FIRST LOOK: December 2008 Spider-Man Comics

Get a sneak-peek at everything December has in store for Spidey!

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Spidey swings into the holiday season and wraps up his first year of thrice-weekly shipping! Plus, what's the deal with Harry Osborn?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579 Written by MARK WAID Pencils & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN Villain Variant by TBA We have excess of extra "M"s so: This month starts with a mountain of massively malevolent mayhem from the minds of Mark Waid (52, CAPTAIN AMERICA) and Marcos Martin (DR. STRANGE: THE OATH). With Spidey trapped underground, the Web-Head learns more about the surprising new cast-member who promises to cause trouble for him and his old pall JJJ. 32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #580 Written by ROGER STERN Pencils & Cover by LEE WEEKS When a bizarre criminal endangers his Aunt May, Peter Parker is determined to bring him to justice. But who is this strange, faceless felon? How can Spider-Man stop a guy who can slip through his webbing? And, hey, what's Pete's pal Joe Robertson been up to? New York Times best selling author and veteran Spider-writer Roger Stern and artist Lee Weeks (SPIDER-MAN: DEATH & DESTINY, CAPTAIN MARVEL) join forces to tell the story we could only call "Fill in the Blank!" Honest! 32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #581 Written by DAN SLOTT Pencils by MIKE MCKONE Cover by BARRY KITSON Villain Variant by TBA "Mind on Fire" Part 1 of 2 "The Trouble with Harry" (or "Harry Osborn and the Chamber of Secrets") It would sure help HARRY OSBORN if he could remember the completely logical, non-magical, and totally plausible way he came back from the dead. A skill like that could be useful, now that his ex-brother-in-law, THE MOLTEN MAN, is out to kill him! Set your spider-sense to tingling as some of the most requested secrets from the time between ONE MORE DAY and BRAND NEW DAY are revealed. All this, and series regular, LIZ ALLEN returns to the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, but is she here to help her ex-husband, or to throw more fuel on the fire? And in answer to more requests than you would believe: Little Normie! 32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #3 Written by J.M. DEMATTEIS, TOM DEFALCO & MATT YOCUM Penciled by TODD NAUCK, RAMON BACHS & MORE Cover by PATRICK OLLIFFE In our Untold Tales of Spider-Man, J.M. DeMatteis is back to take us through more of Peter Parker's struggle to become a hero. In "The Punch," Pete struggles to keep his powers in check around Flash Thompson – and discovers the negative examples a hero can set. Then, on a trip even further back in time, Matt Yocum takes us on an adventure of epic proportions with Pete's parents, Richard and Mary Parker – international parents of mystery! Over in Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man, during a late night hospital visit for baby May, Pete and MJ run into the Rhino – and discover even a super villain has a family. Finally in our Told Tales of Spider-Man, take a look back at the demise of Harry Osborn in Spectacular Spider-Man #200! 104 PGS./Rated A …$4.99 SPIDER-MAN: BRAND NEW DAY YEARBOOK Written by MIKE FICHERA & MORE The past year saw some major changes for everyone's favorite wall-crawler. For a recap of the 365 Brand New Days, grab yourself a copy of the Spider-Man Yearbook — featuring an illustrated, Saga-style synopsis of the thrice-monthly storytelling by the Spectacular Spider-Man Brain-Trust of Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim, Joe Kelly, Dan Slott, Mark Waid and Zeb Wells! Get to know the new BND Spider-Cast intimately with Official Handbook profiles spotlighting "Best Dressed" Jackpot, "Most Likely to Succeed" Anti-Venom, "Worst Breath" Freak, "Class Clown" Screwball and more. Plus: a plethora of powerful pin-ups to warrant purchasing two-copies for postering your walls! 64 PGS./Handbook/Rated T+ …$4.99 VENOM: DARK ORIGIN #5 (of 5) Written by ZEB WELLS Pencils & Cover by ANGEL MEDINA There's no turning back now. The symbiote has finally and fully bonded with Eddie Brock's DNA, blackening his heart, tarring his soul. Now the man reborn as VENOM sets out for revenge! Discover the humanity behind the classic Amazing Spider-Man #300, as a twisted, corrupted human being crosses the final line, and Spider-Man and his monstrous new arch-enemy Venom meet face-to-face for the first time…in a battle that would rock comics for decades to come! By Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Angel Medina (SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN)! 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99 SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #5 (of 5) Written by TERRY MOORE Art by CRAIG ROUSSEAU Cover by TERRY MOORE & CHRISTINA STRAIN WHAT!? It's over already!? But we were just getting started! Mary Jane's dealing with drama galore, Liz is slowly being taken over by EVIL cheerleader influences, and Pete Parker keeps ducking out every time he sees a villain on TV… Well, join us here in December, for the last blast of AWESOME, featuring Spidey's best gal and her bestest buds! 32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99 AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #27 Written by TOM DEFALCO Pencils by RON FRENZ & COLEEN COOVER Cover by RON FRENZ Villain Variant by TBA As Kaine, Darkdevil and Normie Osborn attempt to rescue Peter Parker from the Goblin Cult, Araٌa sends Spider-Girl to destroy the Black Tarantula. But this May has her own agenda (as you can see). Also, Tom DeFalco and Colleen Coover (AGE OF THE SENTRY, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) bring you the adventures of Mayday's little brother, Li'l Benjy, the Spectacular Spider-Baby! 32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99 SPIDER-MAN MAGAZINE #4 Cover by CHRIS BACHALO It's Spider-Man from cover to cover in the latest senses-shattering edition of the wall-crawler's very own ongoing magazine! In addition to full-length comic-book stories, this issue features puzzles and games, pinups, a letters page, and a pull-out poster! 96 PGS./All Ages …$6.99 SPIDER-MAN: BRAND NEW DAY #3 Reprinting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #551 56 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

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