Last October's MCM London Comic Con had Jim Shooter as a guest. Former teenage writer of Legion Of Super-Heroes, Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics, writer of Secret Wars, founder of Valiant Entertainment, Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics, he is the co-creator of co-creator of Star Brand, Parasite, Archer & Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, Harbinger, Rai, Shadowman and X-O Manowar.
Shooter had many, many tales to tell and regaled fans at panels and at his table, often for hours, with stories of comic books past, present and even future. But he also had some folders with him, full of memos, sketches and pieces of artwork from his long career. He said he just grabbed a few on his way of of the door but he has many, many more. He graciously allowed me to take a few photos of some of them, telling undocumented tales of comic book publishing past, and last Thanksgiving, Bleeding Cool shared and transcribed a few of these (use this handy dandy tag), but these are but the tip of an iceberg. If Jim Shooter is a guest at a show that you can get to and will be 'tabling' there, as the Americans have it, do what you need to do to get to his table and look through his folders – and be prepared for a conversation, a story, that may last for a good chunk of the show but will stay well with you.
Such as one e-mail where Jim Shooter self-styled himself as The Polish Sun God and in a letter to Marvel editors titled Ch-ch-ch-changes, this David Bowie reminded them of the Marvel facts of life.
Please don't make big changes in characters without telling me what you plan to do. You never write, you never call…
If you want a character to die, change his powers, or have a baby (especially if he's a male character), please let me know.
I have retained the Polish Lightning God, Zappayuaski, to wreak awesome vengeance upon Those Who Do Not Comply.
That and multiple-issue storylines apparently…