Many of comics’ most enduring icons manage to stay in peoples’ imaginations because of one, dominant element: their looks. Most of the major heroes of the DC and Marvel comic book universes carry with them a distinctive aesthetic that has stayed with them for decades, and even if some of the intricate details might be modified, the overall look largely remains the same. Batman’s silhouette has remained largely intact for most of the last 75 years, and Superman’s color scheme and cape haven’t ever lost their consistency of primary colors. The same goes for Marvel’s most arguably popular hero, the Amazing Spider-Man, who has had the same costume for the vast majority of the last fifty years, only getting a temporary makeover before his reliable old red and blue came back.
With the Marvel Comics universe undergoing some very big changes after the conclusion of their event series Secret Wars, though, it looks like the ol’ Webhead is even getting a redesign similarly to his fellow heroes like Iron Man and Star-Lord. Spider-Man’s costume is something that you really can’t change too much, though, since the definitive original suit designed by his co-creator Steve Ditko is an institution unto itself. So, what do you do if you’re going to redesign it? That’s easy: you go to one of comics’ most respected artists, whose personal affinity for classic designs always informs his new perspective.
Debuting at MTV, longtime Spider-Man comics writer Dan Slott unveiled the cover and costume design for Marvel’s upcoming series, All-New All-Different Amazing Spider-Man. After repurposing the company that Otto Octavius started in his name during the Superior Spider-Man series, Peter Parker has evolved into a more responsible leader at the forefront of technological innovation, and Slott says that this is why it seemed only natural for Peter to create a new, advanced suit to assist him in his crusades as the Webslinger. He said,
Peter Parker has stepped up. He’s grown. He’s become the Peter Parker we’ve always hoped he was going to be. …This company, with Peter’s inventions and Peter’s gumption has gone to new heights. He’s operating with Parker Industries in not just New York, but also Shanghai and San Francisco and London. He’s going to be a far more global Spider-Man, and with that is going to come all new global threats. Things that will really test Spider-Man like never before.
See the cover for the first issue below.
For the new design, Marvel has enlisted Alex Ross, the acclaimed artist and painter who is most widely known for his career defining work on Marvels with writer Kurt Busiek, and Kingdom Come with writer Mark Waid, along with a plethora of memorable covers across a wide variety of titles for both Marvel and DC. The costume, while maintaining the overall iconic aesthetic of the Spider-Man costume, looks like it may have more longevity to it than other redesigns over the last five decades, because it doesn’t mess with things too drastically. Get a better look at the new suit in one of Ross’ design sheets below.
All-New All-Different Amazing Spider-Man #1 is scheduled to go on sale in comics shops and digital storefronts later this year, after the conclusion to Secret Wars. For more on this as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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