New Marvel editor-in-chief under fire for using Japanese pseudonym

After what Johnston described as a “social media fire”, Marvel’s new boss admitted to the comics writer that he was, in fact, Yoshida. “I stopped writing under the pseudonym … after about a year,” Cebulski said. “It wasn’t transparent, but it taught me a lot about writing, communication and pressure. I was young and naive and had a lot to learn back then. But this is all old news that has been dealt with, and now as Marvel’s new editor-in-chief, I’m turning a new page and am excited to start sharing all my Marvel experiences with up and coming talent around the globe.”

According to Johnston, the fact that Cebulski wrote as Yoshida about Japanese characters, locations and themes raised issues of “appropriation, yellowface, and playing up an authenticity that wasn’t there”.