With "Howard the Duck" now concluded, Chip Zdarsky has set his sights on another icon for his next Marvel Comics series. The writer will team with artist Adam Kubert to relaunch "Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man" as a new ongoing title.
The series kicks off with a special one-shot released as part of Marvel Comics' Free Comic Book Day offerings for 2017, leading to the book's official launch as a monthly ongoing series in June.
"[W]e’re using the same Spider-Man in-continuity but shifting the spotlight back to his NYC environment and supporting cast," Zdarsky told EW of the new title's approach to the character. "But even though we’re pushing to make it a more personal book, we’re still going to have big adventures with ramifications that’ll be felt in his other books. If I had, like, a true mission statement for the title though, it would be: “Have fun, have heart, have stakes.” My personal mission statement going into the book is 'With great power comes something something I don’t know I’ve never had power before.'"
"He’s misunderstood and underestimated, either as Pete or Spider-Man,"Zdarsky added. "He’s the mascot for New York City, and, like a sports mascot, that means he’s beloved by children and endured by adults. He’s the only street-level superhero who could beat a herald of Galactus in a fight. He feels things stronger than any other hero and covers that up with jokes. He’s Spider-Man!"
The first series to be published under the "Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man" title was a black-and-white magazine that debuted from Marvel in 1968. Though the series did not last long -- it lasted a mere two issues -- the title was soon resurrected in 1976 as a standard full-color comic. This incarnation, which dropped the "Peter Parker" from its name in 1988, ran until 1998 for a total of 264 issues. A third "Spectacular Spider-Man" series, which never included "Pter Parker" in the title, arrived in 2003 and ran for 27 issues.
"Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man," written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Adam Kubert, arrives May 6, 2017 as a Free Comic Book Day one-shot; the ongoing series officially kicks off in April with a new #1.