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“For the natural born smartass, nine times out of ten
the "smartass impulse" is acted upon before the brain
has even engaged in first gear.” - Stephen King?
Bendis/Bagley by far.
Michelinie/ Bagley were a Ace creative team in Amazing Spider-Man.
But Bagley in Ultimate Spider-Man was a more estabilished Spider-Man artist,thus to see his illustrations in U.S.M. along the redefinition of the Spider-Man mythos in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe by Bendis made for a better duo.
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Wow. So not one person besides me likes Michelinie/Bagley the best, huh? I always thought Michelinie's Amazing run was fun and that Bags was at his Spidey drawing best with Michelinie on ASM; as proof, for many years, the bulk of Marvel's Spidey promotional art came from Bags's run with Micheline and became the definitive version of Spider-Man. I think he started getting a little burned out on drawing Spidey by the time DeMatteis came along, and as someone else pointed out, his style shifted way too much on USM to the point where heads were too big, hands looked weird, everybody had the face of 12 years olds regardless of age or sex, etc.
I voted Michelinie, but on second thought, it's DeMatteis. Stories like Shrieking and Power and Responsibility really stretched the limits of how deep a superhero comic could get. Also, Bagely's art was head and shoulders above what we see nowadays. Seriously, what happened to him?
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Hypnotize the desperate slow motionlight/Wash away into the rain
Blood, milk and sky....
Also Bendis stories tended to have pages and pages of boring dialogue panels of faces that weren't too exciting to look at (and the dialog tended to be annoying in the ultra sarcastic "modern" way, no one talks like that except people who like to pretend they're in a TV show). I do like USM i just have some issues with it, but anyway I digress.
Those earlier Bagley comics are all really iconic looking when you look at them today. Lot's of action, no BS. The way comics should be. No 4 issues of exposition to draw out one villian's story for the sake of selling a TPB later.
I think this thread needs an age requirement. I got into Spider-Man on the Michelinie/ Bagley run and it defined Spidey for me in a lot of ways.
I do think that the Bendis/Bagley run was incredible. Having said that nostalgia just kicks in with Michelinie.
This is also weird, but I just don't feel like USM can be talked about in the same breath as ASM. Michelinie had so much baggage to work with and editorial decisions to contend to. Bendis was just given an empty sleight and was told to have fun pretty much. Heck, no one at Marvel though USM would last. That is why it was so low print early on.
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The Bendis/Bagley is the best work that Bagley has been involved with, but I think DeMatteis is the best writer to work with him - even if Bagley never got to illustrate DeMatteis' A game.
I much prefer Michelinie/Bagley and have always felt lukewarm regarding USM, although I did collect it entirely up to DoSM.
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