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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008


PHILADELPHIA -- Marvel Comics focused on Spider-Man for a sparsely attended panel at Wizard World Philadelphia on Friday.

Panelists included Dan Slott, Tom Brevoort, C.B. Cebulski, Joe Quesada and marketing's Arune Singh.

Following are live highlights:

* A slide was shown highlighting Mary Jane's return. "Maybe Jackpot is back, too," Slott said.

A new Kraven is introduced in July.

* "New Ways to Die" launches in August by Slott and John Romita Jr. The first issue of the arc will be oversized and feature alternate covers by Alex Ross and John Romita Jr. It will have a back-up by Mark Waid and Adi Granov.

Slott said that the "big-name" villains will be returning, including Venom and Norman Osborn. There will also be a Spider-Man vs. Bullseye fight, which Slott said he's want to see for some time.

* Slott said a "lot of stuff happens" between One More Day and Brand New Day and there will be a series of stories filling in the gap.

* Quesada reiterated that past Spider-Man history did happen and count. "Give us the opportunity for us to tell the story," he said.

* Quesada and Brevoort said elements will be revealed with 18 months.

* "As we get back old villains like Doc Ock, it's going to be the same Doc Ock fight Spidey in those stories you've seen," Breevort said. "When we bring in the new Kraven, it completely treads on the Kraven stories you've read."

* Quesada said the fact that Amazing is coming out three times a month, it allows Marvel to be methodical in its reveal. "It makes for better story-telling at the end of the day," he said.

* Brevoort said the ground hasn't shifted as much as people think it has.

* Brevoort said that, before the end of the year, a character from J. Michael Straczynski's run will return.

* Brevoort said the Spider-Tracer Killer story will be played out eventually.

* Brevoort said he likes the fact that Amazing Spider-Man is now the single destination title for the character, similar to its hey day.

* Brevoort said that Spder-Man going back to his web-shooters will be addressed.

* Quesada said a goal is to create new things while at the same time tapping "into that Spider-Man vein."

* Asked about Anti-Venom, Slott said he wouldn't even say if it's a symbiote. "It might be something altogether different," he said.

* Slott said he has been "bouncing some Carnage stuff."

* Brevoort said artist Marcos Martin will be doing more Spider-Man work.

* Jackpot will be appearing next in Secret Invasion: Spider-Man: Brand New Day. Slott said readers will soon learn something important about her.

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