As we move into BIG TIME, and the ongoing new ASM team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos/Stefano Casselli, it’s sometimes crazy to try to imagine just how many different creative teams there were in the short amount of time of the Brand New Day-era of Spider-Man. Spidey has had some great creative teams in his many years. Precluding Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, because that’s just damn obvious, who were some of the greats? Check out some of my favorite Spidey creative teams after the jump!
Paul Jenkins/Humberto Ramos
Though Paul Jenkins worked with numerous artists during his run on Spidey (most notably Mark Buckingham and Talent Caldwell), it’s his stories with artist Humberto Ramos that clicked the most with me. They produced some absolute MUST READS for Spider-Man fans, including Return of the Green Goblin (from Peter Parker: Spider-Man #44-47) which led to them getting to launch their own title, The Spectacular Spider-Man, which included the absolutely fantastic stories The Hunger and Countdown. If you can pick up any of these trades, you definitely should.
Again, a bit obvious like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Todd McFarlane’s take on our favorite wall-crawler has influenced almost every take on the character since. McFarlane drew Spider-Man almost as a contortionist, and between being coupled with David Michelinie, as well as being the writer-artist on one of the top selling comics of ALL TIME (Spider-Man #1), the 90’s were a golden era for both McFarlane and Spider-Man. Standouts include, of course, the introduction of Venom and the initial storyline from the adjectiveless Spider-Man title, “Torment.”
David Michelinie/Mark Bagley
David Michelinie created both Venom with Todd McFarlane and Carnage with Mark Bagley. He killed Aunt May. From the late 1980s to early ’90s, he wrote a run that featured the art of Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, and Mark Bagley. He has the record of having the second longest run as writer (from 1987-1994) on The Amazing Spider-Man comic, behind Stan Lee. He wrote “The Return of the Sinister Six” storyline where Willie Lumpkin died, as well as “The Assassin Nation Plot” featuring Captain America and the Red Skull. My favorite Spider-Man stories ever, and the ones I grew up with, were almost entirely written by Michelinie.
Though Erik Larsen hasn’t written a ton of Spider-Man, he did write the “Revenge of the Sinister Six” storyline in the adjectiveless Spider-Man. Larsen had the thankless job of following up Todd McFarlane on both Amazing Spider-Man and the adjectiveless book, but he took on the job with gusto, and the world was introduced to someone who is still one of fandoms most talented writer/artists.
J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck/Sal Buscema/Anybody
Love me some J.M. DeMatteis. Other than Michelinie, DeMatteis is my second favorite Spidey writer. He wrote “Fearful Symmetery,” the storyline that ended with Kraven the Hunter committing suicide. Not only that, he had a long run on Spectacular Spider-Man with Sal Buscema that continued many of the same things, creating some of the most memorable Green Goblin and Vermin stories. And…well, he had a part in the Clone Saga, which I loved.
Who were some of your favorite Spidey creative teams?