I was hired by Editor in Chief Marv Wolfman in December of 1975. My first day on the job as “associate editor” was the first working day of the new year, Monday, January 5, 1976.
Marv lasted only three more months or so before leaving to become a contract writer-editor. Marv said he quit. President Jim Galton later told me otherwise. But, be that as it may, Marv exited gracefully, or was allowed to.
The plan was for Roy to return as EIC. At one point, we spoke. Where I come from, it is proper that when a new boss comes in, the assistant or assistants offer their resignations. Why? Because a new boss is likely to want to bring in his own assistants, and would rather not have to go through a messy process of firing people or tolerating people he or she doesn’t want. I told Roy I’d leave voluntarily if he preferred, and that if that was the case, I’d appreciate being given freelance work. Roy said, no, I could I stay. He told me, however, that there were a number of people who had to go, and a few he intended to bring back. He named names. I won’t.