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Dan Slott’s Greatest Dan Slott Stories Ever Told!

Dan Slott was nice enough to share with fans on Formspring his personal choices for his Top 10 greatest stories ever told. I asked Dan if I could share his list with you folks here, and he said, “Sure,” so here ya go – Dan Slott’s personal picks for the Greatest Dan Slott Stories Ever Told (with commentary on each of the stories by me)!

I’ll include in brackets if the story ranked on the reader’s choice for Slott’s Greatest Stories Ever Told

HONORABLE MENTIONS: 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

10 BATMAN ADVENTURES #10-#13 back-ups: “Cats Game”, “Questions That Begin with a Queue”, “The Hidden Display”, and “Knight Light”. [Unranked, but his lead story in Batman Adventures #14 was #10]

These were a series of charming back-ups, including the final one, “Knight Light,” about a kid who thinks he has a monster under his bed…and he might be right!!

9 THING #7: “Dis Man, Dis Monster, Disarmed” [Thing #1-8 was #8]

In this clever time travel storyline, the Thing tries to woo Alicia by taking her back in time to see the Venus di Milo. Hilarity, as you might imagine, ensues (especially when the Thing encounters Hercules in the past – a Hercules who has not yet met Ben Grimm). Kieron Dwyer did the art.

8 ARKHAM ASYLUM LIVING HELL mini [2]

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!

7 SHE-HULK Vol. 1 #4: “Web of Lies” [7]

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 SPIDER-ISLAND

In this epic storyline, how does Spider-Man deal with a situation where nearly all the citizens (not to mention the superheroes and supervillains) of Manhattan suddenly have the same Spider-Powers that he does? This was an ambitious and spread-out story that Slott managed to coordinate with other writers to form one of the most coherent major crossovers of all-time – while also still being a good story! I can imagine why he’d be so proud of it.

5 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #11: “The Moment”

This touching story sees the villain Chronos wreck havoc on time itself in an attempt to save his brother from a fire. The Flash and the Atom have to stop Chronos, but can they bring themselves to do the deed when the end result is that a good man WILL die? Min S. Ku and Dan Davis did the artwork.

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

In this clever Two-Gun Kid story, Two-Gun Kid has to march a prisoner all across the desert…with a twist. Besides the stand-out twist (which I still remember today how much it made the story standout when reading it), it is Gil Kane art! Gil Kane, people!

3 SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH mini [1]

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.

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

If you thought Spider-Island was an ambitious tale, then you will have to read Ren and Stimpy: Masters of Time and Space to believe it! The problem is, it is out of print and extremely difficult to find a copy. In any event, the story (with art by Mike Kazaleh) was a “Choose Your Own Adventure” tale (you know, if you want Ren and Stimpy to do X, go to page 5. If you want them to do Y, go to page 6, etc.). That is just the start of it, though, as the story is hilarious and also very, very very complicated (as time travel plays a major role in the story). I can’t imagine how long it took him to plan out

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

In this poignant two-parter, first Peter Parker spends an issue confronting himself with all of the people he has known who have died over the years (after a brutally wordless funeral for a longtime supporting cast member). This leads to him deciding that, rather outlandishly, he won’t let anyone die anymore under his watch! He makes this proclamation just as a new villain debuts who uses death AS his gimmick! So what can Spider-Man do when a bad guy’s whole set-up is finding different ways to kill people? That is the challenge that Slott must find an answer to. The two issues are both drawn by Marcos Martin. Martin does a great job on the second part, but the first part (where Peter dreams about all those that he has lost over the years) is some of the best art you’ll ever find in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Simply stunning stuff. This two-parter stands out in its mixture of heartfelt personal examination mixed with slam bang superhero action – really well done.

Thanks again to Dan for sharing his picks with us! Very cool of you.

15 Comments

ASM 655 is absolutely remarkable. I was blown away.

Oh heck, I love that Two-Gun story, never realized Slott wrote it!

I remember being very impressed with that Justice League issue. I know I recommended it to a few people, but most of them already had it!

I didn’t feel qualified to vote for this originally but I would have definitely included Thing #4 (which makes Dan’s honourable mentions list). Good Franklin stories can be pretty great.

I also loved his She-Hulk two-parter with the shrunken Pym-particle prisoners (I probably mentioned that already).

And another yay for Spider-Man/Human Torch mini!

while i have liked plenty of Slotts work, the only thing I’ve truly loved was GLA. that book was so crazy awesome

I was hoping “No One Dies” would be number one…. it needs to get that kind of recognition somewhere, even if it’s from Dan Slott. 655 is definitely my favorite single issue of a comic in 2011, probably one of my favorites ever. My favorite panel of the two is in 656 though… JJJ’s “he’s dead” over the kid’s mortified face.

The Crazed Spruce

December 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Right now, if you don’t count Archie digests, there are only three comic books available in the town where I live. Thank God that Slott’s “Amazing Spider-Man” is one of them.

WorldbreakerGrimm

December 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

The look on JJJ’s lawyer’s face when Spider-Man says, “It’s because I’m black” in She-Hulk #4 made me laugh so hard I cried, legit, for the first time ever reading a comic; and I’ve been reading them since the 5th Grade. Slott’s been one of my favorite writers ever since, and he never fails to impress.

Crazed Spruce: hmmm…Sitka, by chance? One of the many, MANY reasons I said “Goodbye” to that place!

Not into the new Spiderman stories. And by the way, what the hell is up with the ramdom red lettering?!? (I got the store variant spider Island issue for free) – and it was distracting as hell.

I did however love his She-Hulk work.

ASM 655 and 656 tells one of those stories that gives me gooseflesh describing it to people. It’s such a powerful story that it continues to resonate with me well after I’ve put the comic down (thanks also to Martin’s incredible work). I feel that Slott’s time on ASM is one of those magic runs where a creator is bringing his very best to a series, making for something that I early look forward to all month (for me, other such runs have been Peter David’s Hulk, Alan Davis’ Excalibur, Clandestine and Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. and, to a degree, Gruenwald’s late 80s run on Captain America.).

Please excuse my many grammatical errors and chalk them up to too much New Years “cheer”. :)

Wait, Spider-Man JUST swore that no one would die under his watch? Isn’t this something he should have been focusing on throughout his entire fifty year career?

Cool stuff. More to add to my want list. Slott’s done some great stuff. A personal favorite is Ren and Stimpy 2, with the Frankenstein parody. “I…am the punt pole…on the gondola… of LIIIIFFFFEEEEE!!!” Thanks for making junior high a little better with that, Dan.

I am wanting to get the collected edition of Spider Island, I own the two-part storyline of “No One Dies”, it had the “we can’t kill the bad guy because that would make us like the villian” not feel sterotypical.
If I’m wrong say so.
I am thinking of getting the rest of the stuff in regular issue format.

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I came into this expecting to gripe about the lack of Spider-Man vs. Powdered Toastman and who does this Dan Slott guy think he is to judge the works of Dan Slott, but…touche, Dan Slott. Masters of Tiiiii-eeee-iiiime and Spaaaaaaa-eeeeee-aaaaace is indeed your best Ren and Stimpy issue.

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