19 Facts About Jenette Kahn


Jenette Kahn is an American comic book editor and executive.


Jenette Kahn joined DC Comics in 1976 as publisher, and five years later was promoted to president.


Jenette Kahn's brother, Si Kahn, is a singer-songwriter and activist.


Jenette Kahn was an avid comics fan, a practice supported by her parents, with particular favorites being Batman, Superman, Little Lulu, Uncle Scrooge, and Archie.


Jenette Kahn was 28 years old on February 2,1976, when she became publisher of DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros.


Jenette Kahn was the youngest person in the company to become president of a division, and the first woman.


Furthermore, before Jenette Kahn began her new position, she was instrumental in dissuading the head of Warner Publishing from simply ending National's publishing in favor of simple license maintenance, and kept it a going concern.


Jenette Kahn supported creators' rights in an industry in which royalties and other traditional publishing rights were not the norm, thus giving the talent a stake in the commercial success of their work that the industry's traditional work-for-hire arrangements never encouraged.


Jenette Kahn oversaw the launch in 1993 of the Vertigo imprint and of Milestone Media, a minority-founded and ethnically diverse line of comic books that DC published for several years and from which Static Shock, the animated show on The WB television network, was developed.


Jenette Kahn is credited with overseeing a successful period of reinvention for DC's classic characters, including the death and rebirth of Superman.


Giordano commented that Jenette Kahn had no editorial restrictions on creators, as far as he could tell.


One exception to this editorial stance was Jenette Kahn cancelling an issue of Swamp Thing where the title character interacts with Jesus, which led to the writer and artist Rick Veitch quitting, citing censorship concerns.


Jenette Kahn oversaw a diversification of the originally overwhelmingly male staff at DC, to the point where when she left, almost half the employees were women.


Jenette Kahn left DC Comics in 2002 after 26 years with the company to pursue a career as a film producer.


Jenette Kahn is a partner in Double Nickel Entertainment, a film production company she co-founded with Adam Richman after leaving DC Comics.


Jenette Kahn is a founding member of The Committee of 200, a nationwide forum of key women in business.


Jenette Kahn received the Library of Congress Living Legends award in the "Writers and Artists" category in April 2000 for her significant contributions to America's cultural heritage.


Jenette Kahn was honored by the World Design Foundation for outstanding creative achievements.


Jenette Kahn created The Wonder Woman Foundation in honor of Wonder Woman's 40th Anniversary.