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Thursday, April 22, 2021 

Three tweets by Dan Slott

I don't know how much Slott talks about politics lately, although some does seem to turn up here and there. First, here's a post where he cites a Spider-Man short written by a shameful novelist: So Slott's not disgusted with Meltzer for penning Identity Crisis, what with its one-sided approach to the fairer sex, and its leftist metaphor for 9-11? Well, it's not like Slott ever respected Mary Jane Watson as a character, so this may not be a surprise. There may have once been a time I'd thought most professional writers considered it wise to avoid association with Meltzer, but in all that time, it's clear I was wrong.

Now, here's something Slott wrote that certainly involves a political topic, in a poll directed at foreigners: Hmm, that part about "gun culture" sure is fishy. So all the USA has a culture, not a belief in the importance of self-defense, huh? I've seen here and there how some leftists like to make gun owners sound more like a nasty variation on Linus Van Pelt, treasuring his security blanket in the Peanuts comic strips as he did when it was in publication, and this is just more of the same mindset. Slott also ignores that a lot of Asian-Americans have been buying guns for self-defense following the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, and many Blacks have been too. So what's Slott insinuating anyway?

And then, here's something he said about his early writing efforts: How ironic he should admit something he did in the past was shoddy, because some of the examples I've looked at from the start of his career were pretty pedestrian (including a short-story from the 1991-94 Wonder Man solo book), suggesting Slott was a most unfortunate choice of editors back in the day for writing assignments, and another poor writer elevated via nepotism to assignments he never deserved. I honestly think it's a shame a notable artist like Kane had to work with him, but I do realize that back in the day, Slott could've been different, and at least had more common sense than today's generation badly influenced by social media and such. Now, however, things have changed, and not for the better.

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Slott has a good sense of humor and a real love of the Lee/Kirby/Ditko characters and their backstories. The editor who assigned him those early stories musts have seen that in hims even then.

Slott is a nutcase who routinely attacks people who criticize his work. For years, he harassed and threatened Douglas Ernst, (for the "crime" of criticizing his Spider-Man run) but never faced any consequences.

Oh, and he "loves" Spider-Man so much that he killed him off for two years and had Doctor Octopus take over his body. That's some "love" for the character all right. Not.

"Slott has a good sense of humor and a real love of the Lee/Kirby/Ditko characters and their backstories."
And yet he doesn't give one hoot about anything past that point. You two really are showing how shallow your understanding of Spider-Man truly is.

A lot of the stories after Lee left were very bland; Peter became a very predictable personality. Gerry Conway was the same age as Peter when he first wrote the book, so it still had a bit of energy with him; but after that Spider-Man became an institution, very stable. Michael Straczynski did a good job of making him interesting again, and Dan Slott was some of the best of what has come since. The Otto as Peter storyline worked well; even though, or maybe because, everyone knew Peter would come back sooner or later.

It is very rare that anyone does a better job on a character than the original writer, and it usually happens only when the original writer leaves a book very quickly after it is created, before the character is set in stone.

It is an open question whether Slott harassed Ernst or whether Ernst harassed Slott; after all, which one created a web-blog about the other? And what threats? If Ernst felt threatened, he could have gone to the police.

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