Amazing Spider-Man will end with issue #700 but Superior Spider-Man #1 launches in 2013. Artist Ryan Stegman shared his insight on the new Spidey on Marvel.com but first I have to talk about his cover to Superior Spider-Man #2. Is this new guy under the mask making a move on Peter Parker’s main gal? This sure looks like Mary Jane getting a kiss from the new webslinger.
Back to Stegman who shared why his style is perfect for Dan Slott’s darker take.
”My style has been edging darker anyway. My favorite styles are sort of cartoony with a certain amount of looseness to the finish. It allows your work to cover a wide range of expression. So when it needs to be light it can and when it needs to be dark it can.
I’ve found that my style slightly changes on almost every book I do to suit what it is that I’m working on. It’s not always overt, and it’s certainly not conscious. But I just finished a run on FANTASTIC FOUR and I think my style on this has been different even though I never consciously decided that. It’s just that the tone of the writing is different.”
Slott and Stegman are throwing a new Sinister Six at the Superior Spider-Man.
“I re-designed Overdrive. But for the most part we stuck with classic designs. I think one of the great things about the villains in this book is that the ones that stick generally have pretty cool designs. For example, the Living Brain is something that I would never design. It’s blocky and crazy looking. But somehow it’s awesome. So I didn’t want to fiddle with it. I just wanted it to look exactly like it always did.”
Back to that famous redhead, Stegman calls MJ the most important supporting cast member.
“I’ve always wanted to draw her. And I want to do her justice as all the great Spidey artists have done. Especially Romita Sr. That’s a huge part of Spider-Man to me. Without Mary Jane this book probably wouldn’t be everything that it is.”
For his entire interview here’s the Marvel.com link.
Superior Spider-Man #1 swings into the Marvel Now in January.