News : 2002 : Spidey Special Update

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For those not paying attention there is a lot of top quality Spidey limited series comics coming your way in the next month or two. So, we've collected the solicitations so you can be sure not to miss out. Here they are!

Due out April 17th
SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE Cover By Photo Cover,Stan Lee-Alan Davis
THE SCOOP: It's the official comic book adaptation of the wall-crawler's blockbuster movie - by Stan Lee and Alan Davis!
THE STORY: On May 3rd, the world will go for the ultimate spin as the big-budget Spider-Man motion picture explodes across movie screens! And now you can experience all the action, all the romance, all the humor, and all of the excitement in Marvel's official comic book adaptation! The origin of the wise-cracking wall-crawler! The debut of the grotesque Green Goblin! The blossuming romance of Peter Parker and Mary Jane! It's all here - and brought to you by one of the greatest creative teams of all time! After all, who could script the web-slinger's origin other than Stan "The Man" Lee? And when it comes to crisp storytelling and beautiful lines, Alan Davis is beyond compare!
THE FORMAT: This 48-page, bookshelf one-shot is printed on glossy stock paper and features a cardstock cover.

STARTLING STORIES: THE MEGALOMANIACAL SPIDER-MAN #1 Cover By Pete Bagge, Pete Bagge
THE SCOOP: Spidey's got a brand new Bagge! In this self-contained one-shot, indie legend Peter Bagge (Hate) offers his own unique spin on everyone's favorite web-spinner!
THE STORY: Shortly after he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him his strange powers, Peter Parker failed to stop a burglar fleeing from police. When that man went on to murder Peter's beloved Uncle Ben, Peter took it upon himself to atone for his sin of inaction - adopting a mantra instilled in him by his Uncle: "With great power must also come great responsibility." But what if Uncle Ben wasn't all he was cracked up to be? What if he was nothing more than a lout and a con artist? What road might Peter travel if his life had been guided by a different mantra: "Look out for number one"?
THE SET-UP: "Startling Stories" will force you to re-think Marvel characters you only think you know, asking questions that, let's face it, we've all asked.
THE FORMAT: 32 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper.

Due out May 8th:
SPIDER-MAN: BLUE #1 Cover By Tim Sale, Jeff Loeb-Tim Sale
THE SCOOP: The Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale take on the world-famous wall-crawler!
THE STORY: Take a bittersweet look at Peter Parker's college career, his first days on the job at the Daily Bugle, and his lethal battles with the Green Goblin! You saw the first five pages in Wizard #126, but now you can feast your eyes on Loeb & Sale's interpretations of Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy and more!
THE CREATORS: The Marvel Knights take a swing at Spider-Man as writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale -- the award-winning team that brought you DAREDEVIL: YELLOW -- deliver another modern classic!
THE WRITER SPEAKS: "The title's not blue like the color -- it's blue as in sad, as in jazz music, as blue in love," explained Loeb. "See, particularly at this time in his life, Peter had the best problem a guy could have. He had two beautiful girls in his life and he had to figure out which one was the right one.... (and) there will definitely be the villains of that period (included). I can promise Green Goblin. I also want to see Tim draw the Rhino. It wouldn't surprise me if Vulture and Kraven show up too."
THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this six-issue, monthly mini-series is 40 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper with a cardstock cover.

Due out May 15th:
SPIDER-MAN: QUALITY OF LIFE #1 Cover By Scott Sava, Greg Rucka-Scott Sava
THE SCOOP: The world-famous web-slinger faces off against his classic adversary, The Lizard, in a wide-screen action epic written by Greg Rucka (Queen and Country) and digitally illustrated by breakout sensation Scott Sava (The Lab)!
THE STORY: For every action, there is a reaction -- and no one knows this more than Dr. Curt Connors, whose attempts to better himself and the world around him transformed him -- literally -- into a deadly monster! Now Connors' past is once again catching up with him. When red tape, bureaucracy and the corrupt corporation blocks his attempts to help his cancer-stricken wife, Connors realizes for the first time that the monster inside him might have been right -- that perhaps mankind is a virus that's ravaging the planet! And that the only hope for curing Martha might be in unleashing the monster known as the Lizard! Which, in turn, sounds like a job for Spider-Man!
THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this four-issue monthly mini-series is 40 pages, with ads. Printed on glossy stock paper.

Due out May 22:
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL #1 Cover By Michael Golden, Brian Michael Bendis-Various
THE SCOOP: A once-in-a-lifetime line-up of all-star artists pay tribute to Spider-Man and his amazing friends!
THE STORY: In this special self-contained story, our young and naive Spider-Man questions his place in a complicated world of mutants and superhumans. After a couple of terrifying run-ins with the darker side of the world of super heroes, Peter Parker wonders whether it's time to hang up the webs!
THE CREATORS: Red-hot writer Brian Michael Bendis has pulled off the impossible! Just feast your eyes on who is drawing what! Elektra by Frank Cho! Dr. Strange by P. Craig Russell! Mary Jane by John Romita Sr.! Blade by Dan Brereton! The Fantastic Four by Dave Gibbons! Daredevil by Scott Morse! The Human Torch by Sean Phillips! Captain America by Mike Avon Oeming! The Ultimates by Michael Gaydos! Wolverine by David Mack! Plus, surprises by Zander Cannon, Ashley Wood, Jim Mahfood, Phil Jimenez, Jason Pearson, Matt Wagner, Barry Windsor-Smith and more! All this, and a cover by Michael Golden!
THE FORMAT: This 54-page one-shot is printed on glossy stock paper and features a cardstock cover.

AND June comics include:

  • SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT:THE EVIL THAT MEN DO #1 Cover By Terry & Rachel Dodson, Kevin Smith-Terry Dodson-Rachel Dodson.
  • SPIDER-MAN: GET KRAVEN #1 Cover By Joe Quesada, Ron Zimmerman-Al Rio -Sandu Florea.
  • SPIDER-MAN: SWEET CHARITY Cover By J. Scott Campbell & Tim Townsendtim Townsend, Ron Zimmerman-Darrick Robertson-Rodney Ramos.

*phew* There's whole lotta Spidey books out there! So, keep your eye out or you're likely to miss out!