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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007


PHILADELPHIA -- Marvel Comics on Friday will be canceling Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and publishing Amazing Spider-Man three times a month, it was announced on Friday at the Spider-Man: One More Day panel at Wizard World Philadelphia.

Tom Brevoort is taking over as editor and described the initiative as "Brand New Day."

"Spider-Man will still be coming out three times a month, but now it will be one title and a continuous story," editor-in-chief Joe Quesada said.

More details will be revealed at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and Quesada would not reveal any creators.

Quesada said that the new Amazing stories will build Peter Parker's supporting cast. "Some old and a lot of new," he said.

In other news from the panel:

* Strangers in Paradise creator Terry Moore is the new writer of Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. Quesada didn't discuss terms, but said he's "in for a nice long run."

"We're just thrilled to be working with Terry and will have some more Terry news down the road yet," he said.

* The One More Day story starts in September and runs through four issues. Quesada said that "it is a great sign-off" and "an incredible exclamation point" for writer J. Michael Straczynski.

* "When we discussed the unmaksing of Peter, we had a plan in mind. I'm not saing one way or another if One More Day fit into that, but there is a plan. All the elements from Civil War have an ending or resolution somewhere down the road. The doesn't mean we're taking back the unsamking. We could have six or seven years of stories involving the unmasking down the line."

* Quesada said that the "Back in Black" story was planned before Spider-Man 3, but was pushed back because of Civil War.

* Although Iron Man and Doctor Strange appear in One More day, Quesada said, "This is really a Peter/MJ story."

* All four One More Day issues will be oversized and cost $3.99.

* Quesada said he never considered himself a Spider-Man artist, but, "This is a story where I said, 'I have to draw this thing.'"

He said the fun he's having on drawing Spider-Man is similar to when he was drawing The Ray for DC Comics.

* Straczynski will not be returning to Squadron Supreme, Quesada said, and an announcement about the series will be forthcoming.

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