Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Spider-Man Revisited 33: Kurt Busiek
Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 at 10:52:48 am EDT (Viewed 4 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Spider-Man Revisited 33: Kurt Busiek
Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:37:43 am EDT (Viewed 6 times)

    So basically, it helps to have a short run? \:\-\) Less opportunities to stink and all that...

Yeah, that's the ticket. A short run by a small number of solid creative teams is the only way to make it into the "best overall series" argument.

    (Not that that's a guarantee of success - see Spider-Man Unlimited.)

Very true. S-M U was destined to be bad, because it was oversized with multiple creative teams, so they had tons of chances to be mediocre. Anthologies CAN be done right, though. I think Tangled Web showed this. Only a few stinkers and a few really great comics (I don't consider TW 4 a Spider-Man story, but if I did, it'd be top five all time.) Third time's the charm, I guess (after Unlimited and Webspinners).

Of the long running (over 50 issues) Spider-man books, I'd say that:
Amazing > Spectacular > (Ultimate >) Peter Parker: Spider-Man vol 2 > Marvel Team-Up > Adjectiveless > (Spidey Super Stories >) Web Of

    Busiek has a way of "recapturing old elements" which is very appealing in some projects (UTOS, JLA/Avengers, parts of Avengers, etc.) and less appealing in others (Iron Man, other parts of Avengers, etc.).

That sounds like my feelings towards him, too. By the way, have you read Astro City? I've heard good things but have never actually put up the cash to sample it.

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