This past March, at the Toronto ComiCon, Andrew got the chance to chat with an icon of the comics industry. Known equally for his writing and his editorial work at both Marvel and Valiant Comics, this was a man that helped shape the framework of what has come to be known as “The Event Series”. The man in question is Jim Shooter.
Jim Shooter got his start at DC Comics in the 60s at the tender age of 14. He would later jump ship to Marvel and by the late 70s would sit in the big chair as Editor in Chief at The House of Ideas. His run would be legendary, ushering in a time of great creators elevating characters to new success. The two most notable during his time as EIC would be Daredevil and Uncanny X-Men. His best known written work from this period would Marvel Superheroes’ Secret Wars, the first ever multi-chapter series that would bring together all the big names of the Marvel U into one story and have them fight for survival. It was the first time that a book like this would have lasting effects on all the titles being released at the time. He would later leave Marvel and begin a new venture with a brand new cast of characters under the Valiant Banner, once again leaving a mark on the industry.
Check out the interview below where Andrew talks with Jim about Secret Wars, it’s impact on the industry, the evolution of the “Event” book, and the controversy over the ending of the Dark Phoenix Saga, which is still talked about to this day. Jim Shooter is a man with a great many stories to tell and he tells a few here that are worth checking out.
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