COMICS: Marvel Reveals Ed McGuinness' Variant Cover For AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

Marvel have unveiled Ed McGuinness' (Amazing X-Men) variant cover for Dan Slott (Silver Surfer) and Humberto Ramos' (Superior Spider-Man) Amazing Spider-Man #1, and while it's pretty simple, it serves as a great reminder that the one true Spidey is set to return...

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By Josh Wilding - 3/23/2014
The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. Same Parker Luck, new Parker attitude. Putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back into “super hero,” and the “amazing” back into “Spider-Man!” Also returning: The recharged and reenergized ELECTRO!


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

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Realgarcia - 3/23/2014, 4:39 AM
It's ok
Steelheart - 3/23/2014, 4:46 AM
that's a nice variant
rebellion - 3/23/2014, 4:51 AM
basic
SCURVYDOG619 - 3/23/2014, 4:54 AM
McFarlane webs..Nice touch...
stoptheworld - 3/23/2014, 4:58 AM
Why are they copying movie suit now?! D:
BlanketMan - 3/23/2014, 5:07 AM
Wow, a decent artist drawing Spider-Man? What's gotten into Marvel?
GetsugaTensho22 - 3/23/2014, 5:11 AM
Steve Ditko style!! Oh yea! :D
Odin - 3/23/2014, 5:13 AM
Now that's what Spiderman should look like.
BlackestKnight - 3/23/2014, 5:16 AM
generic but good
SuperSomething616 - 3/23/2014, 5:20 AM
I'm looking forward to Pete's return...however would be cool if he kept some of the stuff Octavius invented...like the lenses and improved web shooters (doesn't have to be over the costume) just saying...

I got a feeling Miguel O'Hara may have something to do with Pete's returns...ya know using 2099 tech...
sameoldthing - 3/23/2014, 5:44 AM
The best is BACK!
MrNiklander - 3/23/2014, 6:27 AM
@SpiderAL where is that avi from?!It looks awesome
MrNiklander - 3/23/2014, 6:27 AM
And the art looks good simple nothing over the top
Mastyrwerk - 3/23/2014, 6:35 AM
Yay! Think I'll start reading Spider-Man again.
Sephiroth - 3/23/2014, 6:45 AM
@Mastyrwerk same here
ckal - 3/23/2014, 6:51 AM
Ed McGuinness has certainly changed his style (or when he wants to) since he first started on Deadpool.
ckal - 3/23/2014, 6:54 AM
"Also returning: The recharged and reenergized ELECTRO!"

How much you want to bet he will be a black guy made of blue electricity?


=/
Steelheart - 3/23/2014, 6:54 AM
@niklander
it's from Marvel Heroes Opening
MrNiklander - 3/23/2014, 6:55 AM
@SpiderAL thanks man
MercwithMouth - 3/23/2014, 6:56 AM
Looks good, simple, and the MacFarlane style is evident.
Spock0Clock - 3/23/2014, 7:05 AM
Hey look... it's Spider-Man.

I know everyone loves the classic Ditko design and 90% of Spidey is some minor variation on it, but... I'd like to see something else occasionally (that isn't completely hideous or a black suit gimmick).
PunPun - 3/23/2014, 7:11 AM
I like spid man
WombRaider - 3/23/2014, 7:44 AM
dan slott needs to [frick] off. he used to be good but he's gone really down hill. give us a new writer
Dunejedi - 3/23/2014, 8:41 AM
It's a shame that the beauty of that image will be marred with Dan Slott's name.
Makiveli21 - 3/23/2014, 9:22 AM
Im guessing you slott haters havent actually read superior spiderman? Its fantastic on so many levels. Long live slott!
KeefNCookies - 3/23/2014, 10:23 AM
@Makiveli
Read it. I understand and appreciate what they're doing to set up more writing opportunities for the future, but could NEVER call it good writing or enjoyable.

So good to see the original, however with Ock still in body and the very likely forced stuffing of ASM2 designs into the pages, I'm not holding my breath. Been disappointed too many times by the current creative direction at Marvel the past few years.

Thank goodness for weekly previews...
KeefNCookies - 3/23/2014, 10:26 AM
@ckal
Exactly my thoughts on your second point.
Dunejedi - 3/23/2014, 10:30 AM
@Makiveli, speaking for myself, you'd be wrong. I'm a 'Slott Hater' BECAUSE I've read his work. And I don't actually hate him, I just think he doesn't really understand the characters he writes. Anyone who thinks Otto Octavious would make a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker just has a poor understanding of both characters. And to *some* of us, the whole business is insulting to our intelleligence. The Superior Spider-Man is a hoodwink and if you want to praise the guy who fleeced you, more power to you. But as a great man once said, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility". Of course Slott had the power to do what he did, but he also had a responsibility to the character and his fans which IMO he completely failed. Don't forget that Slott INVITED this scorn when he gleefully trolled 50 yrs. worth of Spider-man fans while hyping this book.

If you enjoy Superior Spider-Man, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But just to be PERFECTLY CLEAR: What you like isn't a Spider-Man comic. It's a Dr. Octopus comic.
KeefNCookies - 3/23/2014, 10:48 AM
^ Pretty much
Dunejedi - 3/23/2014, 11:35 AM
@SpiderAl, that's a great short. Why can't Marvel Animation do FILMS like that?!? With the exception of Hulk Vs. Wolverine, that 4 minutes is better than all their animated stuff combined.

And don't even get me started on Doom. He's 10x more menacing just silently glaring at Uatu than he was in two films worth of screen time by Fox. Will I ever see ^this^ Dr. Doom on the big screen? Woe is me.
DarthBatman - 3/23/2014, 12:05 PM
Very Basic
DrDoom - 3/23/2014, 12:19 PM
There's Spidey . . . . not shitty Garfield.
ManDeth - 3/23/2014, 12:35 PM
The quality of Slott's Spider-Ock story is subjective to personal opinion. You can like it or not.
But what is not arguable is that Slott took a very minor story idea suited for a 2 part comic or an annual and stretched it out into over 2 years of comics.
It was pure laziness on Slott's part and a waste of 2 years of Spider-Man as a Marvel Comics property.
"Spider-Ock" was a simple mind switch story. And to show you how real writers handle a mind switch story between hero and villain look to Smallville's Transference. Same story with a balanced beginning, middle and end. And Smallville's next episode moved on to another story.
But cut to Slott and his Spider-Ock story you get a beginning, 2 years of middle and an end.
What that accomplished for Slott was he didn't have to move on and write more stories. He had over 2 years to think up another plot while he milked Spider-Ock.
And I'm sure he'll soon find another plot to ride and lazily milk for years so he doesn't have to actually create new plots several times a year.

Look at it this way; Over the past 2 1/2 years many TV shows have had around 50 different plots on their show. Arrow has had 39 episodes and a 2 parter so that's 38 stories mixed into an ongoing saga.
And during the 2 years Slott was plodding along with endless replays of Ock pretending to be Spider-Man, AMC's Walking Dead has introduced the Governor and Woodbury, brought back Merle, created conflict between the Governor and Rick's gang, introduced the prison, killed meaningful characters like Lori and Herschel and introduced new characters like Michonne , Tyreese, Beth. And they've developed Rick, Carol, Daryl and even found time to tell a lengthy story with Lizzie.
Let's cut back to Slott and 'Yaaay!' he's wrapping up his plot from over 2 years ago.


Nivekian - 3/23/2014, 1:21 PM
i would not reference Smallville in any guise of discussing "Good Plotting". It took them 10 years to get to Superman, and didn't get it right 4/5ths of the time. Personally, I'll check out the "Spider ock" trades soon enough.
dethpillow - 3/23/2014, 8:09 PM
@BlanketMan - my god. this is a variant cover. it's a person drawing an alternative cover. artist on this actual issue is... Humberto Ramos. who's been one of the revolving artists doing Superior. this is a variant cover.

@Mandeth - how is it not arguable? this whole only 2 issue, look at Smallville and Walking Dead?

so what you're saying, u think is so ironclad true that no one could argue that Superior was a 2 issue idea, and as evidence your saying that Smallville did a mind switch story in one episode and that Walking Dead did things you thought were more interesting?

cuz that's such a great argument right? what are you talking about?
dethpillow - 3/23/2014, 8:21 PM
wow, i'm thinking more about this, and it's amazing...

you put up a trailer of the Smallville episode.. why? so that's proof that Superior could've been told in 2 issues? or what? what are u talking about?
this has to be one of the stupidest ways i've ever seen anyone attack this book.

why not just say it sucks? why not just say what you first said, that it should've been a 2 issue story, why did it have to go for 2 years?

but no... it's unarguable, you claim, and you bring up two completely, absolutely pointless examples of things to back you up. a mind swap story happening in Smallville, which you've kindly enough shown evidence that yes, it indeed exists... and saying a bunch of stuff that happened on another show during the same amount of time, i guess. why does that make sense to you? i want to know why you actually think like this, please tell me.
dethpillow - 3/23/2014, 8:28 PM
i mean it took 121 issues for Gwen Stacy to die.

i mean come one, couldn't they do that any faster???
smh. they're just milking it with that. sure it took em like 30 issues for her to show up in the first place. but even 90 issues... ridiculous.

so, ManDeath, worse things have happened.
ManDeth - 3/23/2014, 8:42 PM
@dethpillow A mind switch is a very simple idea. And real writers will say the mind switch is one of those lame ideas TV shows use when they have run out of ideas.
Star Treks lame ass last episode was a mind switch. Gilligan's Island went there. Some really bad movies have used it. It's a shit idea that should be in only an issue or so of a comic, only if the writer sucks.

Smallville used the idea and it's probably where Slott got his from. Lionel gets Clark's body and powers while Clark is trapped in Lionel's dying body. They told the story in one episode. That's all it took. Now they could've been lazy and said let's drag this out for a month or like Slott; 2 years. But the story would be only longer, not better. And their main accomplishment would be to hide from creating more plot ideas.

And my examples do make a great point, you are just so desperate to defend some hack and his shit story you are dancing around it: real writers have created 30-50 plots or stories in the last 2.5 years. While Slott/hack has been milking his mindswitch the whole time.
I'm comparing real writers to Slott. People who are not hiding behind a mind switch story for over 2 years.

If you like Slott's mindswitch story, then I understand why you can't grasp my example. I did a flyby.

Let me slow down and give you a...simpler example.

Stan Lee writing Spider-Man. Stan had real talent. You can read his run on Spider-Man and find that Stan did,'t stretch out simple ideas for 2 years. Stan challenged himself. Stan managed to tell stories with monthly plots and longer subplots. I'm sure somewhere Stan used a mindswitch idea. But being that he was a real writer he didn't take a piss poor idea and milk it for 2 years.

But hey, if you like shit writing from a talentless hack like Slott then have at it. Every turd has it's fly/fan.
dethpillow - 3/23/2014, 9:13 PM
@ManDeth - no it still doesn't make any sense... it's not just the concept of a mind swap that makes the run any good.

(and while i'm saying all this, i think it's fine to hate Slott, and it's fine to think that Superior has been a terrible run. what i argue about is when people say stuff that makes no sense in backing that up, instead of even just saying, "i think it sucks" which to me is like 5000 times more valid than all this Smallville nonsense, and i guess Walking Dead is the other example, but pretty much anything in the world, including Superior Spider-Man itself has done more in 2 years than a mind swap story. So i don't get Walking Dead at all, what does that mean, anyways...)

if that was the whole thing, was look... Otto has swapped minds with Peter, what's gonna happen, what did he learn, what changed, then it could've been done in 2 issues or 5 issues or 1 issue. but the whole premise is not really "a story". that's not what it is, it's a change to the character, to the situation and then there are stories to tell within that.

and that's really what's obvious. it's not a "mind swap story". maybe you see it as being it's one and major premise. but bunch of things have been going on. you can say... yeah bunch of stupid things. fine, but how can you really pretend that nothing has been happening? nothing has been happening to Peter Parker, not much has been happeneing with him. but even then... to have a change for a certain amount of real time, makes it more like an actual change than if it happens for one issue.

like you can go... remember that time that Thing disappeared into the 5th dimension? and then he popped back out cuz fake thing and reed found him. and that was like an issue. he popped into dimension, he got saved. whatever. but then if Thing disappeared for 2 years, came back with a beard, and said all this shit had happened to him, and that now he was gay, and then he also didn't look like rocks. then you'd say... woah. that's crazy look at where Thing's been for the last two years. or like what if it was 20 years? what if Thing was gone for 20 of our years, then it'd be even longer. and people would be like.. oh shit! Thing's back, the last time i saw Thing I was 7 years old. u know? so that's partly why doing a 2 issue thing that happens can be different than a 2 year or 20 year thing that happens.

also, it gives more time to dig around in the whole thing. which i don't think needed much digging around in, so i don't wanna use that as a big example, cuz it's not really about any kind of "meaning" it's just about the situation and good writing telling stories around it. so it's totally arbitrary... 2 issues, 10 issues, 31 issues, 100 issues... whatever, it's an arbitrary change in situation, it's not a "story". at a certain point, everyone's gonna be sick of it, and at different points people are gonna say... geez, just bring Peter back, ok? cuz nobody really thinks that Peter was ever dead. at all. nobody thinks that. so it's just an arbitrary amount of time to use this situation and do different things until it's arbitrarily decided to be over.

it doesn't have anything to do with Smallville and like someone else said... that took like 9 or 10 years for Clark Kent to put on his costume, right? i'm not sure, cuz i would rather die than ever have to watch any ridiculous crap like that, but how is that any example of what you're saying? you'd think that'd be actually the opposite... like an even worse offender, right?

cuz that's your argument is that it's just simply too much time to spend on a mind swap story. your argument wasn't that Dan Slott sucked. that he's a bad writer, except in the sense that only bad writers don't know that mind swaps are only good for 1 episode or 2 issues at most.

just [frick]ing say he's a terrible writer, that it's shit writing, and that you think everyone who likes it is a turd. see? all that stuff is fine. but your comment was totally ridiculous. even this is not ridiculous, watch, i'll say it again...

"Dan Slott sucks, Superior Spider-Man was a 2 issue story, dragged out to 2 years, i hate it. everyone who likes it is stupid."

haha, ok? that's something that i disagree with, and i think it's kinda a dumb thing to say, but even that is 500 times more sensible than all this junk about things being inarguable becuz of mind swap stories are clearly only good for 2 issues and look how much else that Walking Dead got done....

u see what i mean? that's why what you're saying had to countered. cuz it was too stupid just to sit there.

inarguable
mind swap stories can only be good for 1 episode, 2 issues (and now for some reason, bizarrely claiming that he probably got the idea from Smallville in the first place. who knows? maybe true, maybe not, what does it matter? and it's strange to think it probably happened like that.)
Walking Dead did more in 2 years than a mind swap story.

those are the 3 things i'm talking about.
dethpillow - 3/23/2014, 9:19 PM
it's almost like a costume. what if DareDevil's costume changed for 2 years?

and then you hated it, thought it looked ridiculous and lame.

but then you said... why did it take 2 whole years for them to change the costume back, some stories, a hero changes their costume and changes it back same issue.

ok? this is simple. that argument doesn't make sense as an argument, it makes sense as an way of saying how much you hated it.

but it doesn't make anything inarguable becuz one comic did a costume change within a single issue.

that's what the problem is. right there. what you're saying is not even anything resembling an "argument" it's just purely dumb and doesn't make any sense in what you pretend to be talking about.

it's the Smallville reference + the statement that it's not arguable. that's what the problem is.
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