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Spider-Man turns 60 with Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000 J. Scott Campbell variant cover
Amazing Fantasy #1000 J. Scott Campbell variant cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, this August, with a special oversized one-shot titled Amazing Fantasy #1000 which brings together a whole roster of high-profile creators to mark the milestone.

Amazing Fantasy #1000 cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Right off the bat, if you're asking how Amazing Fantasy got to #1000, well, it's really more of a figurative number meant to celebrate the anniversary, more than an actual 'Legacy' number - though maybe if you count the entire almost 900 issue run of Amazing Spider-Man alongside the relatively few issues of Amazing Fantasy that have been published over the decades, you might just get there. 

Either way, Marvel is marking the occasion with a murderer's row of talent taking on stories in the anthology one-shot. Returning writer Dan Slott, who has written more Spider-Man comics than pretty much anyone, will team up with artist Jim Cheung for a story about Peter Parker and Mary Jane's "enduring love", set in the far future.

Meanwhile, writer Neil Gaiman also returns to Marvel, while novelist Anthony Falcone makes his Marvel Comics debut alongside artist Michael Cho in a story that introduces a new villain.

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Amazing Fantasy #1000

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Amazing Fantasy #1000 J. Scott Campbell variant cover

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Likewise, Veep creator Armando Ianucci also makes his first foray into Marvel Comics for Amazing Fantasy #1000, alongside stories from veteran creators including Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Hickman, Ho Che Anderson, Rainbow Rowell, Olivier Coipel, Terry Dodson, and more.

"It's Spider-Man’s 60th and we wanted to celebrate in style by inviting some of the greatest creative minds in the world to celebrate it!" states editor Nick Lowe in the announcement.

Amazing Fantasy #1000 is due out in August, with a cover from John Romita, Jr. and variant covers (seen above here) by Peach Momoko and J. Scott Campbell, with more likely to be announced later. 

Campbell's will be one of a series of variant covers he'll illustrate (which will also be available for sale as 'Virgin' variants without trade dress) celebrating the anniversaries of iconic Marvel characters, many of which will turn 60 years old in 2022 and 2023.

"It's a thrill and an honor to create cover art celebrating the 60th anniversary of characters that have become so iconic and ingrained in our culture," Campbell says. "I really wanted to make images that would have a visual bridge from the pulpy 4 color origins of these monumental heroes to the modern-day slick coloring and production we are now all familiar with."

Stay tuned to Newsarama for Marvel's full August 2022 solicitations, coming later this month.

Keep up to date with all the new Spider-Man comics planned for release in 2022 and beyond with our handy listing.

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)