A post from my old Marvel blog concerning the fact that this was the first skip week in the release schedule of teh three-times-per-month AMAZING SPIDER-MAN schedule.
Sad but true, there will be no issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN hitting your local comic shop’s shelves this week. And, admit it, you’ve kind of gotten used to having a new dose of Spidey every week, like it or hate it. Well, this is the one drawback with a Thrice-Monthly shipping schedule–there are going to be skip weeks along the way.
But this month, at least, we’ve got two special releases to help ease your withdrawal pains. First up is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SWING SHIFT DIRECTOR’S CUT. I know, I know, you all read this story when it was released for Free Comic Book Day this past summer. Ah, but in order to keep the ending of “One More Day” a secret for a couple more months, we had to make some alterations to the story before it saw print, in order to make it “timeless.” But now that OMD is in the past, we’ve restored the original lettering, and the story now smoothly slots into Spidey continuity some time shortly before AMAZING #546. Additionally, we’ve filled out the book with a number of other behind-the-scenes extras, including the Spider-Manifesto I wrote outlining the overall direction for the series as I saw it when I inherited the Spidey books from Axel.
But if it’s an all-new story you’re looking for, this week also sees the release of SPIDER-MAN: WITH GREAT POWER #1. Written by David Lapham and illustrated by Tony Harris, this Marvel Knights limited series is set during the earliest days of Spidey’s career–after he got his powers, but before Uncle Ben ran afoul of that burglar. It’s Spidey as you’ve seldom seen him before–self-centered, self-absorbed, and riding the fame-train towards an ironic future he could never see coming.
And next week, we’ll be back with another regularly-scheduled issue of AMAZING, featuring the collaboration of Marc Guggenheim and Salvador Larroca. And speaking of Marc, he’d dearly love for me to mention that his television series ELI STONE debuts this Thursday–so if you can’t wait till next week for more Spidey, maybe it’ll make for a temporary substitute. (And if you don’t like Marc’s writing, hey, what other new show are you gonna be able to watch?)
GOLDEN LOEB ballots continue to pour in–but keep ’em coming! If nothing else, it’s fun to watch everybody else in my office groan a bit as their e-mailboxes fill up with your selections.