On Saturday, DC suspended the longtime editor following the publication of a BuzzFeed article on Berganza and the years of sexual harassment and assault complaints against him, which included first-hand accounts from three women, two of which were former DC Comics employees.
Berganza was the top editor for some of DC's major comic titles and had daily interaction with writers, artists, and other editors. In 2012 he was reportedly demoted from executive editor to group editor after being accused of trying to forcibly kiss a female during a comic book convention held in Anaheim, California.
Berganza had been suspended after an extensive report into the allegations was published last Friday by BuzzFeed. Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of gossip and open speculation.
While some people have praised DC for parting ways with Berganza, his firing has caused some controversy online.
Berganza started with DC in 1992 and worked his way up to eventually become executive editor of the DCU in 2010. Cartoonist Joan Hilty also said Berganza kissed and groped her at the same bar in the early 2000s.
You don't need me to tell you that the male-dominated comic book world has long ignored, abused, and generally mistreated many women who have dared to speak out in the industry. even just creatively.
"There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared", the company initially said.
While there's little ambiguity in the incredibly extensive report that Buzzfeed put together about Berganza's actions, the larger question is what the blowback will be on DC Comics.
According to BuzzFeed, DC put out a statement insisting that they were "committed to eradicating harassment", echoing a similar sentiment they put out over the weekend.