Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

This week on Back Issue Bloodbath, it’s another creator spotlight. What’s different this time around is that instead of featuring a writer or artist, we’re looking at the career of a famous editor: Karen Berger. Karen began her career in 1979 as an assistant editor under Paul Levitz at DC Comics. Having an eye for talent and a drive to bring more diverse storytelling to mainstream comics, Karen is responsible for bringing in some of the best writers in the 80s and 90s. Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison all worked under Karen and created some amazing stories that people are still buying in trade paperback and hardcover to this day. This eventually lead to Berger creating the Vertigo imprint at DC and more recently, Berger Books at Dark Horse.

While writers and artists are the superstars of comics, a good editor can nurture new talent and let it blossom. Karen created a space for writers and artists to create innovative tales that pushed the boundaries. The result was work that redefined the medium.

Listen to Andrew and Sammy talk about the editor who helped bring us Sandman, 100 Bullets, Preacher, Y the Last Man and more! It’s all coming your way on this episode of Bloodbath.

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