Continuing his – admittedly somewhat biased – history of his time at Marvel Comics, former editor-in-chief Jim Shooter has been writing a series of blog posts about the 1980s crossovers between Marvel and DC, and why the Justice League/Avengers crossover destroyed everything:
Many times since I left Marvel, at conventions, in fanzines and more recently, online, there have been laments from readers to the tune of: “How can they let (name of creator) do that to (name of character)? How can they let (so and so) ruin (hero or group).
Well, when I was at Marvel, as much as possible, I prevented such things. I rank the JLA/Avengers plot I wouldn’t approve high on that list.
In other words, I did my job.
It’s a fascinating series of posts (five of them in total: one, two, three, four and five) that paints such a picture of an astonishingly petty DC editorial team that it almost brings its own credibility into question – If everything happened the way Shooter describes, that DC managed to publish comics on a regular schedule during that period is almost unbelievable – while making Shooter out to be a man who’d sacrifice everything for the job. But even with the potential that this is, at best, an extremely slanted version of what actually happened, it’s well worth reading – and check out the comments section, especially in the fourth installment, for extra info on the events described.