Marvel Laying Off 'As Many as 15 People,' Report Says

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Marvel Comics is laying off "as many as 15 people" today in an effort to cut costs, CBR reports.

The article states that the layoffs come from the editorial and production department and include editors Alejandro Arbona and Jody LeHeup. The moves are said to not be performance-based.

Arbona, an associate editor at Marvel, worked on projects including Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man 2.0 and the upcoming miniseries Victor Von Doom. LeHeup worked on X-office titles including Uncanny X-Force, and edited both Strange Tales anthology miniseries, featuring indie creators' take on Marvel characters.

In an apparent oblique but good-natured response to the news, Arbona posted on his Twitter account, "Now I can start tweeting REALLY dirty."

Marvel declined comment Thursday afternoon. Keep reading Newsarama for more as the story develops.

Update, 2:50 p.m. eastern: A tweet from Captain America writer Ed Brubaker suggests that assistant editor Rachel Pinnelas, whose credits include Thunderbolts, Heroes for Hire and Black Panther: Man Without Fear, is also among the cuts.

Update, 3:10 p.m. eastern: Writer Matt Fraction has confirmed via Twitter that Arbona will remain editor of creator-owned series Casanova, which is published by Marvel's Icon line.

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