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The Greatest Dan Slott Stories Ever Told!

Every day in November we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Dan Slott Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!

Sorry for the delay in getting this up!

10. Batman Adventures #14 “Reel to Reel”

In this very clever issue, with art by Rich Burchett and Terry Beatty, Slott examines a connection between Simon Trent (the Gray Ghost) and Matt Hagen (Clayface). It’s a really well-done story with Slott touching on a concept that is as clever as it is seemingly obvious (aren’t all the best ideas just like that? Oh, of COURSE! AFTER someone thinks of it, that is).

9. She-Hulk #7-12 “Space Cases”

In the final issues of the first volume of Dan Slott’s She-Hulk run, She-Hulk is set against the Champion, which leads to Titania becoming empowered by the Champion for his (and her) revenge on She-Hulk. Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa and then Paul Pelletier and Rick Magyar do the art.

8. Thing #1-8 “Idol of Millions”

With the Thing now worth a whole ton of money, Slott has a blast (along with artists Andrea DiVito and later Kieron Dwyer) in showing the Thing going on a series of misadventures as a result of his new found wealth. The series finishes off with a superhero poker tournament – awesome.

7. She-Hulk #4 “Web of Lies”

In perhaps his first classic issue of She-Hulk, Slott has Jennifer Walters represent Spider-Man in a libel suit against J. Jonah Jameson. A hilarious issue with great art from Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa.

6. Amazing Spider-Man #648-651 “Big Time”

Taking over as the main Spider-Man writer, Slott introduces a bold new direction in the life of Peter Parker as our hero finds himself working in his dream job. At the same time Peter is re-making himself, so, too, is the new Hobgoblin, as Slott successfully re-invigorates a character who had been more or less thrown into the scrap heap years ago. Humberto Ramos and a host of inkers provide the art.

5. GLA #1-4 “Great Lakes Avengers Missassembled”

Slott and artists Paul Pelletier and Rick Magyar breathe new life into the Great Lakes Avengers as they tear the group apart. Also, the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Squirrel Girl and the readers of the world as Slott adds her to the cast.

4. Amazing Spider-Man #559-561 “Peter Parker, Paparazzi”

In this beautiful looking storyline drawn by Marcos Martin, Slott both brings Mary Jane Watson back into Peter Parker’s life as well as examines a possible new way for Peter to make money – as a member of the paparazzi! In this fun tale, Slott also introduces the fun new Spider-Man “villain,” Screwball (the other new deadlier villain, Paper Doll, is drawn wonderfully by Martin).

3. Amazing Spider-Man #568-#573 “New Ways to Die”

In this sweeping tale, Spider-Man comes face-to-face with Norman Osborn for the first time since Osborn was given control of the Thunderbolts. Being hunted down as a supposed bad guy is nothing new for Spidey, but when he’s being hunted down by one of his greatest enemies, who is on the side of “good”? That’s gotta hurt. Thrown into the mix is Eddie Brock, who debuts a new identity as Anti-Venom! You might be thinking, “Say, isn’t Venom on the Thunderbolts?” Why yes, he is and yes, they do, indeed, mix it up! John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson provide the art.

2. Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1-6

In this gripping series, Slott and artist Ryan Sook (eventually aided by inkers Jim Royal and Wade von Grawbadger) gave us some fascinating insights into the minds of some of Batman’s deadliest rogues, as well as introducing us to some intriguing new ones, as well!

1. Spider-Man/Human Torch #1-5 “I’m With Stupid”

In this delightful series, Slott examines the relationship between Peter Parker and Johhny Storm throughout the years in an amusing character-driven look at the pair in various stages of Marvel history. Ty Templeton and Nelson do a great job on the artwork. When the Human Torch died, Slott did not have to look far to capture the emotional impact that it would have on Peter, as Slott had clearly established as much in this series.

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

28 Comments

I haven’t read the majority of these, but that Spider Man/ Human Torch series really is phenomenal. Slott was born to write Spider-Man. His work in the main series has been very solid, but I just can’t like Humberto Ramos’ art.

I didn’t feel I knew enough stories to vote, but this list’s #1 would have been my #1. What a great series and a nostalgic romp through the different Marvel eras (I’m quite partial to the black costume issue myself!).

I also would have picked the She-Hulk issues with the prison break from the inmates shrunk by Pym particles. Clever concept and a fun story to boot!

My picks:

1. GLA #1-4
2. GLX-Mas Special #1
3. She-Hulk (2005) #20-21
4. She-Hulk (2005) #12-13
5. She-Hulk (2005) #6-7
6. She-Hulk (2005) #14
7. The Thing #1-8
8. She-Hulk (2005) #3
9. Deadpool/GLI: Summer Fun Spectacular #1
10. Secret Invasion: Requiem (“How I’ll Remember You”)

Haven’t read Slott’s DC work, his first She-Hulk series (except for the first issue), Spider-Man/Human Torch and any in-continuity Spider-Man stories since OMD.

I’m surprised (and sad) to see nothing from his second She-Hulk on the list. And everything he’s done with GLA/GLX/GLI was excellent (the Summer Fun Spectacular only damaged a bit by DP’s presence, as he attempts to steal the show).

He’s definitely my hero for bringing Squirrel Girl out from obscurity. My other favorite story not listed is from his run on Ren & Stimpy, the epic Spider-Man vs Powdered Toast Man issue

Spider Jerusalem

November 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

No Mighty Avengers?

I never thought I’d say this, but I hate you guys.

I didn’t vote but am surprised and pleased at the #1. What a great little mini. Best moment has to be the Hostess pies bit from #3, IIRC. Also, this list needs more Ren & Stimpy.

was hoping some of Dans she hulk run would make the list for like his handling of spider man he know how to do jen right. plus nice to see his take on the thing and what he did with his wealth.,

The Crazed Spruce

November 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Amazing Spider-Man is one of the few comics I can still get around here, and Dan Slott is rapidly becoming one of my favourite writers. I appreciate a writer who can be fall-down hilarious and deeply dramatic in the space of a few issues.

You guys made a mistake not including some of Dan’s amazing Ren and Stimpy stuff. He also did the best issue of Loony Toons ever, but no one read it.

I agree with New Ways to Die for sure. It’s awesome!

His run on Mighty Avengers might be my favorite run on any comic ever.

A good list, though I have never been as sold on New Ways to Die as fandom seems to be. I enjoyed most of his Spidey run during BND, but that was actually the low point for me. The Shulkie/Spidey issue is definitely a true classic. ONE story I would have added to this is a great Two Gun Kid short he did for Marvel Comics Presents (was that Gil Kane art??? What a lucky newcomer he was at that time!). I also have really enjoyed what I have read of the Old West Ghost Rider serial that ran in a reprint series of the 70s GR. Ooooo! and the Midnight Sons Unlimited issue he did with James Fry with Blazing Skull, Destroyer and Union Jack…..damn Slott can spin a yarn.

Lets also not forget Big Max. Awesome one shot.

Slott’s Spidey has been my fave since the Ditko/Lee run.
Awesome stuff. Totally nails all the characters.
Also, that Ren & Stimpy Choose Your Own Adventure style comic was genius.

Oh, he did Big Max, too? That’s right! And I forgot to try to vote, or there would have been some more Ren and Stimpy on this. Besides the Spidey/Powdered Toast Man issue, #2’s Frankenstein parody has one of my favorite lines — “I am the punt pole on the gondola of LIIIIIIIIFFFFEEEEEEE!!!!”

I also would have put the Deadpool/GLI on there, had I voted, or remembered that Dan co wrote that one. D’oh!

And shout out to Ty the guy for showing up! I just picked up the Powdered Toast Man special with a cover by him.

Maybe next time a Greatest Ty Templeton stories list? THAT I could do. Sorta. Actually, I’d still miss a bunch. D’oh!

My fave is the Spider-man versus Powdered Toast Man issue of Ren and Stimpy. Number 6. Great premise. Slott was great on that series.

Dan shared his personal Top 10 here: http://www.formspring.me/DanSlott/q/265335589098751156

Here’s a copy of it:
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Thought that was pretty neat. :-)

My personal Top 10:

10 BATMAN ADVENTURES #10-#13 back-ups: “Cats Game”, “Questions That Begin with a Queue”, “The Hidden Display”, and “Knight Light”.

9 THING #7: “Dis Man, Dis Monster, Disarmed”

8 ARKHAM ASYLUM LIVING HELL mini

7 SHE-HULK Vol. 1 #4: “Web of Lies”

6 SPIDER-ISLAND

5 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #13: “The Moment”

4 MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #116: Two-Gun Kid in “Just Deserts”

3 SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH mini

2 REN & STIMPY Special #3: “Masters of Time & Space”

1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #655-#656: “No One Dies” Parts 1 & 2.

Kinda torn though…
‘Cause I’m very fond of BIG MAX #1, SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #57, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600, SHE-HULK #2, JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #11, MIDNIGHT SONS UNLIMITED #9, GLA: MISASSEMBLED, The GLX-MAS SPECIAL, REN & STIMPY #6, The POWDERED TOASTMAN SPECIAL, THING #4, LOONEY TUNES #75, LOONEY TUNES #93, AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #6, and the Blackjack stories from AMAZING FANTASY vol. 2 #15.

Very, very torn. It’s kinda like choosing which “child” is your favorite. :-P

I’ve read nearly everything on this list, unfortunately, haven’t read the Spidey/Human Torch series yet, and I’m glad to see Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, ranked so high. No offense to Slott, but I don’t know if he ever managed to top that one yet.

Dan Slott’s Spider-Man truly has been amazing, but I’m kinda surprised that “Big Time” and “New Ways to Die” made the top ten and “No One Dies” didn’t. I didn’t get to vote, but #655 was one of the most beautiful and poignant issues of Spider-Man in a long time for me. A lot of credit goes to Marcos Martin on the art, but the story was just as great. With a simple, almost naive-sounding declaration, Slott unabashedly injected his corner of the Marvel Universe with a shot of hope and optimism, juxtaposing it brilliantly against the cold cruelty of the new character, Massacre. As a reader, it was very encouraging for me to see Spider-Man, who has long been written as a victim of circumstance (i.e. the “Parker Luck”), finally exerting some control over his life and environment (building on the developments of “Big Time”). It inspired me in a way that the average Spidey story doesn’t, so I had give it a mention. I could gush about that arc all day, but let me just say it definitely deserves to be up there with Spider-Man/Human Torch.

@AL: You’ll be happy to know that Dan responded to this Top 10 with his own list, and put his “No One Dies” storyline at #1.

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A great list! I might shuffle some of his post-Big Time Spidey stories into the mix, but it’s a very solid selection.

Not only is Dan Slott a great writer, but also one of the most genuinely nicest and most approachable guys you will ever meet. He is the Marvel spirit embodied in human form. I hope his run on Spidey lasts at least as long as Stan’s did.

Happy to NOT see Mighty Avengers on the list. It was just not very good (while the stuff I have read ON this list is much better).

But… why do people rave about Marcos Martin? The ONLY thing by Martin I have liked is the heavily DESIGNED pages that ran as back-ups written by Stan Lee. They felt like they could have fit in DC’s Wednesday Comic feature and that is high praise.

This unfortanly just shows that Slott hasn’t made enough good material to have a top ten. Yes, I admit about five of these is great, but honestly Big Time, New Ways and the paparazzi arc, please.

WHAT? No Avengers: The Initiative!?!? I thought the first arc of that series was absolutely brilliant. It tops my list of my favorite Dan Slott stories.

Morten couldn’t be more wrong. Amazing Spider-Man is the work of Slott’s career. From the first issues with Steve McNiven, to his entire Big Time run. He’s actually 2nd to Bendis in quality at this point.

I didn’t vote on this one for some reason, despite being a huge Slott fan. I definitely would have included some of his Hank Pym/Mighty Avengers stuff. It’s a shame that that little run never got more attention.

New Ways to Die and Spider-Man/Human Torch were really great! I should read that Arkham Asylum book, I guess.

Ren and Stimpy Special issue 3. Mighty Avengers 24. BlackJack (Amazing Fantasy 15). She-Hulk 21. Venom Super Special 1 (the Jean DeWolff backup). These are the Dan Slott comics people need to read. :)

Make another list in a few years time, and on it will be a lot of the Spider-Man stories Slott is doing right now.

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