"Amazing Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott visited CBR's Tiki Room above the show floor at New York Comic Con 2012 for a wide-ranging and lively interview about his signature, his longtime love of "Doctor Who," why retailers haven't ordered nearly enough copies of "Amazing Spider-Man" #698, ending "Amazing" after fifty years and 700 issues -- and the pressure that entails -- plus teases "Superior Spider-Man", the perils of Google Translate and a "NewsRadio" reference that brings it all full circle.
On his vow to have a legible signature after going to a Forbidden Planet "Doctor Who" signing as a kid: He's just taking [the books] and signing, and handing them back and not even looking at the people. And he does this to me and he gives me my perfectly dry copy of "Doctor Who Monthly" back, and I'm like leaving trails of puddles. It was his first initial and a scribble, and his last initial and a scribble, and I was like -- I was so mad. And I made that vow, that sacred vow -- if I ever got to sign stuff for people you could always read my name.
On why retailers haven't ordered enough copies of "Amazing Spider-Man" #698: [Tom Brevoort] is not very effusive with praise. As an editor he will tell you, "This is not working," but it's rare that you get that fanfare or the smile or the whole [Gasps], "That was good." And #698 he was like, when he read it out -- and Steve [Wacker]'s the editor, but he reads out stuff -- he looked at me and he was like, "Yeah, you can coast after this one..."
On the pressure of ending "Amazing Spider-Man" after 50 years: Technically it ended in 1999. It's not an unbroken chain. You got enough people on the Internet going, "He's killing Amazing Spider-Man!" Not the character, the book. "He's killing the character!" You don't know. You don't know, you're gonna have to wait and see. ... I worked on "Amazing Spider-Man" #600 with John Romita, Jr. and when I was working on that one I went a little batty; I went a little Unabomber. I did not, like, leave my apartment, I just stayed there non-stop -- "It's 'Amazing Spider-Man' #600" -- I wasn't shaving, I grew this really scary pirate beard. ... [After passing the number of issues written by J. Michael Straczynski] I'm clearly in the top three guys -- not for quality, for quantity -- for how many issue of "ASM" I've written. When you hit that zone you're like, "I think I know what I'm doing. OK. If not, they would have kicked me off by now, they would have fired me." So, you know, I'm happy. And I've been reading Spider-Man since I was 8. I'm happy and at peace.
On the lack of information regarding the recently announced "Superior Spider-Man:" The information we have given, the little gleams, have been just enough to piss off everyone. It's great, just this whole miasma of comments in the last, like, 48 hours on my twitter feed is just great. You could take a giant pie chart, there's like a sliver of people of, "'Superior's' gonna be awesome, I can't wait, I love everything you do!" And then there's this sliver of, "I'm leaving Spider-Man! I'm never reading the book again! You suck" Bleep you, Bleep this!" And then there's this really large slice of, "What are you doing?!? Oh no, no it's ending, why? Why? No!" And then an equally large slice of, "I'm very confused -- but I trust you?" ... But that's great. If they werent talking I'd be very scared.