July 11th, 2007

The Zombie

Straight (to) Shooter

July 10 -  So...editors.  Truth be told, I picked the "...Of The Day" subject of comics editors because, while exploring and exposing their roles in comic book production this month, I hope to learn more about them myself.  My first direct interaction with an editor, way back in about 1982, started at the top; Jim Shooter.  For any of you who may not be familiar with him, Mr. Shooter was the Grand Poobah of Marvel Comics at the time, and I was a sixteen-year-old wannabe comic book artist.  For whatever reason, I worked up a four page Captain America story and sent it off to Marvel H.Q. in New York, in hopes that Mr. Shooter, probably the busiest man in the industry at the time, would give it a critical critique.  I don't know what I was thinking...especially when I look back at how awful the artwork was.  Imagine my surprise when I received a letter from Mr. Shooter in just about a week!  Really, it was more of a note;

John,

Thank you for your interest in working for Marvel.  Your work shows potential, but we are not hiring at this time.  Keep drawing and check back in a few years.

Jim Shooter

Well, actually I can't remember the exact wording of the note because it, along with a sketchbook filled with drawings from Kubert School classmates and teachers, was lost in a New Jersey cab's trunk almost a quarter-century ago now.  While the particular words may have escaped along with the intervening years, the message did not; I had potential.  As for what kind of potential, I've never really been sure, but that little note kept me going for...uh, how old am I now?  More tomorrow.  Here's your Comic Book Editor of The Day - Bruce Jones!