Peter Parker hasn't been a nerdy high school kid fresh off a radioactive spider bite in quite some time, but many fans still prefer Parker's high school-era persona, whether they fell in love with it during the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko Spider-Man run or the extended reboot that was Ultimate Spider-Man. Many fans rejoiced when Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced their plans to keep Parker in high school for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, and they rejoiced again when the studios actually cast a teenage actor in the role. For some comic-book fans, you just can't beat the Peter Parker who has to deal with high school drama and superhero hijinks simultaneously. For those fans, Marvel Comics just dropped some big news.
The publisher announced this week that its "All-New, All-Different" Marvel initiative, launching in the wake of Secret Wars this fall, will feature Spidey, an ongoing series from writer Robbie Thompson (Silk) and artist Nick Bradshaw (Guardians of the Galaxy) that will tell new stories from Peter Parker's earliest days as Spider-Man.
“Everyone remembers their FIRST Spider-Man comic,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in the announcement. “SPIDEY aims to be perfect as someone’s first Spider-Man comic, or their one thousandth. We’re not looking to re-tell stories here. What Robbie [Thompson] and Nick [Bradshaw] have put together is an exciting new take on Spider-Man at his arguably most iconic incarnation, and will feel fresh to new and old fans alike.”
The new stories are billed as in-continuity tales that will bring classic and new characters together to flesh out Peter Parker's high school days as Spider-Man. We don't know exactly how the "in-continuity" part will work yet, but editor Nick Lowe hinted that Thompson and Bradshaw will simply be weaving their stories into the established history laid out by Lee and Ditko.
“Out of the 700+ issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker was only in high school for thirty issues," Lowe said. "Stan and Steve covered a lot, but there’s a lot of the high school and early super hero experience still on the table.”
So, if high school Peter Parker is your favorite Peter Parker, it sounds like you'll have a new book to add to the pull list. Spidey arrives this fall. Check out a cover and two pages of preview art by Bradshaw in the gallery below.