DiDio was instrumental in many of DC’s contemporary shifts and successes, including The New 52, a 2011 revamp of all of DC’s continuity post-Flashpoint that saw every DC title restarting at issue #1. DiDio also became a fan-favorite figure, serving as DC’s front-facing de facto spokesperson at fan events and conventions. In an era where most of “comic book success” is found in movies and TV, DiDio made sure the actual ink-and-paper (or digital) comic books had a home and focus in the business strategies of DC.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dan DiDio at FanExpo in Toronto a number of years ago. He is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people in comics I’ve ever met.
I specifically remember him coming out from inside the DC booth at the event to chat in the aisle with my friends and I about what the company had planned (pre-Flashpoint) and his time working on ReBoot in the 90s.
I’ll be interested to see what he does next.