It’s amazing how the time flies. Or…swings, rather. The monthly comic book Amazing Spider-Man will reach its 800th issue next month, the first Marvel comic to do so.
As Marvel announced earlier this year, Dan Slott’s epic 10-year run on Amazing Spider-Man is nearing its end with the “Go Down Swinging” arc, and the comics publishing giant promises that Amazing Spider-Man #800 will be appropriately huge.
Slott and artist Stuart Immonen will unveil what’s being touted as “the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time,” joined by creative team Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Cheung. Amazing Spider-Man #800 will feature 80 pages of new story from Slott, who has written more issues of Amazing Spider-Man than any creator.
Now, Slott’s time on Amazing Spider-Man actually concludes in issue 801 before he moves over to Iron Man. But before taking on Tony Stark, Slott’s “Go Down Swinging” story is designed to give Spidey fans one of the most exciting stories in Spider-Man lore, culminating with Peter Parker facing his most evil villain yet.
Following Slott’s tenure on the book, writer Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) and artist Ryan Ottley (Invincible) will take over the title, beginning with Amazing Spider-Man #1, available on July 11.
Granted, this isn’t quite the milestone that Action Comics is about to hit with its 1,000th issue coming out on April 18, but come on —Supes had a 23-year head start on Spidey. This is still huge, and that big blue boy scout is not going to rain on Spider-Man’s – or Marvel’s – parade.
Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Shortly thereafter, our friendly neighborhood webslinger got his own solo series, Amazing Spider-Man, in March 1963.
Amazing Spider-Man #800 hits stores May 30. You can pre-order it here.