I regretted opening this thread earlier this morning because thinking about my "list" made it impossible for me to get any real work done today... Curse you Xenon! LOL!
Okay, with 8 hours to think about this... Here goes.
11. Dan Jurgens
My one 'dark horse' on my list. As much as the Cone Saga was a mess, I really enjoyed Jurgens short stint when he relaunched Ben Reilly as Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man vol. 1. I've always hoped he would return to the wallcrawler some day.
10. Kurt Busiek
His run on Untold Tales gets him into my top ten. What a great series!
9. Tom DeFalco
Nostalgia here folks as Tom was writing Spidey when I first started collecting. I enjoyed how he picked up the pieces after Stern left ASM.
8. Paul Jenkins
I remember jumping up and down when Jenkins took over Peter Parker in the early 2000's. What a breath of fresh air!
7. Brian Michael Bendis
His Ultimate Spider-Man title is outstanding. Those are the comics I read to my children almost every day.
6. Bill Mantlo
Gotta agree with most on this board when they say Mantlo is severely under appreciated. Spectacular in the early 80's is solid reading.
5. Gerry Conway
Still can't believe he was a teenager when he took over from Stan on ASM. Death of Gwen Stacy still keeps me up at night.
3. JM DeMatteis / Peter David
I really can't decide here. Both are awesome, but very different. JMD wrote the serious spine-chillers that made me and my friends freak out. But PAD's Spidey tales were just so darn fun! He was born to write the webhead.
2. Roger Stern
Uncle Rog is my fave. I have such fond memories driving from Montreal to Syracuse a few years back to attend a small comic convention just to get him to sign ASM 226-250 for me - my all-time favorite run of Spider-Man comics. He wrote the best Spider-Man of the 80's and really made lasting changes to Spidey's world. I'm still in awe of his work today.
1. Stan Lee
Created Spider-Man and I'll always be thankful for that. Excelsior!
- Jason G. Carr
In other news, Jurgens ALMOST made it on my list. Just barely bumped by Busiek and Mantlo
Now that we've got a whole day and a lot more votes time to update. I think, withotu checking it before I say this, that it won't look all THAT different than it did before, but it looked quite different during the day. Peter David climbed several spots before falling back to his spot.
Current Composite Standings (Number in Parenthesis is total points) [Number in Brackets is first place votes]
1) Stan Lee (133 points) 
2) J.M. DeMatteis (101 points) 
3) Roger Stern (99 points) 
4) Gerry Conway (82 points)
5) Brian Michael Bendis (61 points)
6) J. Michael Straczyski (46 points) (TIE)
6) Dan Slott (46 points) (TIE)
8) Paul Jenkins (44.5 points)
9) Peter David (42 points)
10) Tom DeFalco (38 points)
11) Bill Mantlo (26.5 points)
In case anyone is wondering, 26 different writers have received votes
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I think I've settled on 8-11.
11) Zeb Wells
He wrote the best sad sack Spidey of any of the Brand New Day guys. And his earlier work was also pretty good, with a solid Doctor Octopus Year One project and an excellent Jonah spotlight. Plus, Shed is probably the best Lizard story.
10) Gerry Conway
The Night Gwen Stacy Died remains my favorite Spider-Man story. His other tales weren't on that level, and it's entirely possible to do a Top 50 in which only one of his stories appears.
But he deserves credit for managing the Spider-Man titles after Stan Lee's departure, to the extent that some consider his and Lee's run to be the first era of the Spider-Man comics. The Harry Osborn Green Goblin two-parter, introduction of Punisher and original clone saga were also good stuff.
I'm slightly bummed that a vote for him is going to break his tie with Slott, whose Spider-Man run has been better.
But JMS's first arc with Morlun was excellent, as was the issue in which Aunt May learned his identity, and the rest of the Ezekiel/ Spider-totem saga.
8) Mark Millar
Wrote one of the ten best Spider-Man stories ever. Also successful with his unconventional Ultimate crossover "The Death of Spider-Man."
I think it's really interesting that Slott and JMS, the most current writers of the past decade, are tied. They have two totally different approaches to storytelling.
I'm interested in your opinion. Why do you think they're tied? Why do you prefer Slott to JMS?
I think Slotts best arc is Matters of Life and Death and JMSs is Coming Home. Both writers owe a lot to their artists. I think Slott owes more to Martin. Which arc, in your opinion is better and why?
Oh, anyone can join in. I'm genuinely interested in your thoughts.
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I looked over the data again, trying to find a pattern. What I expected to find was people who rated JMS high to rate Slot low, and people who rated Slott high to rate JMS low, but that doesn't really seem to match up. Four people left off JMS and five left off Slott, but two of those people are the same, leaving off both of them. The ones that have both are all over the place, sometimes the two are close, sometimes far away from each other. And even leaving one off isn't a great example, as one person left off Mr. Slott but only put JMS in last or next to last of the top eleven. In other words, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason.
For me, personally, being one of the five who left Mr. Slott off the list, I especially can't understand it. I think you've identified JMS' best story, but I think there's a limit to just how high he can go. While spectacular at the civilian side of Spider-Man, his superhero side was never quite in line with expectations for Spider-Man. As for Slott, I think his best story was actually New Ways to Die, but even that had a kind of disappointing ending as Norman behaves in a completely new and out of he blue manner that isn't really justified. In the end, I prefer JMS to Slott because JMS writes characters WAY better and has satisfying endings. Slott's stories have been...close to greatness. But just off enough to...sour things.
Although, thinking about it. I would suggest that JMS' later works were actually not all that dissimilar from Mr. Slott's.
I will admit that the composite list is turning out ABOUT how I expected so far. I thought Mets would be proven right about DeMatteis and Stern being "the two best non-Stan Lee writers", and they're just running away with those positions. I expected JMS and Slott to be in the middle and PAD to be near the bottom. I had HOPED that PAD would get closer to the top, but as I feared, most people have simply forgotten him. Of the writers in the top eleven, he and Mantlo are tied with the least votes. Bendis I expected to do well, which is why I kinda didn't want to include him. I've liked what Ultimate I've read, but just like PAD's 2099 and DeFalco's Spider-Girl, they're really not quite like writing the same thing. It's not as pure of a comparison. I'm also surprised by Conway. I expected him to make the list, but I thought he'd be in the bottom half. But he has a pretty commanding hold of fourth, and is actually within striking distance of DeMatteis and Stern. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, I moved him up my list pretty significantly when I started really thinking about it. As someone else has noted, that initial 200 issues is astoudingly good. I didn't have an issue I actively disliked until ASM 243. so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Really I guess what I should be surprised about is that Len Wein and Marv Wolfman aren't even close. =\
11) Paul Jenkins. Great emotional approch of his psyche synthesis! However, his tales were extremely boring frquite often
10 Roger Stern
9) Tom Defalco. He was fine but in his dialogues the word ''Peter'' was all over the place this was pretty intense in SM #75. Plus, his Spider Girl was childish.
8) Kurt Busiek. His Untold Tales were fantastic but again as Defalco. The stories were lacking adult themes
7) Chris Claremont. His stories were complicated from time to time.
6) Peter David. His Death of Jean Dewolf and Spider Man 2099 are considered as classics in my eyes. However that Friendly Neiborhood run... (well expect that issue were Pete ate Morlun which i found as a guilty pleasure)
5) Michieline for his awesome Carnage.
4) A tie between Dan Slott and Gerry Conway because both of them wrote the stories that made us change our opinion regarding super heroes. The former brought back the menace of Dr Octopus (stealing some steam from Norman Osborn in the process) but making him a Spider Man was...well.... weird and disturbing (this is the reason why he lost number two place). The latter gave as the most shocking and heart shattering moment in comic book history and presented us the one guy that could easily give Lex Luthor a tip or two on how you can make your archnemesis's life a living nightmare.
3) JMS.You can say anything you like about Sins Past and even OMD (all though i still believe that he wasn't the writer of that story) but you have to admit that when he came on board AMS he received a total wreck and managed to restore the title to it's former glory before the Clone Saga. But he takes place number 3 because of Sins Past, PROBABLY because of OMD and finally because of his extremely dull covers.
2) Dematteis. The guy took an incredibly stupid moron (Kraven) and managed to make him a cult figure which haunted the life of Peter Parker for some time. ASM #400 was a masterpiece even though it didn;t had a breath taking battle but it sure had a heart shattering HUMAN moment between May Parker and Peter sport lighting the importance that the relationship between a mother and a son has, even though that May and Peter are not mother and son. Finally, the story of Harry Osborn's corruption and fall was pretty intense as well!
1) Stan Lee. Because simply putted, he started it all!
11. Chris Claremont
10. Len Wein
9. Zeb Wells
8. Todd McFarlane - Not the greatest storyteller but the art was amazing
7. Dan Slott - vastly improved since Big Time but his Brand New Day stuff wasn't very good
6. Brian Michael Bendis - the only thing worth reading in the Ultimate Universe is Spidey
5. Howard Mackie - I know he gets a lot of flack but I liked some of his stuff
4. J.M. DeMatteis - Kraven's Last Hunt - nuff said
3. Stan Lee - props for creating Spidey but his stories were often too cheesy
2. Peter David - great storytelling
1. Joseph Michael Straczynski - he really understood that the book is at its best when its about Peter Parker who happens to be Spiderman rather than vice versa and no one wrote a better Peter Parker. The arc where Aunt May learns his identity is one of the greatest arcs in comic history.
That being said, Bendis and Jenkins cracked my top ten and they're both Y2K writers that really got me back into comics after the cesspool that was the late 90's.
- Jason G. Carr
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The Shadow, 2008
Coming Home would be in my Top 50, but there are two things I hold against it. The fight with Morlun is derivative of the classic Juggernaut fight. And there's the absurd coincidence of Peter Parker going to Midtown High on the same day as a school shooting, an even that is not mentioned again.
As for Millar, I thought twelve issues is ultimately enough to determine that someone can be included in a list of top writers. Steve Englehart earned his spot on the top Batman writers with less, as did Alan Moore with Superman.
Interesting question on why they're tied. I think that's math more than anything else. People are likely to pick them but not in the top five, so they'll cluster together with Jenkins, who is in the same position.
I will note that I don't care for the points system, although it's been done before with some professional organizations. It doesn't seem to me that the tenth best writer is worth nine times less than the second best. I'm not sure how to compensate for that, though. Maybe by awarding every writer additional points for the number of lists they appear in.