Total Nerd The Best Spider-Man Comic Book Writers  

Ranker Comics
2k votes 288 voters 23.5k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite Spider-Man comic book writers.

Comic book writers are oftentimes some of the most under-appreciated artists. Every panel, every speech bubble, every thought, and every plot arc that's created in comic books is thanks to the writers. Not only do these stories need to be pumped out at breakneck speeds, they need to be well written, with deep, meaty stories, and huge character development. They need to keep the villains fresh and dynamic, and have smaller plot lines within each issue in addition to the overall story arc. It's a complicated process.

Top that off with pressure from publishers and millions of adoring fans, and you've got writers who are constantly under the gun and cranking out their most creative thoughts at will. That, my friends, is working under pressure.

Let's tip our hats to the people who keep us fans coming issue after issue, year after year to some of the greatest writing the comic book world has ever seen. These are the best of the best, the ones who make all of those wonderful web-slinging memories, these are the greatest Spider-Man writers of all time.
1 181 VOTES

Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spider-Man Comic Book Writers
Photo: via Twitter

Writer on: Amazing Spider-Man #1-100, 105-110, 116-118, 200.

Iconic Characters Invented: Spider-Man, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro, Kraven, Gwen Stacy, George Stacy, Mary Jane, Aunt May, Uncle Ben., J Jonah Jameson, and so many more.

Memorable Arcs: Too many to name, his legendary 100-issue run made the characters and built the foundation for literally everything that was to come.

Single Issue: Amazing Fantasy #15, a scrawny nerd becomes a superhero. Gets cocky and loses his father figure and never, ever lives it down. Hell of a way to start a franchise.

Why it was unique: They decided against making Peter Parker the standard square-jawed hero of the time, and instead, invented an underdog hero and made him into one of the most popular and iconic characters, in any medium, ever.

Also Ranked

#11 on The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever

#5 on American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

#59 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#4 on Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100

165 16
Are they one of the best?
see more on Stan Lee
2 146 VOTES

Steve Ditko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spider-Man Comic Book Writers
Photo: via Wikimedia

Writer on: Amazing Spider-Man #1-34.

Iconic Characters Invented: Spider-Man, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro, Kraven, Gwen Stacy, George Stacy, Mary Jane, Aunt May, Uncle Ben. J Jonah Jameson, and more.

Memorable Arcs: Introduction to Doc Ock, First Sandman, and basically, all of them.

Single Issue: Amazing Spider-Man #33, Spider-Man proving perseverance triumphs over all else and lifts TONS and TONS of rubble to save the day.

Why it was unique: As both co-writer and artist, Ditko had a lot to do with the look of our hero. Making him not only rail thin, but covered in webs, and moving in the way he does was all unheard of at the time. 
133 13
Are they one of the best?
see more on Steve Ditko
3 107 VOTES

Gerry Conway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spider-Man Comic Book Writers
Photo: via Twitter

Writer On: Amazing Spider-Man #111-149, Annual #12, 23 Spectacular Spider-Man #1-3, 6,137-174 Web of Spider-Man #35, 36, 47-70.

Iconic Characters Invented: Punisher, Tombstone, Phil Ulrich.

Most Memorable Arc: The death of Gwen Stacy, Amazing Spider-Man #121, 122.

Why it was unique: The first writer post Stan Lee, Conway broke comic book social norms by not always finishing a series off with a happy ending. He made events in comics have real consequences, creating a sense of real danger in his issues. This guy killed Gwen Stacy. He single-handedly ended the innocent Silver Age of comics. Then, he married Aunt May to Doc Ock, turned John Jameson into a werewolf, and ended his run on Amazing by introducing Spider-Man's Clone. Oh, and he started all this when he was 19 years old. No big deal.
93 14
Are they one of the best?
see more on Gerry Conway
4 107 VOTES

David Michelinie

David Michelinie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spider-Man Comic Book Writers
Photo: via Imgur

Writer On: Amazing Spider-Man #205, 290-292, 296-352, 359-388, 545 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21-26, '95 Spectacular Spider-Man #173-175, 220, Annual #11-12 Web Of Spider-Man #8, 9, 14-20, 23, 24, 70 Annual #7, 8.

Iconic Characters Invented: Venom, Carnage, Cardiac.

Most Memorable Arc: Introduction of Venom, Amazing Spider-Man #300, Peter and Mary-Jane's wedding, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21.

Why it was unique: With the help of McFarlane's art, Michelinie's Spidey books flew off the shelves. He wrote a well-versed Spidey with a unique voice and knew his artists strengths (in addition to McFarlane, he wrote for Larsen and Bagley as well) and played to them. He introduced Peter's parents again and created Spider-Man mainstays, as well as fan favorites, Venom and Carnage. 
91 16
Are they one of the best?