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Jim Shooter (b. September 27, 1951) is a writer.

Professional History

Jim Shooter started submitting scripts to DC when he was 13. The following year, with a great deal of study of DC and Marvel's respective narrative styles, he was writing and penciling rough layouts for the Legion of Super-Heroes. Four years later, he retired from comics at 18. Thanks to some gentle prodding from Legion fans Mike Flynn and Harry Broertjes, creators of the fanzine Legion Outpost, Shooter came back to write more Legion stories.

Today, Shooter is most widely known as the former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. This post proved a fortuitous development for DC considering that for all of Shooter's successful efforts to increase Marvel's success, his management style towards that goal proved authoritarian and heavy-handed, which allowed DC's publisher, Jenette Kahn, to woo away numerous talents like Steve Englehart, Marv Wolfman and George Perez to DC, enabling the company's creative revitalization.

He also revitalized the failing Valiant Comics in the 1990s and created his own publication, Defiant Comics, soon after. In 2008, Shooter returned to DC Comics and began scripting issues of Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 5).

Work History