During a press conference for The Clone Conspiracy #3, Spider-Man line editor Nick Lowe solicited a one-shot which includes a story with a much-hyped creative team including “one of the greatest writers in Marvel history, drawn by one of the greatest artists in Marvel history.”
It seems we now know the team. In Marvel’s solicitations for March 2017 they promised that Clone Conspiracy Omega would include the announcement for “the next big Spider-Book by Peter David & Mark Bagley.”
Peter David has worked on the Spider-Man books in four decades, with a run on Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man in the 1980s, Spider-Man 2099 in the 1990s, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in the 2000s, and another run of Spider-Man 2099 at the current moment. Mark Bagley worked on Amazing Spider-Man with David Michelinie for a few years, before his 110 issue run of Ultimate Spider-Man with Brian Michael Bendis. He returned to that world for the Death of Spider-Man arc, and the Ultimate End mini-series. He also illustrated the 1994 Amazing Spider-Man trading card series, which referenced Peter David’s Sin-Eater saga.
A few days ago, Jamie Lovett of comicbook.com rated Mark Bagley as the third best Spider-Man artist ever. Peter David is consistently rated as one of the best Spider-Man writers ever, with an 8th place ranking on a comic book resources readers list being an example.
Bleeding Cool featured speculation about Peter David and Mark Bagley on a Ben Reilly title before Marvel announced the creative team, but there’s no official word yet on what the book is going to be about. Anyone want to do the math, and figure out which of the two worked on more Spider-Man comics?