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Jim Shooter (born September 27, 1951) is an American comics writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher. During a lengthy career he served as the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics from 1978 to 1987. During this time he pioneered a series of toy tie-in comics for Marvel, including G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero which launched in 1982. He was responsible for giving Larry Hama the job of writing the series, though Hama has since stated that this was only after every other writer at Marvel had turned it down.
As editor-in-chief Shooter had responsibility for the entire Marvel line and oversaw G.I. Joe from issue #1 until issue #65; all of G.I. Joe: Order of Battle; all of the G.I. Joe and the Transformers limited series; the first three G.I. Joe Yearbooks and G.I. Joe: Special Missions from issue #1 to issue #7.
Shooter's other notable comics work has included writing Legion of Super-Heroes when he was only fourteen years old, Avengers and the major limited series Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars and Secret Wars II. As editor-in-chief at Marvel he also launched the "New Universe" series of titles. After leaving Marvel he founded several comics companies including Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics.
Items of note
- The character of Shooter, first mentioned in the very first issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and later appearing in G.I. Joe: Declassified was named after Jim Shooter.
- ↑ ToyFare #105 (Wizard Entertainment, May 2006).
- Jim Shooter at Wikipedia