The Spider Weaves his Web at Dynamite

Thu, August 18th, 2011 at 7:58am PDT | Updated: August 18th, 2011 at 1:08pm

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release.

Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of another classic character, The Spider!  The Spider will be written by acclaimed comics writer and novelist (Man Without Fear: Black Panther/The Ethical Assassin), David Liss!

"Pulp fiction is full of big characters, but few come bigger than the Spider - a rugged, daring, self-sacrificing character who would take any risk to face down enemies of New York and the nation," says writer David Liss.  "And what enemies they were.  The villains that filled the pages of the Spider killed thousands, destroyed whole portions of the city, infected people by the hundreds, released vermin, hypnotized, zombified and otherwise transformed anyone who came into their path.  Partly it's the sheer scale of the Spider's world that makes him so compelling, but it is also his own quiet, determined dignity in the face of villainous bombast, his rock-steady sanity as he confronts an insane world.  So when the chance came along to take this historically important character - one of the most significant sources of the early comic book superheroes, especially Batman - and bring him into the modern world, I couldn't resist.  The Spider is firmly rooted in the Depression era, but he also has qualities that seem timeless, in no small part because those qualities have influenced so many characters that have come after him.  This is the kind of character who inhabits stories that are both archetypal and inspiring as well as full throttle fun."

The Spider cover artist and character designer Alex Ross says, "I always found it fascinating that there was a spider-based hero in the pulp era of the '40s who first wore a webbed cape and mask in the movie serials."

"Dynamite plans to give The Spider the same quality care that we have given to all of our properties.  With David (Liss) being the incredible writer he is, and Alex bringing The Spider showcasing a look reflective of his early days, with covers by Alex (Ross), John Cassaday, and additional high profile artists, this is going to be a great read, with incredible art and visuals by Colton Worley," says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  "Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding The Spider!"

The Spider was created by Harry Steeger at Popular Publications in 1933.  He fought crime by donning a black fedora, a black cape, a trademark ring and a brace of .45 automatics to terrorize the criminal underworld, while driving in his sleek black specially outfitted Daimler.

The Spider novels were mainly written by Norvell W. Page, who filled them with danger, impending doom, fantastic villains, and great action!

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ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including PROJECT SUPERPOWERS - which debuted at #4 in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

Dynamite also controls and owns multiple library's, including but not limited to the Vampirella library of casts and characters, The Superpowers library of characters, The Kirby: Genesis world of characters, and the Chaos! Comics universe of characters.

TAGS:  dynamite entertainment, th spider, david liss, alex ross

 
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