John Romita, Jr. will return as the artist of Amazing Spider-Man, teaming up with Spider-Man Beyond writer Zeb Wells and inker Scott Hanna to launch a new storyline starting on April 6 with Amazing Spider-Man #1. The new volume of Spider-Man’s adventures comes as Marvel prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the character. In making the announcement, Marvel said that Romita Jr. returned to Marvel specifically to work on this comic.

The new story arc begins with everyone in the Spider-Man universe estranged from Peter Parker after a mysterious incident. Only Doctor Octopus will have anything to do with him, and he has plans of his own. The villain Tombstone will also make an appearance. 

Romita, whose father, John Romita, Sr., was one of the defining Spider-Man artists of the 1960s, debuted on the series in 1977 with a six-page story and had a number of runs as the main artist for the story from the 1980s to 2012; he, Hanna, and writer J. Michael Straczynski won an Eisner Award for their work on the series in 2002. Romita left Marvel for DC in 2013 but returned last year (see “Romita Jr. Moves Back to Marvel”).

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