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A St. Lawrence University graduate has been named publisher of Marvel Enterprises, Inc. - the company whose products include Marvel Comics.

Dan Buckley '89 was recently appointed to the newly created post. He brings to Marvel more than 12 years of publishing and marketing experience, including the last six at the Omnicom Group, Inc, where he most recently held the position of vice president for operations and communications for Omnicom's Radiate Group, Inc., a network of 20-plus experiential marketing agencies located in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Pan-Pacific. Prior to his tenure at Omnicom, Buckley spent over seven years at Marvel Enterprises serving in diverse operations ranging from international publishing to new product development, and last served as vice president for marketing services.

As publisher, Buckley's primary responsibility will be to oversee all aspects of Marvel's core comic book and graphic-novel publishing operations, including editorial and sales/marketing. The company has a stated objective to "improve the quality and distribution of its primary comic products as well as provide additional management capacity for new publishing ventures, such as young-adult prose novels."

"I cannot communicate how excited I am about this opportunity both personally and professionally," commented Buckley in a company press release. "To be provided the opportunity to participate in the stewardship and growth of characters that are a core piece of American pop culture is awe-inspiring. Plus when you factor in my personal passion for these characters with the chance to work with [Marvel President and Chief Operating Officer] Bill Jemas, [Marvel Editor-in-Chief] Joe Quesada and the editorial and creative teams they have assembled, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity."

"Dan's return to Marvel is a welcomed one. Outside of being one of my closest friends for years, he's one of the smartest and most likable people I've ever met in this industry," commented Quesada in the release. "He also possesses a love for comics that is often hard to find. While I was a freelancer Dan was always there to lend helpful advice, and when Marvel Knights was in its infancy, he was instrumental in our success. I'm looking forward to working with Dan to take Marvel to the next level."

Buckley earned his St. Lawrence degree in economics and holds an MBA in marketing and international relations from RPI. He is a native of Fort Edward, New York.

Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is leading global character-based entertainment licensing company that has developed and owns a library of over 4,700 characters. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer-product licensing and comic-book publishing.

Posted: October 15, 2003