Bob Schreck has been named the first editor in chief of new company Legendary Comics, formed as a division of powerhouse production company Legendary Pictures.  The new company plans to publish four to six original graphic novels a year, and will, of course, “look to bring the newly-created comic-based IP produced by the venture to other entertainment platforms such as film and television.” 


Past Legendary Pictures productions include Inception, Clash of the Titans, The Dark Knight, 300, and The Hangover.  Legendary productions in development include Godzilla, Warcraft, Gravel, and Mass Effect.    


“I am looking forward to building Legendary Comics into a world-class label for the best writers and artists we know,” Schreck said.  “We have a real opportunity to deliver hard-hitting characters and exciting, innovative storylines to comic book aficionados.  We are in the fortunate position of already having major support from the community and collaborations lined up with world-class creators.”


Schreck moves to Legendary from IDW (see “Bob Schreck Joins IDW”), where he was Senior Editor.  IDW released a statement indicating that the departure was amicable.  “We appreciate all the hard work Bob has done for IDW, and are sad to see him go,” IDW CEO Ted Adams said.  “But this is a great opportunity for Bob, and we wish him the best of luck.”  Prior to IDW, Schreck had a long stretch at DC Comics, and earlier stints at Dark Horse and Oni.


Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and Max Brooks all expressed their support for the new venture. 


Miller:  “Legendary has proven its ‘fides all over the movie industry and I expect no less from its publishing arm.  With Bob they’ve made the perfect choice:  the man’s a talent magnet.”   


Gaiman:  “I’m thrilled that Legendary is going to be entering the world of comics.  I’ve been amazed and delighted by their respect for creators….”

Brooks:  To be attached to a creative engine of this magnitude is as thrilling as it is humbling.”