We already knew that “The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” was coming back with a new number one written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Ryan Stegman, as part of the latest round of Marvel NOW! titles, but today the publisher surprised and delighted fans by revealing a top secret variant cover penciled by the legendary John Romita Sr.
Volume One of “Renew Your Vows” was part of Marvel’s 2015 “Secret Wars” event and featured the Battleworld (Earth-15513) versions of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, who remain married and are raising their daughter, Annie, against the usual background of supervillainy and heroic exploits. It was written by Dan Slott and penciled by Adam Kubert.
The variant cover is obviously not new, considering the 86 year-old Romita Sr. is no longer active in comics -- but similar to the recently revealed Venom #1 variant, which revisits a vintage Todd McFarlane piece, it is a reworking of the classic cover to the 1987 “Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21,” in which this universe’s Peter and Mary Jane tied the knot.
If you recall that story, the young Bugle photographer gets the pre-nuptial jitters and wonders whether he can provide for his glamorous fiancée, and spends the night dreaming that his enemies are attacking his bride and that he is unable to help. Mary Jane is equally nervous, and even though they both show up late for their wedding, the couple ends up married.
Volume Two of “The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” picks up where the five-issue series left off, and hits the shelves November 2.