• Jake Wright

Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr are Launching a NEW 'Amazing Spider-Man' Volume

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man and Marvel are set to launch a new version of The Amazing Spider-Man with Zeb Wells (Hellions, New Mutants, The Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond) taking on the writing duties and comic book legend John Romita Jr (Daredevil, Uncanny X-Men, Eternals) returning to the role of artist on the comic after many years away from the title.

Marvel.com had this to tease about their newest volume of The Amazing Spider-Man:

"Arriving in April, Wells and Romita Jr.’s run will house all the classic elements fans love about Peter Parker, surprising new takes on your favourite Spider-Man foes, and the answer to the question that will be on everyone’s mind: WHAT DID SPIDER-MAN DO?
Peter’s on the outs with the FF. He’s on the outs with the Avengers. He’s even on the outs with Aunt May! After a terrible and mysterious incident, no one wants to see Spider-Man – except for Doctor Octopus. Ock’s on Spider-Man’s tail and the Master Planner has something truly terrible planned for when he gets his tentacles on Spidey. All that, and Tombstone makes a move that will remind readers why he’s one of Spider-Man’s most terrifying villains…”
The 60th anniversary of the Wallcrawler is a particularly special one as Spider-editor Nick Lowe said “Spider-Man doesn’t turn sixty every year, and we are going BIG with this run cramming it with the biggest WTF moments Spidey has ever had. Zeb and JRJR will go down in history as one of the best creative teams ever!”

(via: Marvel Entertainment)

With exciting times promised ahead of the new volume launch for the main Spider-Man title, artist John Romita Jr spoke to Marvel and discussed what it means to be back on the main Spider-Man title and what it means to him.

Romita Jr said:

“Ever since my father told my brother and me that Spider-Man/Peter Parker lived close to our home in Queens, NYC, we were hooked! We talked Spider Man on long drives to family get-togethers, and it was as if we had an extra family member!
“As luck would have it, my brother Vic had the brains and went in another direction, while I had a little bit of art in me. As luck would also have it, I was able to watch the greatest Spider-Man artist, my father, John, work with the greatest Spider Man writer, Stan Lee, on the greatest character of all time. Fortunately, after joining the comic book universe, I was given a chance to work on this great character, the Amazing Spider-Man. I was terrified! How do I follow my father??? How do I follow any of the previous Spidey artists?? I had no idea, but I stuck it out and got lucky. The subsequent runs were much less terrifying, and became more and more fun. There was one particular run that was incredibly fun, but also incredibly important to me. The 9/11 issue may well be with me for as long as I live. One commonality with all the runs, was working with the brilliant writers and artists….. again, luck!!
“To take being lucky to another level: Marvel has allowed me to get back to work on this amazing character, and work with another brilliant writer, Zeb Wells! The stories are stunning and I am reading the scripts with a grin and wonderment…..then wondering how the heck to do them justice!!
“Well, fortunately, I have a close friend and brilliant artist to help me do that. Scott Hanna and I have worked on this character before and Scott is still a brilliant artist who will continue to be brilliant, lucky for me and anyone who looks at the art. Adding to Scott and myself is the third artist, the colour artist, Marcio Menyz. It’s difficult to describe how wonderful his work is, so to save space and everyone’s patience, I’ll let it speak for itself! It’s stunning!!
“The editorial team beginning with Nick Lowe, adding in Lindsay Cohick, and Kaeden McGahey, make the work process smoother. Judging by the scope of Zeb’s stories, I can use all the help I can get!
“One commonality here, is how lucky I am to be back working on my ‘other’ brother, Spider-Man, and to be back with my professional ‘family,’ Marvel. Thanks folks, I’ll work hard to make you proud!”

To read the official announcement by Marvel, click here - https://www.marvel.com/articles/comics/zeb-wells-and-john-romita-jr-launch-a-new-volume-of-amazing-spider-man

The Spidey team have promised big things to come and Marvel fans can expect plenty more announcements surrounding the Web-slinger’s 60th anniversary.

Make sure you pick up Amazing Spider-Man #1 when it hits shelves in April of this year.