Counting down the writers who were most responsible with their power
10. Kurt Busiek
"Web of Spider-Man" #81-83, "Spider-Man Unlimited" #2-5, "Untold Tales Of Spider-Man" #1-25, "Untold Tales Of Spider-Man '96" "Untold Tales Of Spider-Man '97," "Untold Tales Of Spider-Man: Strange Encounter" #1, "Spider-Man Team-Up" #7
One of the Marvel's most popular and prolific authors of the '90s and 2000s (and still proving he is one of the most innovative voices in comics today with his latest volume of "Astro City" from Vertigo Comics), Kurt Busiek is best known for his work on the Avengers and creation of the Thunderbolts -- but that's not to say his Spider-Man oeuvre should be overlooked. The writer cut his teeth on three capable "Web of Spider-Man" issues in 1991 (one featuring Man Mountain Marko, who doesn't love Man Mountain Marko?), but Busiek really made an impact on Spider-Man history with his 1995 "Untold Tales of Spider-Man" series with artist Pat Olliffe.
"Untold Tales" was an innovate project that took place in between the first twenty-five issues of the Sliver Age "Amazing Spider-Man." Fans got to see the emotional impact some of Spider-Man's earliest battles had on the web-slinger as well as on his friends and family. It was a tribute to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko that did not get bogged down in continuity; instead, it was a loving focus on Peter trying to survive high school while recovering from his first battles with Dr. Octopus, Electro and the Sandman. "Untold Tales" proved there was a market for a high school Spider-Man book, something Marvel would exploit just a few years later with "Ultimate Spider-Man." The book was able to examine the Silver Age stories from multiple point of views, like that of Mary Jane Watson, a character who did not take part in the original Spidey narrative, but would have been present in the surrounding areas of Peter's first battles. Busiek introduced new characters like Scorch, Commanda and Batwing -- all woulda, coulda, shoulda been Silver Age characters introduced in a very modern context. All in all, Busiek pulled off the impossible, creating comics that made the original issues of "Amazing" shine ever brighter while forging his own legacy with Spider-Man. Sadly, "Untold Tales" did not last long, but it was strong enough to put Busiek on this list.