Dan Slott is the most prolific Spider-Man writer of all time, having written Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man for 10 years – and that’s not counting his work on other comics, games and TV shows. Spiderman. But in all these years, he’s never been able to write two great story ideas – and although he wanted to do them back then, he’s now happy that it’s a sticky situation in which the Marvel’s network head was never involved.
“The worst mistakes I could’ve made never happened because I had writers smart enough to stop me,” Slott tweeted. “That’s why you’ve never seen my Spidey / Swarm story with Nazi bees making Nazi honey, or the story where Pym’s particles turned Spidey into Giant-Spider-Man and he fought Fin Fang Foom. . “
That’s right. Nazi honey.
Swarm is a ’70s Marvel villain created by Bill Mantlo and John Byrne in Champion # 14. Swarm was originally a scientist named Fritz von Meyer who worked for Adolf Hitler during World War II. Meyer survived the end of World War II and fled to South America where he discovered a colony of mutant bees. Meyer tried to capture the colony, but ended up being eaten by the bees – but with his consciousness absorbed into the hive itself, thus becoming Swarm.
Swarm settled down to become a C-List Spider-Man villain in a straightforward way, but eventually, the idea that he was a âNazi Bee-Manâ became the character’s overarching concept. Before picking up Amazing Spider-Man, Slott even briefly used Swarm in his Mighty Avengers run, Swarm creating Avengers doppelgangers made up entirely of bees.
But Slott’s idea for Swarm in Amazing Spider-Man is good much darker, and he actually shared it on an episode of The Present Age podcast.
âEvery Swarm story was the same Swarm story. He shoots you bees. I [tell my editor], ‘I have an idea. I want to do a Swarm story. I know a new way to do a Swarm story. ‘ The editor is like, ‘What is this?’ I say, ‘We never saw what happened to honey,’ âSlott explained.
” He said what ? I’m like ‘Yeah. He would sell honey at the farmer’s market and stuff disguised in a beekeeper’s costume or something. Anyone who eats honey, since it is honey made from Nazi bees, becomes Nazis. ‘”
Nazi bees, making Nazi honey, turning those who eat it into Nazis. The title of Slott’s story was, grim enough, “Nazi Gold”. Slott’s editor, whom he did not name, reportedly had it shut down fairly quickly.
âThey say, ‘You never tell that story. You never tell the story of Nazi honey. We will arrest you.’ It’s good to have someone to say no to you. “
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