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In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Spider-Man, culminating with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man film in July. The first month was the 50 Greatest Spider-Man covers (click here for the results of the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers poll). The second month was the 50 Greatest Friends and Foes of Spider-Man (click here for the results of the 50 Greatest Friends and Foes poll). Last month was the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Writers and Artists (click here for the results of the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Writers and Artists poll). This month is the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Stories!
Spider-Man has starred in a bunch of a great stories, from one-shot issues to multi-issue stories to, well, sagas. So here you will be casting your vote for who you feel are the greatest Spider-Man stories!
You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, June 19th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 50 beginning June 21st.
Okay, here are the guidelines!
1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.
2. Vote for your TEN favorite Spider-Man stories.
3. Rank your ten stories from #1 (what you think is the greatest story) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best. Really, just use this template:
4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.
5. Ultimate Spider-Man stories count.
6. Now for the most annoying part of the rules. What is the definition of a particular story? First off, runs are not stories. To wit, you can’t pick, say, Amazing Spider-Man #1-10 and call it a story. It is not. Each of those individual issues is a story. Now Amazing Spider-Man #11-12, THAT can count as a single story since it was a two-parter.
Author intent is a big factor in whether I’ll count a bunch of non-consecutive issues as a “saga,” like the Harry Osborn Saga from J.M. DeMatteis’ Spectacular Spider-Man run (#178-184, 189-190, 199-200). DeMatteis clearly intended the stories to lead into each other and finally end with Harry’s death. Contrast that with early Green Goblin stories where Lee/Ditko weren’t planning anything specific when they introduced the first Green GOblin, so you can’t tie Amazing Spider-Man #14 in with Amazing Spider-Man #39 and 40 and call it all a saga. #14 is one story and 39-40 is one story.
I’ll count Roger Stern’s Hobgoblin issues of Amazing Spider-Man (plus that one Spectacular issue) as “The first Hobgoblin saga” and Tom DeFalco’s Hobgoblin issues of Amazing as “The second Hobgoblin saga.” Gang War is a separate story. So is Hobgoblin Lives.
The Saga of the Black Costume is Amazing #252-259.
I’ll allow you to count Joe Kelly’s two Rhino stories as one (#617 and 625). We can call it the Saga of Rhino’s Failed Second Chance on Life.
The first Clone Saga is one story. That’s easy. The second Clone Saga, though, is tricky. For the second Clone Saga, it was SO big that I’ll allow you to vote for the second Clone Saga as a single story while also allowing you to vote for any component stories of the Clone Saga separately. So if you want to vote for the Second Clone Saga AND, say, “The Gift” from Amazing #400, feel free. Or if you just want to vote for “The Gift” and not the Second Clone Saga, also feel free.
7. Mini-series count as one story. Like Spider-Man/Human Torch or Spider-Man/Fantastic Four.
8. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.
9. If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.
Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).
Most importantly, have fun!
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