Marvel Puts a Fresh Spin on Spider-Man’s Past

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Marvel has made a number of attempts over the years to revisit the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko/John Romita, Sr. era of Amazing Spider-Man. Some books, like Spider-Man: Chapter One and Spider-Man: Season One, have attempted to remake those original stories for contemporary audiences. Others, like Spidey, have worked to add new tales in between the beats of the originals. But rarely do these books seem to add much of real value to Spider-Man’s Silver Age adventures. That’s where Spider-Man: Life Story stands apart. This isn’t a simple retelling or side-story. It revisits Spider-Man’s past from a very different perspective and with a far more ambitious goal in mind.

With Life Story, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley are retelling the story of Peter Parker with a major wrinkle. This series assumes Spider-Man made his debut in 1962 and tells his story in real time. Each issue will spotlight a different decade as Peter grows older and faces trials and tribulations that simply wouldn’t be possible for the normal, un-aging version of the character.

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