Superpowers notwithstanding, Spider-Man has always been one of Marvel’s most relatable heroes. But the fact that he hasn’t matured past his mid-twenties in over 50 years is admittedly hard to identify with. What would happen if Peter Parker aged in real time just like the rest of us? Via Newsarama, a new comic book miniseries will try to answer this question beginning in March 2019.
Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley are the creative team behind Spider-Man: Life Story. Each of the planned six issues will be set against the backdrop of a different decade. The first installment takes place in 1966 and finds Peter wrestling with the concepts of power and responsibility as they relate to the ongoing war in Vietnam.
Zdarsky recently completed a stint on Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man and he’ll relaunch Daredevil in February with artist Marco Checchetto. Bagley has been working on Spider-Man titles for more than three decades. He drew The Amazing Spider-Man from 1991-1996 and co-created the symbiotic villain Carnage with writer David Michelinie. Years later, he and Brian Michael Bendis helped launch Marvel’s Ultimate Universe with Ultimate Spider-Man. After working together on 111 consecutive issues of this series, Bendis and Bagley surpassed Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four run as the longest-running creative team for a Marvel title.
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“I guess I’m just not done with Spidey!” said Zdarsky in a statement. “This is an idea I’ve had since I first started working for Marvel, something that explores the characters and the Marvel universe on a deeper level, where time changes both the characters and the world. Being able to span decades with one of the most iconic Spider-Man artists ever, Mark Bagley, is surreal. He’s creating fresh takes on classic characters and moments in really dynamic ways.”
What are your first impressions of Spider-Man: Life Story? If the book is a success, would you like to see Marvel produce similar stories headlined by their other iconic superheroes? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!