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The Spider-Man Spinoff Miniseries That Never Was

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The Spider-Man Spinoff Miniseries That Never Was

In Nothing Was Delivered, we look at announced comic book projects that never came about. We’ll try to find out WHY they didn’t come out. I’m sure you all know tons of examples of comic book projects like these, so feel free to write me at brianc@cbr.com to tell me some for future columns.

Reader Theo P. wrote in to me asking about the following Puma series that was announced in a 1994 Spider-Man comic book:

That basic creative team (sans Tom Palmer) had done an acclaimed story arc together when DeMatteis and Buscema were the creative team on Spectacular Spider-Man, where DeMatteis tied in his Black Crow character from his Captain America run in with the Puma…

So it would certainly be a logical idea that DeMatteis and Buscema would do more work with the character (Tom Palmer inking Buscema, by the way, would be VERY interesting. At the time, Palmer had not inked Buscema in a decade. He had only inked a handful of Buscema issues PERIOD in their decades together at Marvel, most of which came during a short stint together on Nova in the late 1970s).

But what happened? I asked J.M. DeMatteis about it and he was so kind as to explain that he liked the character enough that he pitched a series, although he couldn’t remember what it was about. He had plotted out the first couple of issues and Buscema had even begun to draw it when Buscema dropped out of the project. They looked for a replacement (DeMatteis thinks that perhaps Bret Blevins was being considered) but then DeMatteis (who was writing the main Spider-Man title, Amazing Spider-Man, at the time) got too busy and the whole project was just abandoned.

Too bad, that DeMatteis/Buscema run on Spectacular Spider-Man was great, so it would have been fun to see more from them.

Thanks to J.M. DeMatteis for the lowdown and thanks to Theo for the suggestion! If anyone else wants to know about an announced but never published comic book, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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