Ce­bul­ski had been writ­ing un­der a Ja­panese pseu­do­nym be­fore be­ing hired by Mar­vel

The Sunday Guardian - - Bookbeat - SUGANDHA RAWAL

Mar­vel Comics’ new ed­i­torin-chief C.B. Ce­bul­ski has ad­mit­ted that he once wrote comics un­der the Ja­panese pseu­do­nym “Akira Yoshida” for a year.

The is­sue re­cently caught at­ten­tion thanks to a tweet by Im­age Comics brand man­ager David Broth­ers, who called for jour­nal­ists to ask “Mar­vel and new EiC CB Ce­bul­ski on why he chose to use the pen name Akira Yoshida in the early 2000s to write a bunch of ‘Ja­panese-y’ books for them.”

As Yoshida, Ce­bul­ski worked for Dreamwave, Dark Horse, and Mar­vel Comics be­tween 2005 and 2006, writ­ing for sev­eral high-pro­file Mar­vel minis­eries in­clud­ing Thor: Son of As­gard, X-Men: Age of Apoc­a­lypse, Elek­tra: The Hand, and Wolver­ine: Soul­taker. Many of the sto­ry­lines were set in Ja­pan and fea­tured martial arts.

Ce­bul­ski also went to the ef­fort of con­ceal­ing his iden­tity as Yoshida with an elab­o­rate back-story, claim­ing in in­ter­views that he was a Ja­panese man who had lived in the US for a pe­riod of time be­cause his father was an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­man, lead­ing to his in­tro­duc­tion to Amer­i­can comics. He claimed also to have worked in manga be­fore be­ing hired by Mar­vel.

Ru­mours that Akira Yo- shida was in fact a pen name had floated around for nearly a decade; though Ce­bul­ski was ques­tioned by re­porters many times, he main­tained that he was not Yoshida, who he said had vis­ited the Mar­vel of- fices and had sup­pos­edly met with sev­eral other em­ploy­ees.

“I stopped writ­ing un­der the pseu­do­nym Akira Yoshida after about a year,” Ce­bul­ski told Bleed­ing Cool. “It wasn’t trans­par­ent, but it taught me a lot about writ­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and

Ce­bul­ski is re­ported to have owned up to Mar­vel in­ter­nally in the past and was sanc­tioned for his ac­tions. Mar­vel has con­firmed to The In­de­pen­dent that Ce­bul­ski did pub­lish un­der the name Akira Yoshida, but that no fur­ther avail­able state­ment is avail­able at this time.

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.”

He tweeted, “Hey comics journo friends: we should def­i­nitely be ask­ing Mar­vel and new EiC CB Ce­bul­ski on why he chose to use the pen name Akira Yoshida in the early 2000s to write a bunch of ‘Ja­panese-y’ books for them.”

He was ap­pointed ed­i­torin- chief on 17 Novem­ber. Ce­bul­ski is re­ported to have owned up to Mar­vel in­ter­nally in the past and was sanc­tioned for his ac­tions. Mar­vel has con­firmed to The In­de­pen­dent that Ce­bul­ski did pub­lish un­der the name Akira Yoshida, but that no fur­ther avail­able state­ment is avail­able at this time. THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

C.B. Ce­bul­ski.

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