Eddie Berganza Suspended By DC

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal started a deluge of accusations against powerful men in the entertainment industry, the comics industry has remained largely silent despite having its own poster child for sexual harassment in the DC editorial offices, Eddie Berganza. For years, DC remained silent as comics news outlets reported case after case of Berganza harassing staffers and freelancers, yet retaining his high profile and powerful position within one of the largest publishers. DC and Warner Bros. both remained silent about his status during all this time.

Until a major internet news outlet reported on Berganza’s history of egregious behavior and apparent protection from higher-ups at DC Comics. Buzzfeed’s reporting also expanded the charges against Berganza. Within hours of the allegations getting mainstream coverage, DC Comics issued the following statement.

DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics. There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.

This is not a firing, but a suspension, but it is action, which I can applaud, just not very enthusiastically. The allegations went ignored for years, and Berganza still has a job. Nevertheless, action was taken and Needless Essentials Online lifts its embargo on all DC Superman titles. Let’s hope that long-delayed justice is finally served for all of Berganza’s victims.