Official Press Release
Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that acclaimed Capcom artist Shinkiro
will be contributing the cover to the January debut issue of their new
anthology series SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED! The renowned Japanese designer and illustrator
of many of Capcom's hit titles will be bringing his acclaimed skills to yet
another digital masterpiece that will grace the premiere issue of Spidey's
newest comics series.
"I am honored that an artist as revered and respected as Shinkiro has agreed
to illustrate the first cover for Spider-Man Unlimited #1," commented
Marvel's talent coordinator C.B. Cebulski. "I owe many thanks to our friends
at Capcom Co. Ltd. for making this happen. We could not be more pleased with
the beautiful cover that Shinkiro-san has so masterfully rendered.
"However, I would also like to express my sincere apologies to Shinkiro-san
and Capcom Co. Ltd. for a slight blunder on Marvel's part," Cebulski
continued. "When we solicited the book, we ran a pre-production image of the
cover that Shinkiro-san had not yet completed. While it was clearly labeled
"NOT FINISHED ART", this message was not imbedded in the image itself. This
incomplete image was then mistakenly released to the Internet community, but
it was not noted there that this was an unfinished piece. It was only after
the piece had gone out that we realized our mistake.
"I feel terrible about this," Cebulski explained. "We've done a great
disservice to Shinkiro, his art and his reputation by releasing a piece of
his unfinished art. Marvel is going to do everything in its power to correct
the mistake and see that the actual finished Spider-Man Unlimited #1 cover
is distributed through the proper channels and give it the exposure it so
rightfully deserves. Again, Marvel's apologies for this error go out to
Capcom Co., Ltd. and Shinkiro. We look forward to continuing our strong
relationship with them, as well as expanding it to get other Capcom artists
working on Marvel comics."
The 32-page SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #1 - the debut issue of a new, bimonthly
ongoing series - goes on sale 1/7/04 with a cover price of $2.99. Retailers
are reminded its Final Order Cut-off [FOC] date is Thursday, 12/18. Readers,
ask your local comic book retailer to reserve your copy!