Following news of an expanded partnership with Marvel for its Artist's Edition line, IDW Publishing has announced it will release deluxe hardcover editions of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip through its Library of American Comics imprint.
The strip debuted in January 1977 with a storyline by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. that pitted wall-crawler against Doctor Doom, and it's continued daily ever since. For much of its run, the comic has been produced by Larry Lieber, who was joined in more recent years by Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk and Joe Sinnott.
While the serial has featured many familiar friends and foes -- from Mary Watson and J. Jonah Jameson to Kraven the Hunter and Doctor Octopus -- it's seldom followed comic-book continuity. However, the two realities intersected in 1987 with the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane, and again in early 2009, when their marriage was magically dissolved, a la "Brand New Day." But unlike the comic books, the status quo was quickly returned in response to reader outcry.
The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1, will be released early next year.