my new role as Executive Editor, I look forward to working with the great people here to lead the Valiant Universe of characters to the next evolutionary stage and unlocking the ideas that will further cement Valiant’s foothold in an industry of new growth areas and paradigm shifts,” Illidge added. “With Vin Diesel about to embark on playing Bloodshot in the upcoming film and people like friend Reginald Hudlin on board to shape the story of Shadowman for a global audience, Valiant Entertainment is going to continue to be the provider of quality stories on a worldwide scale."
Illidge joins Valiant's editorial staff, which includes Simons, editor Karl Bollers, managing editor Robert Meyers, and editorial assistants David Menchel and Benjamin Peterson.
“I personally hand-picked Joe to join us here at Valiant not only because of his great skills and experience as a comics editor but because I know how passionate he is for these characters and how well he’ll treat them,” Simons said in the release. “Joe is a fantastic addition to the editorial staff and will help us continue to be one of the best publishers in comics today. I can’t wait until we announce some of the titles and projects we are working on together.”
Simons joined Valiant as Executive Editor in 2011, and was promoted three years later to Editor-in-Chief with that previous role vacated until now. Valiant did not respond to inquiries regarding recent rumors of Simons exiting the company.
“There is no question that Joe has an intense love for these characters, and that is what really matters,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce in the press release. “He is a fantastic new player on our team. What he and Warren are planning for the next year will stand up to – if not exceed – what we have done in the past. I think the fans will be very happy.”
Illidge is best-known as an editor for Milestone Media and later DC Comics' Batman titles - including during the "No Man's Land" crossover.