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Creator Spotlight: Karen Berger

Karen Berger
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A Brief History of Karen Berger

Karen Berger is a comics writer and one of the most-influential editors of the last four decades.

She began working in comics in 1979 as an assistant to editor Paul Levitz at DC Comics. She later became Levitz’s editor when he was writing Legion of Super-Heroes. Pursuing her interest in horror comics, she became editor of House of Mystery and was instrumental in nurturing Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

She is credited as ushering in a wave of British writers including Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and Neil Gaiman. Berger helped bring Gaiman’s work to a mass audience by having him write The Sandman. The success of works under Berger guidance led to DC’s creation of Vertigo in 1993, a line of mature-reader comics. Wildly popular titles under that imprint include Fables, Hellblazer, The Invisibles, 100 Bullets, Preacher, V for Vendetta, and Y: The Last Man.

A New Chapter

At the end of 2012, Berger stepped down as Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. In February 2017, she announced her return to the comic world. She is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to create a new imprint, Berger Books. The new imprint will feature creator-owned work hand-picked and edited by Berger herself.

In addition, she has won many prestigious awards including the the Inkpot Award in 1990, three Eisner Awards (1992,1994 and 1995), and the Comics Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Editor every year from 1997 through 2005.


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