Axel Alonso is American comic book creator, known primarily as an editor at DC Comics from 1994-2000 and at Marvel Comics from 2000 to the present. At DC he edited books such as Doom Patrol and a number of books published under their Vertigo line, such as Animal Man, Hellblazer, Preacher and 100 Bullets. As Senior Editor at Marvel Comics, he edited Spider-Man and X-Men-related books before ascending to vice president, executive editor in 2010, and editor-in-chief in January 2011, replacing Joe Quesada. He has also done work as a writer and inker.
Alonso worked as a journalist and magazine editor for years before he entered the comic book industry. One day, he saw an ad in The New York Times for DC Comics editors and thought it would be fun to interview, never thinking he would actually be offered a job, though he ended up being hired by the publisher.
Alonso's first published work for DC Comics was Doom Patrol #80 and Animal Man #73, which were published in July 1994, the latter of which was part of the company's Vertigo line. Other Vertigo titles he edited until 1999 included Garth Ennis' Preacher, Black Orchid, Kid Eternity, Hellblazer, Unknown Soldier, 100 Bullets and Human Target.
In late September 2000 Alonso went to work at DC's main competition, Marvel Comics, as senior editor, where he worked on Spider-Man books such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Peter Parker: Spider-Man. His first published work as editor was the Amazing Spider-Man trade paperback that collected issues #30-32 of that title, and was published in 2001.
Alonso spent more than a decade as an editor at Marvel, working on some of its most notable characters, and helping to create the Marvel MAX line for mature readers, and overseeing critically acclaimed runs on The Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men. He is also credited with bringing crime writers to work on Marvel titles, such as Duane Swierczynski and Victor Gischler.
He was promoted to vice president, executive editor in early 2010, and oversaw cross-promotional projects such an issue of the ESPN The Magazine, which depicted several NBA basketball players as Marvel superheroes. The issue was published in October 2010 by ESPN, which like Marvel, is owned by parent company Disney.
On January 4, 2011, Alonso was named editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, replacing Joe Quesada.
- 2004 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor
- 2006 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor
- 2010 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor
- 2007 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor
- 2008 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Editor