Darin Wagner wrote:
Hanzo the Razor wrote:
I mean, if Bob Harras, who oversaw Marvel's steep decline can still get work, why not a successful editor like Jim Shooter?
I would like to point out that Bob Harras also presided over a second Golden Age over at Marvel during the Heroes Reborn and particularly during the Heroes Return era.
"Second golden age"? Are you joking?
Heroes Reborn was pure shit -- it sold decent enough but they fired Liefeld after 6 months and ended the whole thing after a year, rather than extend (which was a contractual possibility). And as for Return, other than Busiek & Perez on Avengers, the other relaunched titles were fairly unmemorable, with even the return of Waid/Garney to Captain America failing to capture the magic of the first go-round.
Meanwhile, you had the Spider-Man titles shitting the bed thanks to the Clone Saga and what was his big idea? Howard Mackie and John Byrne? He's off his rocker.
Sales declined for the most part during his tenure -- Joe Quesada was hailed as brilliant for his first few years in the role because he managed to bring Marvel's sales up from the depths of Harras' time. And don't get me wrong -- I don't think it's all Harras' fault. The top brass pushing for more gimmick covers and storylines, plus Heroes World, were probably all beyond his control.
That said, Jim Shooter seemed to be far more successful in the role.