Dan Slott

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Dan Slott
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Slott at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Notable works
The Amazing Spider-Man
Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
Avengers: The Initiative
The Mighty Avengers
Ren & Stimpy
She-Hulk
The Superior Spider-Man
The Thing
Silver Surfer

Dan Slott is an American comic book writer, the current writer on Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man, and is best known for his work on books such as , Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Superior Spider-Man, and Ren & Stimpy

Career[edit]

Early writing[edit]

Dan Slott's first published work for Marvel was "To Bounce Or Not To Bounce", a six page backup story in New Warriors Annual #1 and "Survival of the Hippest" in Mighty Mouse #10 both cover dated July 1991.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] 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 events 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 Initiative crossover.

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,[3] 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".[4] His first three issues placed in the top ten highest selling comics for January, with the first issue taking the number two spot that month, selling around 128,000 copies, a 3% jump from the previous month.[5]

Slott took over writing duties on The Mighty Avengers after writer Brian Michael Bendis's departure, starting with issue #21 and finishing with issue #36.[6] He wrote the story for the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game, which was released in September 2010.[7] In November 2010, Slott took over The Amazing Spider-Man as the sole writer, marking the book's change to a bi-monthly schedule, beginning with Slott's "Big Time" storyline.[8][9]

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,[10] it went on to win the 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Top Dollar Comic of the Year.[11] The comic book went through five printings,[12] 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 went on to win the 2013 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00.[13] 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 of 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." [14]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2099 Unlimited #7, Marvel Comics, 1995
  • A+X #1, Marvel Comics, 2012
    • collected in A+X Equals Awesome
  • AVX: Versus #6, Marvel Comics, 2012
    • collected in Avengers Vs. X-Men
    • collected in AVX: Versus
  • Acclaim Adventure Zone Digests #1-3, Acclaim Comics, 1997
  • Age of Heroes #1-4, Marvel Comics, 2010
    • The Heroic Age trade paperback collects Age of Heroes #1
    • Age of Heroes collects #1-#4
  • All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1 Marvel Comics, 2014
  • Amazing Fantasy (volume 2) #15, Marvel Comics, 2005
    • collected in The Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
  • The Amazing Spider-Man vol.1 #546-#548, #559-#561, #564, #568-#573, #581-#582, #590-#591, #600, #618-#621, #647, #648-#660, #662-676, #678-#700 Marvel Comics, 2008-2012
    • Spider-Man: Through the Decades collects #546
    • Marvel Firsts: Before Marvel NOW! collects #546
    • Spider-Man: Brand New Day Vol. 1 collects #546-#548 (along w/ Spider-Man: Swing Shift, and Venom Super Special #1)
    • Spider-Man: Brand New Day Vol. 3 collects #559-#561
    • Spider-Man: Kraven's First Hunt collects #564
    • Spider-Man: New Ways To Die collects #568-#573
    • Spider-Man: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility #7 collects #568
    • Spider-Man: Death and Dating collects #581-#582
    • Spider-Man: 24/7 collects #590-#591
    • Spider-Man: Died in Your Arms Tonight collects #600
    • Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Book 2: Rhino & Mysterio collects #618-#621
    • Spider-Man: Origin of the Species collects #647
    • Spider-Man: Big Time collects #648-#651
    • Spider-Man: Matters of Life and Death collects #652-#654, #654.1, and #655-#657
    • Marvel Point One collects #654.1
    • Venom: Flashpoint collects #654 and #654.1
    • Spider-Man: The Fantastic Spider-Man collects #658-#662 (2011)
    • Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection collects #648-#662, and #654.1 (2012)
    • Spider-Man: The Return of Anti-Venom collects #663-#665, plus backups from #660 and #662-#665
    • Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Island: Infested collects backups from #660 and #662-#665
    • Spider-Man: Spider-Island collects #666-#673 and backups from #660 and #662-#665
    • Spider-Man: Flying Blind collects #674-#676
    • Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection Vol.2 collects #663-#676 (2013)
    • Spider-Man: Trouble on the Horizon collects #678-#681 and #679.1
    • Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth collects #682-#687
    • Spider-Man: Lizard - No Turning Back collects #688-#691
    • Spider-Man: Danger Zone collects #692-#697
    • Spider-Man: Dying Wish collects #698-#700
    • Morbius The Living Vampire: The Man Called Morbius collects #699.1
    • Superior Spider-Man: Volume 1 collects #698-#700
  • Free Comic Book Day 2007: The Amazing Spider-Man #1, (Free Comic Book Day issue), Marvel Comics, May 2007
    • collected in The Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift: Director's Cut (with new material), 2008
    • collected in Spider-Man: Brand New Day Vol. 1
  • Free Comic Book Day 2011: The Amazing Spider-Man #1, (Free Comic Book Day issue), Marvel Comics, May 2011
    • collected in Spider-Man: The Return of Anti-Venom
    • collected in Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection Vol.2 (2013)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Extra #2
    • collected in Anti-Venom: New Ways to Live
  • The Amazing Spider-Man vol.3 #1-ongoing Marvel Comics, 2014-present
  • Animaniacs #15, 16, 18, DC Comics, 1996
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1-6, DC Comics, 2003
    • collected in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell trade paperback
    • collected in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell: Deluxe Edition hardcover
  • Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1, Special #1, #1-#12 and #14-#20, Marvel Comics, 2007–2009
    • Basic Training collects 1-6
    • World War Hulk: X-Men collects 4-5
    • Secret Invasion: Infiltration collects the last story from Annual #1
    • Killed in Action collects 7-12, Annual #1
    • Secret Invasion collects 14-19
    • Avengers The Initiative: Disassembled collects #20
    • Siege collects the Trauma short story from Avengers: The Initiative Special #1
  • Avenging Spider-Man #8, Marvel Comics
    • collected in Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth
  • Batman Adventures #1-8 and #10-14 (with Ty Templeton), DC Comics, 2003–2004
    • Batman Adventures #1 reprinted in Batman Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2003
    • Batman Adventures #1 reprinted in Batman/Scooby Doo ComicFest 2012
    • digest Batman Adventures: Rogues Gallery collects issues 1-4
    • digest Batman Adventures: Shadows & Masks collects issues 5-8
    • "Learn Spanish with Batman: Rogues Gallery" collects issues 1-4 Berlitz
    • "Learn Spanish with Batman: Shadows & Masks" collects issues 5-8 Berlitz
  • Batman: Double Trouble, Scholastic Books, 2005
  • Batman: Gotham Adventures #58, DC Comics, 2003
  • Big Max #1, Mr. Comics, 2006
  • Cartoon Network Presents #3 and #21, DC Comics/Cartoon Network, 1997 and 1999
  • Cartoon Network Starring Cow and Chicken #3, 7, and 13, DC Comics/Cartoon Network, 1999–2000
    • digest "Cartoon Cartoons: Volume 2 - The Gang's All Here!" includes Cow and Chicken #7, DC Comics/Cartoon Network
  • Dexter's Laboratory #4 and #14, DC Comics, 1999-2000
    • digest "Cartoon Cartoons: Volume 1 - Name That Toon" includes Dexter's Laboratory #4, DC Comics/Cartoon Network
    • Dexter's Laboratory Classics: Volume 1 includes Dexter's Laboratory #4, IDW
  • Dark Reign: The List: The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Comics, 2010
    • collected in Dark Reign: The List
    • collected in Spider-Man: The Gauntlet, Book 1
  • Disney's Aladdin #2 and #11, Marvel Comics, 1994–1995
    • trade paperback "Disney's Aladdin" includes #2
  • Doc Samson #1-4, Marvel Comics, 1996
  • Earthworm Jim #1-3, Marvel Comics, 1995
  • Excalibur #68, Marvel Comics, 1993
  • Great Lakes Avengers #1-#4, Marvel Comics, 2005
    • trade paperback G.L.A. Misassembled collects 4-issue limited series, 2005
    • GLX-Mas Special, 2005
      • collected in Marvel Holiday Magazine 2010
    • Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular, with Fabian Nicieza, 2007
      • collected in Deadpool & Cable Ultimate Collection Book 3
  • Gross Point #2, 5, and 7, DC Comics, 1997-1998
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Free Comic Book Day 2014, Marvel Comics, 2014 (Spider-Verse prelude back-up story)
  • JLA Classified #32-36, DC Comics, 2007
  • JLA: Secret Files and Origins, DC Comics, 2004
  • Justice League Adventures #4, 6, 11, and 13, DC Comics, 2002–2003
    • trade paperback Justice League Adventures" includes 6, 11, and 13
    • digest The Magnificent Seven includes 6 and 11
    • digest Friends & Foes includes 13
  • Looney Tunes #13, 20, 25, 26, 44, 47, 49 - 52, 57, 59, 62, 65, 70, 75, 89, 93, 100, 104, 129, 171, and 182 DC Comics, 1995–2010
    • Bugs Bunny & Friends: A Comic Celebration includes the stories from issues 44 and 47
  • Marvel Comics Presents #89, 93, 98, 99, 116, 119, 129, 130, 132-136, 148, and 156, Marvel Comics, 1991–1994
  • Marvel Swimsuit Special 1992-1993, Marvel Comics
    • material from Marvel Swimsuit Special '93 collected in X-Men: A Skinning of Souls
  • Marvel Tales #256, Marvel Comics, 1991
  • Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Marvel Comics, 2012
    • collected in Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man Reader #1
    • collected in Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man Digest Vol. #1
    • reprinted in Spider-Man/Avengers ComicFest 2012
    • reprinted in Ultimate Spider-Man ComicFest 2013
  • Marvel Year in Review 1991 - 1993, Marvel Comics,
    • material from Marvel Year in Review '93 collected in X-Men: A Skinning of Souls
  • Midnight Sons Unlimited #9, Marvel Comics, 1995
  • Mighty Avengers #21-#36, Marvel Comics, 2009–2010
    • Avengers: I am an Avenger II collects #21
    • The Mighty Avengers: Earth's Mightiest collects #21-#26 (along w/ Secret Invasion Requiem material)
    • The Mighty Avengers: The Unspoken collects #27-#31
    • Siege collects #32-#36
    • The Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign collects #21-#36
  • Mighty Marvel Westerns: Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Comics, 2006
    • included in Mighty Marvel Westerns hardcover
  • Mighty Mouse #10, Marvel Comics, 1991
  • New Warriors Annual #1, Marvel Comics, 1991
    • collected in New Warriors Classic Vol.2
    • collected in New Warriors Omnibus Vol.1
  • Night Thrasher #13-14, Marvel Comics, 1994
  • Nights into Dreams... #1-4, Archie Comics, 1998
  • The Original Ghost Rider #3, 5-12, 15, and 19, Marvel Comics, 1992-1994 (backup stories featuring Phantom Rider)
  • Original Sins #3, Marvel Comics, 2014
  • Pinky and the Brain #3-4, DC Comics, 1996
  • Power Pack Holiday Special #1, Marvel Comics, 1992
  • The Powerpuff Girls #34, DC Comics, 2003
    • collected in Powerpuff Girls: Go, Girls, Go!
  • The Punisher Back to School Special #2, Marvel Comics, 1993
  • The Punisher Summer Special #1, Marvel Comics, 1991
    • collected in The Punisher: Eternal War
  • The Ren and Stimpy Show, 1-13, 15, 17-19 Marvel Comics, 1992–1995
    • Pick of the Litter trade paperback collects issues 1-4
    • Tastes Like Chicken trade paperback collects issues 5-8
    • Don't Try This at Home trade paperback collects issues 9-12
    • Your Pals trade paperback collects issues 13-16
    • Sick Little Monkeys trade paperback collects issues 17-20
    • The Ren and Stimpy Show: Holiday Special 1994
    • The Ren and Stimpy Show Special #3: Masters of Time and Space, 1994
    • The Ren and Stimpy Show: Eenteractive Special, 1995
    • Powdered Toast Man Special #1-2, 1994-1995
  • Saban's Powerhouse Digest (w/ Power Rangers Turbo and Masked Rider) #1-2, Acclaim Comics,1997
  • Scooby Doo #5 and #50, DC Comics/Cartoon Network, 1997 and 2001
    • story from issue 5 included in Scooby Doo - Volume One: You Meddling Kids! digest
  • Secret Invasion: Requiem #1, Marvel Comics, 2009
    • collected in The Mighty Avengers: Earth's Mightiest
    • collected in The Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
    • collected in The Avengers: The Many Faces of Henry Pym
  • Shadowland: Spider-Man #1, Marvel Comics, 2010
    • collected in Shadowland: Street Heroes
  • She-Hulk (volume 1) 1-12, (volume 2) 1-21, Marvel Comics, 2004–2007
    • Single Green Female collects volume 1 - issues 1-6
    • Superhuman Law collects volume 1 - issues 7-12
      • issue #10 is also included in Secret Wars Omnibus
    • Time Trials collects volume 2 - issues 1-5
    • She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection Volume 1 collects volume 1 - issues 1-12 and volume 2 - issues 1-5
    • Laws of Attraction collects volume 2 - issues 6-13
      • issue #8 is also included in Civil War: Marvel Universe trade paperback
      • issue #8 is also included in Civil War: Fantastic Four hardcover
    • Planet Without a Hulk collects volume 2 - issues 14-21
    • She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection Volume 2 collects volume 2 - issues 6-21
  • Silver Surfer #1- Marvel Comics, 2014
  • Sleepwalker #25, Marvel Comics, 1993
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Super Special, #8 and #12, Archie Comics, 1999-2000
    • collected in Sonic Select: Book 4
  • Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1, Marvel Comics, 2011
    • collected in Spider-Man: Spider-Island
    • collected in Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection Vol.2 (2013)
  • Spider-Man/Human Torch #1-5, Marvel Comics, 2005
    • collected as Spider-Man/Human Torch: I'm With Stupid digest
    • collected as Spider-Man & The Human Torch hardcover 2009
  • Spider-Man Magazine For Kids - Fall, Marvel Comics, 1996
  • The Superior Spider-Man #1-#32 Marvel Comics, 2013
    • issues #1-#5 collected in Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy
    • issues #1-#5 collected in Superior Spider-Man: Vol. 1.
    • issue #1 collected in Marvel NOW! Omnibus
    • issue #1 collected in Spider-Man Firsts
    • issues #6-#10 collected in Superior Spider-Man: A Troubled Mind
    • issues #11-#16 collected in Superior Spider-Man: No Escape
    • issues #6-#16 collected in Superior Spider-Man: Vol. 2.
    • issues #17-#21 collected in Superior Spider-Man: Necessary Evil
    • issues #21-#26 collected in Superior Spider-Man: Superior Venom
    • issues #27-#31 collected in Superior Spider-Man: Goblin Nation
  • Superman Adventures #40 and #57, DC Comics, 1999 and 2001
    • issue #40 collected in Superman Adventures: Man of Steel 2013
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Year of the Turtle #1-3, Archie Comics, 1996
  • The Thing #1-8, Marvel Comics, 2005–2006
    • collected as The Thing: Idol of Millions trade paperback
    • trade paperback Pet Avengers Classic includes issue #4
  • Tomb Raider #50, Top Cow/Image Comics, 2005
    • Tomb Raider Compendium Edition includes this story (miscredited)
    • Tomb Raider: Tankōbon Vol.5 includes this story (miscredited)
  • Troublemakers #16, Acclaim Comics, 1998
  • Venom Super Special #1, Marvel Comics, 1995
    • collected in Spider-Man: Brand New Day Vol.1
  • Venom: Sinner Takes All #1-4, Marvel Comics, 1995
  • What If...? (volume 2) #52 and #63, 1993-1994
  • What The--?! #23 and #26, Marvel Comics, 1993-1994
  • Wolverine #102.5, Marvel Comics, 1996
    • collected in Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble
  • Wonder Man Annual #2, Marvel Comics, 1993
  • X-Force Annual #1, Marvel Comics, 1992
    • collected in X-Force: Under the Gun
  • X-Men Annual #1, Marvel Comics, 1992

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Slott at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. 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." 
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "2000s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. 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." 
  5. ^ "Hulk Tops January Charts". ICV2. March 4, 2008. Archived from the original on September 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (September 28, 2008). "Baltimore '08: Slott Takes On Mighty Avengers, More Marvel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gallegos, Anthony (March 31, 2010). "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions First Look". IGN. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ 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."
  9. ^ Wigler, Josh (July 25, 2010). "CCI: The Marvel: Spider-Man Panel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013.  Archive requires scrolldown
  10. ^ Hanks, Henry (December 31, 2012). "Events in landmark Spider-Man issue have fans in a frenzy". CNN. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Diamond Announces 2012 Gem Award Winners". 
  12. ^ "Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #700 (Ramos 5th Printing Variant)". 
  13. ^ "Diamond Announces 2013 Gem Award Winners". 
  14. ^ "April 2014 comics sales: Amazing Spider-Man #1 best-selling issue of 21st Century". 

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