Media Release — Marvel has given their solicitations for December over to CBR and they’ve hidden a surprise in there for Spider-Man fans that they might not take so well.
The Amazing Spider-Man will be ending with its 700th issue this December. The comic will be 104 pages, written by Dan Slott with art by Humberto Ramos. There will also be five variant covers for the comic – a 50th Anniversary varient, Wraparound cover, Olivier Coipel Cover, and a Joe Quesada coverThere’s no official word from Marvel, but this puts the comic on the path to be rebooted for their Marvel NOW! initiative.
Any webhead knows that Spider-Man first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15. But that issue’s iconic cover wasn’t drawn by interior artist Steve Ditko; Jack Kirby provided the pencils while Ditko did the inks. What fewer people know is that Ditko did create a cover for Amazing Fantasy #15, and now it’s finally seeing the light of day as the cover for Amazing Spider-Man #700.
Marvel is billing this as the last issue of the series, and they’re relaunching Spidey with some major changes next year (rumor has it that he’ll be the new bearer of Doctor Octopus’ tentacles, which is horrible and will be undone after about 16 issues), and to commemorate they’ve dug this cover out of the dumpster and repurposed it. It’s one of the variant covers, anyway – Marvel’s back in the variant cover business, having about 40 covers for Uncanny Avengers #1.
In the incredibly unlikely case that this is the last ever Amazing Spider-Man (they’ll just change the title over and pick up numbering, so if the new title, Superior Spider-Man, runs 16 issues, they’ll pick up with Amazing #717), this is a fitting capstone. Source: Newsarama