The Man Who Killed Spider-Man

Dan Slott faces his fans. Plus: Spidey's New York!

And somehow they're all still standing despite the battles.

Here's an obscure fact. Captain Britain for a couple of issues was an exchange student who was Peter Parker's roommate. When they started having adventures, Spider-Man and Captain Britain, their meeting spot was the Chrysler Building. And his current job, Horizon Labs, is stationed at South Street Seaport. He's living in Tribeca. This terrible event happens in #700 in Columbus Circle, right in front of the globe. You could have a New York tour based just on what happens to Spider-Man.

After 9/11, there was that special issue, done by other creators, where Spider-Man surveyed the damage at the World Trade Center. Would you ever do anything like that, maybe for Sandy?

Peter Parker trashed Spidey in No. 50 (drawn by John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito), but there were no Internet trolls in 1967 to trash writer Stan Lee.
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Peter Parker trashed Spidey in No. 50 (drawn by John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito), but there were no Internet trolls in 1967 to trash writer Stan Lee.

Marvel's doing an issue: what happens to Hawkeye [the bow-wielding Avenger] during Sandy. So you have all these moments where he's linked to New York. And Spider-Man can only work in New York. When I was a kid, I liked the Spider-Man cartoons, but the thing that got me into comics was Spider-Man coming to my town to a 7-Eleven to sign comics. I was eight, and I brought my first comics for him to sign. I got there early because I wanted to see him swing him in. This was Spielbergian California, like E.T. or Poltergeist, and after a while I started freaking out because I realized there were no tall buildings for him to swing on.

Will you know when it's time to let someone else take over Amazing or Superior or Whatever Spider-Man?

If I ever wake up and think, "I have to write Spider-Man" rather than "I get to write Spider-Man," that's when I stop. But I am a long way from that. You walk into my apartment, and it looks like Spider-Man's head blew up.

ascherstuhl@villagevoice.com

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