Robert Greenberger

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Robert Greenberger
Born (1958-07-24) July 24, 1958 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Editor
http://www.bobgreenberger.com

Robert Greenberger (born July 24, 1958)[1] is an American writer and editor known for his work on Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, and for the executive positions he held at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He also served as an elected office holder in his home of Fairfield, Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Greenberger was born to a Jewish family[2] in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Edwin L. and Joan Greenberger. He attended Binghamton University, where he wrote and edited for the college newspaper, Pipe Dream, and also interned at the Binghamton Sun-Bulletin.[3]

Career[edit]

Following his graduation, he worked as an editor for Comics Scene and Starlog Press until 1984, when he joined DC Comics as an assistant editor.[4] Greenberger was hired to assist Len Wein and Marv Wolfman by the then DC Vice President/Executive Editor Dick Giordano. The company was then organizing its output with the major comic book crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths and the guidebook Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe.[5] Based on his work during this period, Greenberger was promoted to editor the following year, being assigned the titles Star Trek, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol.[6] Under his editorship, the DC Comics adaptations of several Star Trek films were released, and his editorial work on the Star Trek comics led to numerous contributions to the franchise's novel series.[7] In 2001, he and novel editor John J. Ordover developed the seven-book crossover miniseries Gateways. Greenberger wrote the third novel of the series, as well as the concluding novella. He worked at DC until 2000,[6] having risen to the position of Manager-Editorial Operations. During this time, he worked on such titles as The Warlord, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files and others.[3][7]

Greenberger became involved in local politics in his home of Fairfield, Connecticut beginning in 1999, initially as member of the Parking Authority from 1999 to June 2006, when he resigned to join the Cable Advisory Council for Area 2 in Connecticut. In November 2005, he was elected a Representative to Fairfield's Representative Town Meeting, and following his reelection in November 2007 was made its Moderator. After losing the 2009 election, he was appointed to represent Fairfield on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency through June 2011. He also served as Vice-Chair of Fairfield's Democratic Town Committee[8][9][10] and retired from the post in 2013 when he relocated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Maryland.[11]

Greenberger left DC in 2000 and joined the online company Gist Communications. This break with the comics industry lasted until 2001, when he joined Marvel Comics as Director-Publishing Operations. Greenberger was hired to work under Joe Quesada, but was let go during a tumultuous reorganization overseen by Bill Jemas.[7] He soon rejoined DC Comics as a Senior Editor for Collected Editions, but was terminated from his position in 2006 after a reorganization at DC and a publishing error which saw copies of the Golden Age Hawkman Archives printed with pages in an incorrect order.[7][12] His firing was criticized by comic book writers Peter David and Christopher Priest.[13][14] Greenberger found work as a freelance writer and editor, working for such companies as Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, Syfy, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and ComicMix.com, as well as both DC and Marvel. rom June 2006 to August 2007, he also served as Managing Editor at Weekly World News.

Personal life[edit]

Greenberger married Deborah Upton in 1980. They are the parents to Kathleen Michelle (born 1986) and Robert Edward Jr. (born 1988, died 2008).[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories and novellas[edit]

Comic books[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Q's Guide to the Continuum Star Trek reference book with Michael Jan Friedman, Pocket Books 1998 ISBN 978-0671019488
  • The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe with Phil Jimenez, Scott Beatty and Dan Wallace, Dorling Kindersley 2004 ISBN 978-0756605926
  • The Essential Batman Encyclopedia, Del Rey Books 2008 ISBN 978-0345501066
  • The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave with Matthew K. Manning, Running Press 2009 ISBN 0-7624-3663-8
  • The Essential Superman Encyclopedia with Martin Pasko, Del Rey Books 2010 ISBN 0-345-50108-X
  • The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel's Web with Peter David, Running Press 2010 ISBN 0-7624-3772-3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Wills, Adam (July 22, 2009). "Jews Get Geek on at Comic-Con". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on July 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Greenberger, Robert (n.d.). "About". BobGreenberger.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Giordano Says Staff is Complete". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (88): 10. January 1984. ISSN 0194-7869.
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The title was written and researched by a variety of comic book historians including Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Robert Greenberger, Peter Sanderson, and E. Nelson Bridwell.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b Bob Greenberger at the Grand Comics Database and Robert Greenberger at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ a b c d Dean, Michael (June 2006). "Exit Interview: Ex-DC Editor Bob Greenberger". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (276): 24. ISSN 0194-7869.
  8. ^ Canuel, Greg (n.d.). "Fairfield Candidates' Q&A: Bob Greenberger". The Daily Fairfield. Fairfield, Connecticut. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Greenberger, Robert (May 30, 2010). "Overlooked Parking Authority on Track". Fairfield Patch. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Author: Robert Greenberger". Crazy 8 Press. n.d. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015.
  11. ^ Greenberger, Robert (March 5, 2013). "Moving Days - Both Emotional and Physical". BobGreenberger.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Greenberger, Robert. "The Other Shoe Dropped", January 11, 2006, self-published. Accessed July 24, 2009. Archived from the original, July 24, 2009.
  13. ^ David, Peter. "The Suckage that is Bob Greenberger being let go". January 12, 2006, self-published. Accessed July 24, 2009. Archived from the original, July 24, 2009.
  14. ^ Priest, Christopher. "Bobby", January 12, 2006, self-published. Archived from the original February 10, 2006. Archive accessed July 24, 2009.
  15. ^ "2014 Scribe Award Nominees". Locus. April 7, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018.

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Preceded by
Julius Schwartz
Secret Origins vol. 2 editor
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Roy Thomas
Preceded by
n/a
Suicide Squad editor
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Dan Raspler
Preceded by
Mike Gold
Doom Patrol vol. 2 editor
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Mark Waid