Ultimate Spiderman 200 comes out today
This is no small thing to me. This is everything to me.
This job is more than I could have ever hoped for when I sat in my room as a young boy dreaming about working at Marvel comics one day. Not only do I get to write Spider-man but I get to write Spider-man from day one and take it all the way through.
My collaborators and I get to make bold and emotional story choices that say more about us as people than we probably admit publicly.
At the very beginning, Mark Bagley and I were put together in what could only be described as a professional blind date. We did not know each other but by issue six we were quite fond of each other. Today I work with David Marquez who actually moved to Portland so we could work together… and the amazing Sarah Pichelli and I are about to start Spider-men 2.
Every single artist that has worked on this book has done career defining work and much of that will be celebrated in this issue today. They have given everything they have.
But they have a flashy job and you know their names. I want to single out and publicly thank long time letterer Chris Eliopolis and longtime colorist Justin Pozner for the years of amazing dedication. I truly believe that both of them have defined what people expect out of their mainstream comics.
To every single person who has worked on this book or has publicly championed this book… I thank you with everything I have.
Thank you to Bill Jemas for thinking of this book and for Joe Quesada for hiring me off of a black-and-white comic about Eliot Ness that was selling around 2000 copies.
I cannot be happier that our partners at comixology our running this amazing sale of the first 199 issues at the same time this double sized anniversary issue hits the stands.
There is a surprise at the end of the issue that will reveal itself more clearly in the first issue Miles Morales: ultimate Spider-man. not to oversell it but it would be lovely if you could go without spoiling it for others.
Back when I picked up the original Ultimate Spider-Man #1 I never would have guessed one day I’d not only be drawing the book with Brian Bendis, but have the honor of contributing to its 200th issue. This book has sincerely and literally changed my life. Thanks to Mark Paniccia and Brian for bringing me on board, to Sara and Mark (and Mark and Stuart and David) and all the other artists who brought Peter and Miles to life, and for setting such an incredible example to aspire to, and especially to Justin Ponsor, whose colors really make this book shine. And thanks to all of the readers and fans, for helping us keep the story going.
I hope everyone enjoys the issue and will join us for the next chapter of this amazing story with Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1, out in May.