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Marvel relaunches Amazing Spider-Man as the milestone 900-issue mark nears

Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover
Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

As Newsarama speculated when it was first teased, the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man run drawn by the returning John Romita Jr. has now been confirmed to be a relaunch of the long-running Marvel Comics series. 

Yes, that means a new Amazing Spider-Man #1.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover (Image credit: John Romita Jr. (Marvel Comics))

And we also now know who's writing it (and Spider-Man fans will know the name).

Zeb Wells be the new lead writer of the Amazing Spider-Man title beginning with April 6's Amazing Spider-Man #1, joining Romita, inker Scott Hanna, and colorist Marcio Menyz.

"I've waited my entire career to work with John Romita Jr.," Wells says in the Amazing Spider-Man #1 announcement. "To team up with him on Amazing Spider-Man for the character's 60th anniversary is so exciting words can't describe it. We're gonna have a blast!"

'What Did Peter Do?' Amazing Spider-Man teaser (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

According to Marvel, the initial story of this relaunched Amazing Spider-Man center around the question teased on January 12 - 'What did Peter Do?', which featured art (see below) inferring that Spider-Man was somehow responsible for something very bad. Whatever it is, the publisher says that it'll result in Spider-Man being given the cold shoulder by the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and even his bedrock, Aunt May.

The informal motto of Spider-Man has always been 'A great power must be accompanied by — a great responsibility!', and it's a lesson Peter Parker has been shown to learn (and re-learn) over the decades. This teased story seems like it could be revisiting that once again - dealing with an apparent mistake Peter Parker made, but also the story of him overcoming it.

Classic Spider-Man villains Doctor Octopus, Master Planner, and Tombstone will be Peter's first three adversaries in this brand new era we'll unofficially call the 'Amazing' era (until Marvel comes up with a better idea). 

"Spider-Man doesn't turn sixty every year," says Spider-Editor Nick Lowe, "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!"

Check out this preview of the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #1:

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2022)

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 preview

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2022)

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 preview

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2022)

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 preview

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2022)

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 preview

Both Wells and Romita have had multiple runs on the Amazing Spider-Man title in the past, with the latter being considered one of the best Spider-Man artists of all time. In the Amazing Spider-Man #1 announcement, Marvel says John Romita Jr. was lured back from DC after a six-year exclusive with the promise of getting to draw Amazing Spider-Man again. 

"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!" says Romita, whose father - John Romita Sr. - also drew Amazing Spider-Man. "We talked Spider-Man on long drives to family get-togethers, and it was as if we had an extra family member!

"Marvel has allowed me to get back to work on this amazing character, and work with another brilliant writer, Zeb Wells!" Romita continues. "The stories are stunning and I am reading the scripts with a grin and wonderment… then wondering how the heck to do them justice!!"

For those keeping track, this 2022 relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man would be the sixth time the series has been relaunched since 1963 - making this Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 7) #1. Using Marvel's legacy math, the sixth issue of this new relaunch could also double as the 900th issue of Amazing Spider-Man (which Marvel will almost certainly make a big deal of!)

Romita has drawn the primary cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1, and will be joined by variant covers from Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau, Peach Momoko, InHyuk Lee, Travis Charest, Humberto Ramos, Mark Bagley and John Romita Sr. (a 'Hidden Gem' variant), Romina Jones, Jim Cheung, Russell Dauterman, Skottie Young, Bengal, Patrick Gleason, Rose Besch (two versions), and more. Here are the ones released so far:

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant covers

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant covers

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant covers

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant covers

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant covers

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant covers

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover

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And for those thinking about Marvel's 'legacy math,' this new Amazing Spider-Man #1 will doubkle as #895, meaning by Amazing Spider-Man #6 they can also celebrate 900 issues of the book.  And you know how much publishers like to celebrate big round numbers like that.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 goes on sale on April 6.

Make sure you've read the best Spider-Man stories of all time. 

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)