Born: 1947 May 16 in State College?, Pennsylvania, United States

Biography: Jenette Kahn is an American comic book editor and executive. In the 1970s, she edited and founded a number of children's magazines. It started in 1970 as Kahn was one of the founding editors for Kids (Childpub Management Corporation). Later she founded the very successful Dynamite (Scholastic) in 1974. Lastly, in 1975, Kahn found Smash for Xerox Education Publications (later known as Weekly Reader Publishing).

In 1976, she joined DC as publisher and was promoted to President five years later.

In 1989, she assumed, while retaining the office of president, the title of editor-in-chief, after stepping down as publisher. In 2002, after 26 years with DC, she left the company to pursue a career as a film producer.

Additional biographical details can be found in:
the DC Profiles column in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #304 (October 1978);
The Comics Journal (Fantagraphics, 1977 series) #37 (December 1977) and #47 (July 1979);
"Wonder Woman at DC Comics: Janette Kahn, Turning Superheroes into Supersales", The New York Times by Philip S. Gutis, Sunday, January 6, 1985, page 6 F (section 3, page 6, overall page 243);
and Women and the Comics (Eclipse) 1985.

Notes: Kahn's birthplace is derived indirectly from her brother Si Kahn's known birthplace. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. Si Kahn is a singer-songwriter and organizer/activist.


    Jenette Kahn Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Jenette Family name: Kahn


  1. B.A., Radcliffe Museum of Modern Art in None?

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  1. 2010: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  2. 2019: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Voter's Choices

Awards for Issues:

  1. 2011: Glyph Comics Awards - Best Reprint Publication
    Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Deluxe Edition (2010 series)