5:24pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Announces Teenage 'Spidey' Comic Book Series
When the next cinematic Spider-Man debuts, he'll be a teenage kid juggling high school and superheroics — some distance away from the globe-trotting adult Peter Parker who'll be seen in the pages of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man comic book. The solution? A newly announced comic series set in Parker's teenaged past, called, simply, Spidey.
The new series will be written by Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson, with art by Wolverine and the X-Men artist Nick Bradshaw, and take place at the very start of Parker's crime-fighting career. "I think the book is actually best summed up in the tagline Marvel created for it: Before he was Amazing … he was Spidey," Thompson told ComicBook.com. "For me, that’s been a huge appeal of working on the book — getting to go back to the high school years and shine a light on the early days of Peter Parker’s journey to becoming Spider-Man and doing it in an old-school fashion — single issues, each one telling their own story."
The series is just the latest attempt by Marvel to return to the era of high school Spider-Man. Earlier attempts have included the Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man series, as well as Ultimate Spider-Man and Untold Tales of Spider-Man.
"This is a chance to go back to that vibe and energy and see Peter struggle to fit in at school, while trying to make a name for himself as a hero," Thompson said. "There are complex and personal stories still left to be found in those years, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team bringing them to the page."
Spidey launches this fall as part of Marvel's "All-New, All-Different Marvel" publishing initiative.