Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Second Printing Variant Spotlights the Series’ Bold New Direction

Jonathan Hickman and Marco Checchetto‘s Ultimate Spider-Man #1 is heading back to the printers — and R.B. Silva’s second printing variant cover highlights Peter Parker‘s drastically different life on Earth-6160.

When Ultimate Spider-Man #1 opens, Peter Parker is a 35-year-old man who has not yet become Spider-Man. He is married to Mary Jane Watson and the pair have two kids, Richard and May. In a surprise twist, Peter’s Uncle Ben is alive and well in this reality — and works as the managing editor of the Daily Bugle. Peter’s Aunt May, however, perished in the deadly attack on New York that the Maker framed Tony Stark for.

The second printing variant highlights this bold new direction for the Spider-Man mythos. Silva’s cover features Peter, his family, and a number of other characters — including the mysterious new Green Goblin. The second printing of Ultimate Spider-Man #1 hits comic shops on Wednesday, February 21 — the very same day as issue #2.

Check out R.B. Silva’s second printing variant cover for Ultimate Spider-Man #1 below:

“This is a Peter Parker who not only didn’t get bit by a spider when he was a teenager, but a Peter Parker who also never lost his Uncle Ben,” editor Wil Moss said of the new series. “Now that he has become Spider-Man when he’s a full-grown adult, how will having Ben in his life affect who he is as a hero? It’s a fundamental shift in the Spider-Man mythos, and Jonathan and Marco are really going to surprise you with how it affects Spider-Man’s journey as a hero, I guarantee.”

What’s to come in Ultimate Spider-Man

In addition to the second printing announcement for issue #1, Marvel shared Checchetto’s covers for Ultimate Spider-Man #2 and #3, plus the artist’s newly-revealed cover art for issue #4. The issue #4 cover, in particular, spotlights Ben Parker’s continued exploits in journalism following his departure from the Bugle.

Check out the upcoming covers below:

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2

  • Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
  • Art and Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
  • Colors by MATTHEW WILSON
  • On Sale 2/21

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #3

  • Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
  • Art and Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
  • Colors by MATTHEW WILSON
  • On Sale 3/27

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #4

  • Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
  • Art and Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
  • Colors by MATTHEW WILSON
  • On Sale 4/24

Ultimate Spider-Man #1 is on sale now from Marvel Comics. The second printing hits stands alongside issue #2 in February.

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