Official Press Release
Comic book fans know that Spider-Man is the original underdog, famous for
triumphing over unbeatable odds and overwhelming threats. But could he
overcome his own fans' apathy? That's exactly what the web-slinger faced at
the beginning of 2001, as readers continued to flee from Spidey's friendly
neighborhood in record numbers. But in less than one year, the wall-walker
has rebounded, leaping to the top of the charts, with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN,
his flagship title by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita, Jr, now once
again regularly topping 100,000 units in sales. In fact, not only has the
title been selling over 100,000 units since issue #36 (the historic World
Trade Center story), but sales have actually doubled since May of 2001.
"The team of JMS and JR JR have proven to be more than cool initials,
they've proven to be the best storytelling team in comics today," said
Editor In Chief Joe Quesada. "I have been calling Johnny Romita Jr. 'The
World's Greatest Comic Artist' since the day I started at Marvel, over three
years ago. But now teamed with Joe, the two are reaching unequaled heights
and readers are rewarding them by returning to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in droves!
What Joe and John have done is nothing short of miraculous in such a short
period of time, and I'm as proud as can be to have them both in the Marvel
"I'm thrilled by the numbers of course, but I think that JMS and JR are just
beginning to build the audience for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN," stated Sr. Editor
Axel Alonso. "So far, readers have only seen this team's opening salvo. The
best is yet to come."
Those who have yet to experience the AMAZING renaissance can go to
Marvel.com and read the Marvel dotComics of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 and #31
right now -- for free! Those hungering for web-slinging action on the
printed page can find the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: COMING HOME trade paperback --
containing the first six issues by Straczynski and Romita, Jr. -- as well as
monthly issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN at their local comics shop!