Dan Slott
Slott seated at a table, smiling
Slott at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born (1967-07-03) July 3, 1967 (age 56)
United States
Notable works
The Amazing Spider-Man
Silver Surfer
She-Hulk
The Superior Spider-Man
Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
Avengers: The Initiative
The Mighty Avengers
The Thing
Ren & Stimpy
Looney Tunes
Batman Adventures
Tony Stark: Iron Man
Fantastic Four
AwardsWriter of Silver Surfer
#11, winner of 2016's Eisner Award for Best Single Issue

Writer of Amazing Spider-Man
#1, winner of 2014's Diamond Gem Award for Top Dollar Comic of the Year[1] Writer of Superior Spider-Man
#1, winner of 2013's Diamond Gem Award for Comic of the Year (Over $3.00)[2]

Writer of Amazing Spider-Man
#700, winner of 2012's Diamond Gem Award for Top Dollar Comic of the Year[3]

Dan Slott (born July 3, 1967) is an American comic book writer, known for his work on Marvel Comics books such as The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Superior Spider-Man, Tony Stark: Iron Man, The Mighty Avengers, and Fantastic Four. His work for DC Comics includes the books Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and Batman Adventures.

Career

Early writing

Dan Slott's first published work for Marvel was "Survival of the Hippest" in Mighty Mouse #10 and "To Bounce or Not to Bounce", an eight-page backup story in New Warriors Annual #1 both cover dated July 1991.[4] He became the regular writer for Marvel's Ren & Stimpy comic book series with that series debut issue (Dec. 1992) and first wrote Spider-Man in an issue of Ren and Stimpy that saw Spider-Man in battle against the Powdered Toast Man. Following this, Slott wrote other children's comics, including DC's Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, and Powerpuff Girls. After work on Batman Adventures and Justice League Adventures, Slott was given the chance to pitch a series for DC. The resulting miniseries was Arkham Asylum: Living Hell with artist Ryan Sook in 2003. In 2004 he wrote the "4th Parallel" storyline for the Justice League which introduced the Red King; this story was published in 2007 in JLA Classified #32–36.

Marvel Comics

2000s

Slott speaking on a panel on comic book writing at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival. To Slott's right is Jim McCann, and to his left are Fred Van Lente and Peter David.

Arkham Asylum's success led to Slott's return to Marvel in 2004 to launch a new She-Hulk series.[5] The title focused on She-Hulk as a "superhuman lawyer" in the Marvel Universe. After relaunching in October 2005, the second series met with higher sales, and after tie-ins with crossover storylines "Civil War" and "World War Hulk", reached its highest numbers yet. In 2007 Slott left the title with volume 2 #21, and became one of the writers on The Amazing Spider-Man.

While She-Hulk was on hiatus in 2005, Slott penned the Spider-Man/Human Torch miniseries, which chronicled the friendship of the two characters over the years, with each issue paying tribute to a different era of Marvel Comics.

Slott gave the team the Great Lakes Avengers their first ever solo miniseries in GLA: Misassembled, which featured a character being killed in each issue. He made the first roster changes to the team since its inception by creating a new character, Grasshopper, and reviving an obscure one, Squirrel Girl. During this period, Slott signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. He has since returned to the GLA twice, first with the 2005 GLX-Mas Special, following a name change to the Great Lakes X-Men, and then again in the 2007 Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular with co-writer Fabian Nicieza, to coincide with Marvel's Civil War: The Initiative branding.

At the end of 2005, Slott was assigned to write The Thing's first solo series in 20 years. It was not a sales success, and was canceled with issue #8, despite Slott's attempts to rally readers in a campaign he called "Pull My Thing." The eight issues have been released in a trade paperback entitled Idol of Millions, which sees the Thing and other heroes fighting deadly roller-coasters and other machines in Arcade's Murderworld.

Slott was the writer of Marvel's Avengers: The Initiative,[6] which launched following the conclusion of the 2006–07 "Civil War" storyline. He was one of the four writers of the thrice-monthly The Amazing Spider-Man, a schedule which began in January 2008 following the controversial storyline "One More Day".[7]

Slott took over writing duties on The Mighty Avengers after writer Brian Michael Bendis' departure, starting with issue #21 and finishing with issue #36.[8]

2010s

Slott wrote the story for the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game which was released in September 2010.[9]

In November 2010, Slott took over The Amazing Spider-Man as the sole writer, marking the comic book's change to a twice–monthly schedule, beginning with Slott's "Big Time" storyline.[10][11]

The "Big Time" storyline ended with The Amazing Spider-Man #700, its final issue. While that issue's story, which involved the switching of Peter Parker's mind with that of Doctor Octopus, and ended with the death of Parker in Doctor Octopus' body and Octopus remaining in Parker's, generated controversy among fans, including death threats for Slott,[12] it won the 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Top Dollar Comic of the Year.[13] The comic book went through five printings,[14] The next month saw the premiere of a new series, The Superior Spider-Man, written by Slott, and featuring the adventures of Spider-Man, now inhabited by the mind of Doctor Octopus. The first issue won the 2013 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00.[15] The Superior Spider-Man ended with issue #31, with Peter Parker back as Spider-Man, and lead to a relaunch of The Amazing Spider-Man in April 2014. The first issue of this new version of The Amazing Spider-Man is, according to Diamond Comics Distributors, "The Best Selling Comic of the 21st Century."[16] Slott's run on Amazing included that book's portion of the 2014-15 "Spider-Verse" storyline, which crossed over all the titles starring that character, and featured Peter Parker and Miles Morales interacting with most of the other notable versions of the character interacting for the first time the comics, including Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Man 2099,[17] an idea Slott had used in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and later adapted into the 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[18]

Slott and artist Mike Allred launched a new Silver Surfer series in May 2014.[19] In 2016, Slott and Allred's Silver Surfer #11 won the Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue".[20]

In 2018 ended Slott wrote four of the Top 10 selling issues for the entire industry, taking the #2, #4, #8, and #10 spots.[21] That year Slott finished his ten year-plus run on The Amazing Spider-Man.[22] He wrote his last major storyline, titled "Go Down Swinging", from issue #797–800, which detailed Spider-Man fighting a Carnage-bonded Green Goblin. After that, he finished his run with his final issue being #801. After finishing his run on The Amazing Spider-Man, Slott began writing Tony Stark: Iron Man and Fantastic Four.[23]

2020s

In January 2020, when Diamond Comics released its list of the Top 100 Best-Selling Comics of the Decade, nine of the titles were ones written by Slott: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man #800, Fantastic Four #1 (2018), The Amazing Spider-Man #700, The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2015), The Amazing Spider-Man #798, Superior Spider-Man #1, The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, and The Amazing Spider-Man #799.[24]

In May 2021, Slott publicly apologized for the sexualization with which he wrote the relationship between Peter Parker and Cindy Moon/Silk, an Asian character he co-created. Slott stated that while he was proud to have introduced her into the Marvel Universe, he admitted that having their attraction be derived from their pheromones was a "bad idea and a mistake", and that after listening to criticism by Asian readers, he came to feel that his depiction of her had "unintentionally played into racial stereotypes" and that "those story choices were a mistake". Slott stated that he was grateful that Robbie Thompson and Nick Lowe removed those elements when they took over the series.[25][26]

In July 2022, Marvel announced that Slott would return full time to the Spider-Man franchise in October as the writer on Spider-Man a series following the aftermath of the "Edge of Spider-Verse" storyline. Slott would be joined by artist Mark Bagley on the book, which would tie into Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr.'s The Amazing Spider-Man series.[27]

Bibliography

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References

  1. ^ "Diamond Announces 2014 Gem Award Winners".
  2. ^ "Diamond Announces 2013 Gem Award Winners".
  3. ^ "Diamond Announces 2012 Gem Award Winners".
  4. ^ Dan Slott at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 321. ISBN 978-0756641238. She-Hulk (aka Jennifer Walters) started a new chapter in her life as chronicled by writer Dan Slott and artist Juan Bobillo. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 336: "Writer Dan Slott along with artist Stefano Caselli created this new series to spotlight the government's training program for newly registered superhuman agents."
  7. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "2000s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 310. ISBN 978-0756692360. It was the start of a bold new era for the web-slinger and the start of the 'Brand New Day' storyline...Writer Dan Slott and artist Steve McNiven had the daunting task of handling the relaunch issue but did so with real style. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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  10. ^ Cowsill "2010s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 334: "Spidey's adventures were about to take an exciting new direction as Dan Slott became the title's sole writer."
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  20. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 23, 2016). "2016 Eisner Award Winners (Full List)". Newsarama. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017.
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  23. ^ Gustines, George Gene (March 29, 2018). "The Return of the Fantastic Four". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 17, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018. Welcome back, Fantastic Four! A video on Thursday about some of Marvel Entertainment's upcoming comics included a silhouetted image of the Fantastic Four, signaling their return to a monthly series beginning in August. The series will be written by Dan Slott and drawn by Sara Pichelli.
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  26. ^ Slott, Dan [@danslott] (May 15, 2021). "I've heard people's problems with my initial Silk stories. I've heard many valid points. I've said those story choices were a mistake on my part (and no one else: editor, artist, etc). I apologize for not understanding the problems those choices could cause. I am sorry for that" (Tweet). Retrieved 2023-06-14 – via Twitter.
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Preceded byScott Benson and Len Kaminski(The Sensational She-Hulk) She-Hulk writer 2004–2007 Succeeded byPeter David Preceded byJ. Michael Straczynski The Amazing Spider-Man writer 2008–2012, 2014–2015, 2015–2018 Succeeded byNick Spencer Preceded byBrian Michael Bendis The Mighty Avengers writer 2009–2010 Succeeded byAl Ewing