It was briefly revived in the 1990s by Phil Foglio, who wrote an issue of Secret Files and Origins (which revealed that Spot was actually a demon who had been booted out of Hell for being too nice) and a four-issue mini-series. The revival managed to make the fluffy whimsical series into part of The DCU without making it Darker and Edgier — this despite the fact that the mini-series culminated in Stanley storming the gates of Hell to rescue Spot. An ongoing series did not result, and that's the last the world heard from Stanley and His Monster apart from occasional guest appearances.
In 2001 Stanley and his monster appeared in, of all things, a Green Arrow story arc written by Kevin Smith — which was not fluffy or whimsical at all. Let's not talk about that. They also made a cameo in Infinite Crisis and in a story arc in Superman/Batman.
Stanley and His Monster provides examples of:
- Batman in My Basement: Spot and, in the original version, Shaugnessy Poltroon the leprechaun and Schnitzel the dwarf
- Fluffy the Terrible: Spot
- No Name Given: Spot's original name was never revealed. (The later Foglio version asserted that he didn't have one, unless "the Nameless One" counts as a name.)
- Non-Human Sidekick: Spot
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Spot
- Speech Impediment: Stanley started out with a "th" lisp but eventually lost it.
- The Cameo: In an arc of Superman/Batman, aged up, in a Bad Future where a cabal of villainous sorcerers succeed in a pact with eldritch horrors to magically blot out the sun. There the world only survives because the most prominent heroic sorcerers sacrificed their lives to create a ring of magical stars around the dark sun. He becomes part of La Résistance.
The 1993 mini-series specifically provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Stanley's parents are at first bewildered, concerned, and freaked out by all the crazy things that happen... but by the final issue they've come to terms with it.
- Backwards-Firing Gun: Ambrose Bierce gives Stanley a backwards-firing water pistol that squirts him in the face. It's filled with holy water to test if he's a demon.
- Captain Ersatz: DC wouldn't let Foglio use John Constantine, so he created an almost-identical character named Ambrose Bierce and hung a lampshade on it. And they wouldn't let him use Neil Gaiman's Sandman in a dream sequence, so Gardner Fox's original Sandman appears instead (but talks and acts as if he were Gaiman's King of Dreams).
- Chekhov's Armoury: Justified — When Stanley is preparing to go rescue Spot, Ambrose Bierce has him pick "Everything he thinks they will need", simultaneously casting a spell that creates a causality loop in which whatever Stanley picks will be exactly what's required. But it forms a kind of Plot Tailored to the Party as Stanley and the Monster will be unable to leave Hell until all the items are used.
- Creator In-Joke: The references to the Heterodyne Boys in the first issue were this at the time, though they've become more famous since.
- Cute Monster Girl: The demon Nyx, Spot's old flame.
- Darker and Edgier: Played with. Foglio seems to be seeing how many references to Vertigo Comics he can work in without the story ceasing to be light and fluffy. (Also, the cover of the first issue depicts Darker and Edgier versions of the characters, knee-deep in skulls — being day-dreamed by an editor while Foglio pitches the light and fluffy mini-series to him.)
- Deus ex Machina: Invoked by the narration when Nyx has the Monster cornered at one point. "Luckily, every good story is allowed one amazing coincidence. The writer has decided to cash his in now. (Convenient lightning strike hits Nyx)."
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Heterodyne Boys Big Book of Fun.
- Historical-Domain Character: Ambrose Bierce, John-Constantine-like occult detective, is supposedly the Ambrose Bierce, whose horror stories were based on fact. (His famous disappearance is explained here as being him going into hiding because an Eldritch Abomination was coming to complain about the write-up he'd given it.)
- High-HeelFace Turn: Double Subversion. Nyx, the Monster's ex, had been trapped in a punishment chamber after failing to capture the Monster until Stanley storms Hell's gates to free him. When Spot frees Nyx, they reconcile thanks to a combination of Nyx's abandonment and trust issues, the Monster's love for Nyx... and Stanley's heartfelt belief in this trope. As soon as the group leaves Hell, Nyx returns to herself, and tries to attack the Monster — but it's clearly because Hope Is Scary (even before Stanley's influence, it's clear that Nyx and the Monster still had unresolved feelings for each other). Duma and Remiel decide to leave her alone at the end of the miniseries because she "has not completely rejected [good]," hoping that sooner or later she and the other demons might eventually see the light and allow the angels to return to Heaven.
- Identical Stranger: Ambrose Bierce looks identical to John Constantine, even demons get it wrong.
- Occult Detective: Ambrose Bierce
- Overused Copycat Character: The comic pokes fun of the Trenchcoat Brigade by having Ambrose Bierce, a fellow brigadier, describe it like so:
- Self-Inflicted Hell: Played with. The DCU's Hell is whatever you expect it to be, and Stanley is an innocent little kid whose knowledge of Hell comes entirely from Saturday morning cartoons and Spot's stringently self-censored stories — so as soon as Stanley enters, Hell becomes cute, brightly-colored and harmless, with the demons forced to behave as if they were stupid and easily-outwitted. (Ambrose Bierce explains this trope; but not to Stanley, since it only works because Stanley doesn't know any better.)
- Talking with Signs: Used by the angel Duma (The Voiceless) to communicate.
- To Hell and Back: Stanley has to enlist the aid of Ambrose Bierce and the Phantom Stranger to rescue Spot from Hell.
- Treehouse of Fun: The first issue, before the main plot kicks in, revolves around Stanley's attempts to build the world's best ever treehouse, following the instructions in a book of Fun Things For Boys he finds in the attic, without his parents finding out.
- Trenchcoat Brigade: Ambrose Bierce
- The Voiceless: The angel Duma, which had been established as such in the pages of The Sandman.
- Weird Trade Union: Ambrose Bierce is a card-carrying member of the Disreputable Urban Magicians and Sorcerers Union.
- Whatevermancy: Ambrose Bierce gets involved after receiving a tip-off from a jellomancer, a person who can read the fluctuations of reality in jello.
- With This Herring: See Chekhov's Armoury above. Stanley storms Hell armed with a Halloween mask, a bottle of soda, an umbrella, a packet of hot dogs, a bottle of barbeque sauce and a little red wagon.
Green Arrow: Quiver specifically provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Stanley, Sr, is an abusive grandparent.
- Back from the Dead: The arc was meant to reintroduce Ollie after his death and a major part of the arc is getting Ollie's soul to rejoin the revived body and stop Stanley Sr. from taking it.
- The Cameo: Morpheus makes another one, this time in his usual form.
- Darker and Edgier: Really, this time. Stanley is abducted and tortured by a satanist who wants Spot to be his servant. Spot eats him (the satanist, not Stanley).
- Thank god it all ends on a (relatively) happy note; Spot only eats Stanley's grandfather because he really, really deserved it, and the Monster later erases Stanley's memories of all this horror to restore his mental health.
- Grand Theft Me: Part of Stanley Sr.'s plot is taking to take over the soulless body of Ollie. This is foiled when the real Ollie's soul decided to rejoin the body.
- Harmful to Minors: What Stanley underwent.
- One Steve Limit, subclass "If There's Two Steves, It's For A Reason": The Stanley-and-His-Monster part of the plot begins when Green Arrow meets an elderly man named Stanley Dover, who turns out to be young Stanley's eponymous grandfather. And also the satanist who is trying to summon the Monster; it's suggested that an earlier attempt by the elder Stanley to summon the Monster to himself resulted in the Monster being summoned to the wrong Stanley, leading to their first meeting and all that followed.