'Amazing Spider-Man' doubles sales in less than one year

Mon, January 14th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

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!

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