5- J.M. DeMatteis
Full of dramatic flair and even psychology at times, it made for a solid read.
4- Stan Lee
All the awkwardness, the comedy, and of course, the drama. Spider-Man is related to Spider-Man every time someone thinks about Spidey, and not just because he wrote the first 100 issues, he wrote 100 pretty good issues (with Ditko helping during his run on the first half of that run).
3- Dan Slott
It was the trade for Brand New Day with the "Trust" of writers at the time, including Slott officially on the rotation on Spider-Man.
I ended up buying the last few issues of Superior Spider-Man and the first few issues of the second volume of Amazing Spider-Man.
I like Slott's witty dialogue and a small dose of drama when necessary. I will continue to slowly buy the trades and catch up, but so far so good!
2- J Michael Srctaczynski
Along came JMS with veteran artist John Romita Jr, and J Scott Campbell as cover artist, and Spider-Man was back on track again with perhaps one of the strongest creative teams the title ever had.
They had a fantastic run up until editorial got too involved with One More Day, which ended up being the last run for JMS on the title. Of course, the stand out issue of this run was the 9-11 issue where Spider-Man and other heroes (and villains) reacted to the tragic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
And now for number 1, and it might be a bit of a shocker here.....
1- Paul Jenkins
His Spider-Man was fun with quirky, wry, almost dry humor, as well as a healthy dose of action and drama as well, I always thought Paul Jenkins Spidey was just the whole package (and working with Ramos definitely helps, and they still have continued working together, on the Dark Horse mini series Revelations that was republished last year under a different studio, as well as the Fairy Tales stories).
His run came out at a time when the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies came out, so some of his best issues involve the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus. If you can get those trades, I definitely recommend them.
That's it for today, hope you all enjoyed these top 5s and hope you share your own favorites. Thank you for reading and have a great week!
PS- Yes, I know Joe Madureira draws an AWESOME Spidey and NO, he wasn't on my Top 5 list for the only reason that he did only 1 Spidey driven issue of Uncanny X-Men, and only 3 issues of Avenging Spider-Man, that's FAR too little in my personal opinion.