Marvel Action For Young Wallcrawlers


by Vince Brusio

If you’re into comics, you know that nothing stays the same. Evolution is constant. That you can bank on. Just like you can bank on how Spider-Man will always be tweaked for a new generation. This year, IDW Publishing leads the charge to help bring the Wallcrawler into a new chapter of his development with Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1 (SEP180644) written by Delilah S. Dawson with artwork by Fico Ossio, and both IDW’s Editor-in-Chief John Barber and Group Editor Denton Tipton weigh in with details, and a glimpse of new wild Webswingers.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1 (SEP180644) is in comic shops November 28.


Vince Brusio: Why is Spider-Man swinging around the offices of IDW Publishing? How did this new universe happen?

Denton Tipton: IDW has been working with Marvel on our Artist's Editions, comic strip reprints, and various other projects for many years now, and this venture is very much a product of that developing relationship along with IDW's success with Star Wars Adventures.

John Barber: Marvel’s always looking for good ways to bring their characters and stories to a wide audience. IDW’s had a lot of success in bringing comics to younger readers, and to audiences that maybe aren’t already enmeshed in the world of comic books. When you factor all of that stuff together, IDW and Marvel working together on these comics makes a great deal of sense.

Vince Brusio: What continuity is first being established in this book? Peter’s in high school, correct? Is he a freshman? A sophomore? Has he already been bitten by the radioactive spider?

Denton Tipton: These titles will have their own continuity, and it's a completely fresh start. Peter in his junior year of high school, and well along in being Spider-Man.

John Barber: We’ll see stuff that’s familiar, reimagined in fresh new ways, and we’ll see some stuff that’s wholly unique to the story Delilah Dawson and Fico Ossio are telling. It’s classic Peter Parker but with plenty of contemporary twists.

Vince Brusio: How do Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales figure into this story? Are they in the same grade as Peter? Do they live in the same neighborhood? Bottom line: will we get an origin story, or have things (history) already been put in motion, and we’re being dropped into ongoing “current events”?

Denton Tipton: All three have powers, but only Peter has donned a costume at this point. For the rest, you'll have to wait and read for yourself!

John Barber: What Denton said! It’s super-cool to get to bring Miles and Gwen into the mix on these comics. Having them onboard really makes this comic have a unique feel — this comic has its own personality.

Vince Brusio: This book is said to be for an “all ages” audience. Could you elaborate on that label for us? Does this mean that the audience for TMNT Adventures is the same as for Spider-Man #1?

Denton Tipton: It's targeted squarely for 8-12 year olds, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

John Barber: Part of what we’ve been joking about with Marvel is that it’s for 8-12, but for a long time just about every comic was.

Vince Brusio: What is the most rewarding part of your job working on this new book?

Denton Tipton: It fills me with great joy to be able to share with kids the inspiration that comic books gave me at that age.

John Barber: I’m really happy to get to see these exciting takes on Spidey — plus Avengers and Black Panther — unfolding in front of me, and getting to play a small role in guiding them! I really love these characters, and it’s fantastic to get to work with amazing creators, and with all our friends at Marvel. Which sounds like marketing talk, but that’s the truth!



Vince Brusio writes about comics, and writes comics. He is the long-serving Editor of, the creator of PUSSYCATS, and encourages everyone to keep the faith...and keep reading comics.

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