Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Graphic Novelists - Day 56

On a stormy day, between two other photoshoots, I caught up with Jim Shooter at Grand Central Station. Even in the crowded station, he was hard to miss, as his old Marvel nickname of "Big" Jim Shooter wasn't given to him for nuthin.'
Jim Shooter got his started at DC Comics writing Action Comics and Adventure Comics in 1966, when he was only 14 years old. After a run on Legion of Super-Heroes, Shooter joined Marvel in as an Assistant Editor and writer. In 1978 he succeeded Archie Goodwin to become Marvel's Editor-in-Chief. During his nine year tenure, Marvel enjoyed success from Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run on the Uncanny X-Men and Frank Miller's run on Daredevil, and Walt Simonson's The Mighty Thor. Shooter was the writer for Secret Wars, the first major company wide crossover, an event which has since become the norm.
After leaving Marvel in 1987, Shooter founded Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics, Broadway Comics, and in 2007 returned to DC Comics as the writer of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a book he had written 30 years earlier. Currently, Shooter is working with Dark Horse Comics on a relaunch of the Gold Key characters, just as his did during his Valiant days.

Though considered a controversial figure by some, I found Jim Shooter to be friendly, open and full of great stories. For his portrait, my initial plan was to shoot him out on the street with NYC's skyscrapers behind him, making him part of the skyline, but heavy rain prevented this, so we went to Plan B, which can be seen below-


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