Quote:He presided over a legendary Marvel Age and seemed to run a pretty tight ship. He obviously alienated some big names, but he seemingly didn't prevent these talents from doing great work!
I get the sense that the "tight ship" is what alienated the big names. Which, by the way, I score as a win in the integrity column for Shooter. Comic books should ship on time. Period.
Quote:Plus, you know that anyone who was professionally writing Superboy when he himself was a boy has GOT to know comics inside and out.
I tend to agree.
Quote:And I will *always* enjoy the 2nd Superman/Spider-Man xover written by Shooter and drawn by John Buscema.
I haven't read it. Sounds like I should. I didn't want it to ruin the first one in my mind. The first one was possibly Gerry Conway's (and Ross Andru's) greatest accomplishment.
Shooter, from what I'm reading, was a solid combination of old school (the trains will run on time) and new school (he started making in-roads into the direct sales market and into creator-owned properties).
Incidentally, that other guy who so famously made the trains run on time was the original Fascist, a word used to slur Jim Shooter now and then. When Quesada became Editor in Chief, I vaguely recall John Byrne saying "You will start to see books shipping late" - but I can't find any confirming evidence for the quote on the internet, so maybe Byrne didn't say that. Nevertheless, we did begin to see books shipping late. It seemed Marvel would wait almost forever for some big name artist. I think that may be part of the reason Marvel pushes writers now instead of artists. Writers are almost never the reason a book is late. Unless they view themselves as movie producers first and comic book writers second, for example Kevin Smith.
. . .it's a really fun book. Probably my favorite bronze age one-shot. Everything just feels. . .right.
Buscema's art is phenomenal; even though he said he didn't enjoy working on it or any superhero really besides Conan.
Yes, Shooter (and the bronze age) was a perfect blend of old school and new school. It straddled the lines perfectly and will always be my favorite age.