This is true, but most of those still freelanced for Marvel after that. There was a mass exodus from Marvel to DC in the early 80's due to Shooter; Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas, Frank Miller, John Byrne, Doug Moench, there are lots more that don't come to mind as yet. Good point about Lee, Ditko and Kirby, but those are only two guys, the cornerstone of early Marvel, yes, but the mags didn't really suffer. They went from strength to strength. Lee - Romita Spidey, anyone?
Thanks for mentioning this! I don't see a fair (or logical) comparison between Shooter's history and Lee, Ditko and Kirby's history either. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby (and not to forget mentioning the great Bill Everett either) had become like 'The Beatles' of the known comic book world very nearly overnight. And a lot of the reason that Kirby left in 1971 is because Marvel wouldn't give him back his original art work or give him partial rights to his creations either
. And even at that rate, when Stan and "the lads" split it was pretty much on the down low and the Marvel Bullpen was still quite strong and braced against the change.
But Shooter (I mean really), sure he did a (very) few good things there, but mostly he was a micro-managing ass-clown who really DID drive all of Marvel's great talent (egotistical as they may have been or not) to the other side
(and you better believe that I own nearly every issue of the Byrne 'Superman', the Wolfman and Perez 'New Teen Titans' and Frank Miller's 'Batman' too). The enormous string of successes at DC after the "mass exodus" speaks for itself (a lot of us old-timer "Marvelites" ended up jumping the fence to DC as well).
Shooter screwed things up BIG-TIME! Like I said, after they fired him Marvel was little more than a steaming mass of decimated poop. The movie projects (as much as I hate all the media-fiend fall-out that they create), the cartoons and the toys are the only things keeping Marvel in the money these days. Even that freak Mickey Mouse wanted a piece of that action!