When news broke a few weeks ago that C.B. Cebulski was going to be Marvel Comics new editor-in-chief effective immediately, the focus on the new EIC led to the resurfacing of some rumors and investigations from the past. Those rumors were that Cebulski had spent months breaking Marvel policies by writing comics for the company while pretending to be Japanese & using the pseudonym Akira Yoshida.
After years of denying this, Cebulski has finally come clean and admitted that these rumors were all fact. Cebulski provided a statement to Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool speaking about how he created the alias as a way to move away from editing & into writing at the time.
“I stopped writing under the pseudonym Akira Yoshida after about a year. It wasn’t transparent, but it taught me a lot about writing, communication and pressure. I was young and naïve and had a lot to learn back then. But this is all old news that has been dealt with, and now as Marvel’s new Editor-in-Chief, I’m turning a new page and am excited to start sharing all my Marvel experiences with up and coming talent around the globe.”
This farce went very deep as according to the reports over the years many claimed to recall meeting Yoshida and Cebulski said he had seen Yoshida at both the Marvel offices and conventions, which of course was easy to do since it was himself he was referring to. There were even interviews that Cebulski gave at the time as Yoshida where he shared a fake backstory.
Under the Yoshida name, Cebulski wrote various series from 2004 to 2005 including X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Thor: Son of Asgard, Wolverine: Soultaker and Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame before suddenly disappearing.
While it was never confirmed by Marvel, many suspected that the change in leadership from Axel Alonso to Cebulski was done because of how much controversy and bad press Marvel has battled through the year from the David Gabriel diversity comments to some of the backlash that came with Secret Empire. If that was the case, they are not off to a great start.
While Cebulski’s actions are egregious in their own right, the fact that Marvel knew about this and still gave him a promotion while highlighting him as someone that brought and will bring diverse and fresh voices and perspectives to the line is not going to sit well for many. It speaks to the stark reality that many white males in power are seemingly rewarded for their bad behavior instead of being punished for it.
Currently, there is no word on Marvel about the matter.