Spider-Man: Homecoming is right around the corner and one publication is getting into the Spidey spirit. Subscribers to Empire Magazine will be getting an exclusive Spider-Man-themed cover illustrated by penciller Alan Davis and inker Mark Farmer. The special edition is exclusive to Empire Magazine subscribers and is currently in the process of being distributed. The cover that will be available for general consumption, purchasable on newsstands, has yet to be revealed.
Both Davis and Farmer are prolific names in the comic book industry; Davis has provided art for series like Captain Britain, The Uncanny X-Men and JLA: The Nail. Davis’ career in comics began in an English fanzine, and his first major gig in the industry was for a revamp of Marvel’s Captain Britain series.
In 1985, Davis was hired by DC Comics to illustrate Batman and the Outsiders. He would later provide art for The Uncanny X-Men before, in 1987, he and Chris Claremont started work on Excalibur. Mark Farmer would eventually end up inking Davis’ work on the series.
Since then, Davis and Farmer have often worked together. The duo have provided art for the Avengers, Superman and Green Lantern. Farmer’s independent work consists of titles like Superman: True Brit, a graphic novel by John Cleese and Kim Johnson that imagined the humorous ways in which Superman’s life would have differed had his ship crash-landed in England, rather than Kansas. The book made light of conformity and the British preoccupation with constantly considering how one is viewed in society.
Empire Magazine’s Spider-Man: Homecoming issue will also feature on-set interviews and various features about the upcoming film that will see Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures unite to bring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will star Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Holland will play a high school-age Spider-Man just learning the superhero ropes after his jarring introduction to the line of work in Captain America: Civil War.
Spider-Man won’t be going up against a world-ending alien or a sentient planet, though. The Wall-Crawler will be pitted against Michael Keaton’s Vulture, a smalltime crook who happens upon a flight suit and a slew of futuristic weapons and uses said tools to strike it rich at the expense of New York City citizens.
Debuting in theaters on July 7, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a production of Columbia Pictures starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.