Bob Harras

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Bob Harras
Born Robert Harras
(1959-11-01) November 1, 1959 (age 54)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
Marvel mutant titles
The Avengers
Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.

Robert "Bob" Harras (born January 11, 1959)[1] is an American comics writer and editor. Bob Harras held the top position Marvel as editior in chief of Marvel Comics in 1990-2000 during the Golden Age in Marvel Comics and the comic book world. Though today Editor in Chief is just a title, back than it meant he was the President of Marvel Comics who oversaw that everything ran correctly. In 2010 he was picked as DC comics Editor in chief.


During Bob Harras time Marvel outsold sales on xmen, fantastic four, spiderman, xfactor, iron man etc..more than any era in the history of Marvel comics even until now. Many people who had never been into comics were introduced into comics. DC comics in turn suffered badly and tried to keep on with Marvel but did so poorly with marvel. Bob Harras directed the production of the world famous X-MEN cartoon series that popularized the xmen and marvel comics outside of the comic book world increasing sales. In directed the Age of apocalypse, hero's reborn, Onslaught. During his time the most famous Marvel issues were produced like X-men 1 through 100. The famous cartoon series iron man, fantastic four, ghost rider, spiderman and hulk were directed by Bob harras which kept on popularized marvel comics and increased sales. Young people and old people that weren't into comics suddenly started to buy comic books and became fans. Stan Lee became a celebrity. Spiderman became more popular than superman and batman. Marvel during this time was making more money than Disney or any other cartoon or comic book company.

Though Marvel was making a heap load of money turmoil was brewing for Marvel inside the financial organization and investors. S

Harras started his career at Marvel as assistant editor for Ralph Macchio,[2] where he worked on such titles as The Saga of Crystar, Dazzler, ROM, U.S. 1, and Micronauts.[3] Later, Harras was chief editor of Marvel's X-Men and Midnight Sons lines. Harras also worked as writer on a number of comics, including a run on The Avengers lasting from 1992 to 1995, and the best-selling[4] 1988 limited series Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.

Harras's tenure as editor-in-chief occurred during the time which Marvel teetered on bankruptcy around 1996 and 1997 (financial trouble became significantly worse during his time at Marvel). During his tenure, Harras oversaw critically acclaimed runs on titles such as Captain America, Daredevil, Ka-Zar and Deadpool.

However, the Spider-Man "Clone Saga", in which Norman Osborn was brought back as the Green Goblin despite the opposition of many of the writers, received enough negative reception that it overshadowed his critical successes.[5]

After leaving Marvel, Harras joined WildStorm as contributing editor on November 15, 2001. Harras worked from his New Jersey home office, and reported to Jim Lee, WildStorm's editorial director. Until late September, 2010, he was the group editor for DC Comics collected editions and editor of DC's new Who's Who series.[6]

On September 27, 2010, DC Comics named Bob Harras as the company's new editor-in-chief and Vice President.[7] Harras oversees editorial for all DC Comics, DC Universe, MAD Magazine and Vertigo publications. He is DC's first Editor-in-Chief since Jenette Kahn, who held the position from 1989 until 2002.


  1. ^ Comics Buyer's Guide #1650; February 2009; Page 107
  2. ^ "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated February 1984.
  3. ^ Shooter, Jim. "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated November 1983.
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Dwight Jon (November 1988). "Bob Harras". Comics Interview (62) (Fictioneer Books). p. 13. 
  5. ^ GrayHaven Magazine.[dead link]
  6. ^ The Week in Review. (2010-03-07). Retrieved on September 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "Robert Harras Named Editor-in-Chief, VP DC Comics". Retrieved September 27, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Group Editors-in-Chief

Mark Gruenwald, Heroes & Cosmic titles; Bob Harras, mutant titles; Bob Budiansky, Spider-Man titles; Bobbie Chase, Marvel Edge titles; Carl Potts, licensed-property titles

Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief
Succeeded by
Joe Quesada
Preceded by
Larry Hama
Avengers writer
Succeeded by
Joey Cavalieri
Preceded by
Joey Cavalieri
Avengers writer
(with Terry Kavanagh in 1995–1996)
Succeeded by
Terry Kavanagh
Preceded by
Geoff Johns
Justice League of America writer
Succeeded by
Brad Meltzer