Many years ago, way back in 2018, Donald Trump was president, Corona was known as little more than overpriced imported pisswater, and Nick Spencer was about to launch a new run on Amazing Spider-Man with Invincible artist Ryan Ottley. The run was successful in rehabbing Spencer's image somewhat from the disaster that was Secret Empire and Spencer's belligerent antagonism of Bernie Sanders supporters on Twitter due to Spencer's steadfast but erroneous belief that nobody but Hillary Clinton could defeat Trump at the polls. But now in 2021, Spencer has newer aspirations, a sweet deal with Substack to launch a new comics platform, and it looks like his time as writer of Amazing Spider-Man will come to an end with September's Amazing Spider-Man #74.
In a press release, Marvel announced:
Nick Spencer will close out his epic run on Amazing Spider-Man this September! Since taking over the title, the acclaimed writer has crafted a Spider-Man saga for the ages, taking not only Peter Parker but his beloved supporting cast and iconic rogues gallery on radical new journeys. With numerous memorable storylines under his belt, Spencer will end his redefining work on the Spider-Man mythos in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74. The milestone 875th issue of the title, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74 will be an incredible 80-page blockbuster issue complete with artwork from some of the artists that have contributed to this landmark run: Patrick Gleason, Mark Bagley, and Marcelo Ferreira and more! The culmination of over three years' worth of thrilling storylines, this climactic finale will be full of surprising developments that will launch Peter Parker into his next high-flying era.
Marvel editor Nick Lowe had some praise for Spencer:
The last three years of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN have been Nick Spencer's love letter to his favorite character and comic. He may be the biggest Spidey fan ever as evidenced from the fact that he read every Spider-Man comic in preparation for his landmark run.
From #1 all the way through #74, Nick (along with Ryan Ottley, Humberto Ramos, Patrick Gleason, Mark Bagley and more) has gone huge with more villains, more supporting characters, and more punishment for Peter Parker. From "Hunted" to "Sins Rising" to "Last Remains" to "King's Ransom" to "Sinister War" and now to the ultra-sized finale "What Cost Victory" Nick will bring his web-slinging rollercoaster ride back into the station in a way you'll never forget!
74 issues. It's a monumental run. Does Spencer have any regrets? Well, he never did get to make Spider-Man a Nazi, did he? Amazing Spider-Man #74 hits stores in September.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by PATRICK GLEASON, MARK BAGLEY, MARCELO FERREIRA, and more!
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON
On Sale 9/22!