Marvel Comics' new editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski has admitted that he once wrote comics under the Japanese pseudonym "Akira Yoshida" for a year. As Akira, Cebulski wrote for Dreamwave, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics between 2005 and 2006 with several storylines taking heavily from Asian and Japanese influences with many of them featuring martial arts and a Japanese setting.
The revelation emerged after a tweet by Image Comics brand manager David Brothers, 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."
Rumors that Akira Yoshida was a pen-name had been circulating the comics industry for some time but Cebulski went to some effort to conceal the fact that he was Akira by creating an elaborate backstory and even getting a Japanese translator to stand in for him as the fictional writer. Addressing the story, Cebulski said:
"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 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."
Many writers and artists in the industry have been quick to point out that this sort of practice only serves to marginalize those of non-white origin in a still largely white and male orientated industry that has been struggling with diversity for some time now. Cebulski reportedly owned up to Marvel internally and was sanctioned for his actions, though this did not seemingly block his promotion. Marvel told Variety that Cebulski did publish under the name Akira Yoshida and they are aware of the situation.
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