The Oklahoman

Marvel celebrates 10 years of Miles Morales, Spider-Man

- Word Balloons Matt Price Guest columnist

If you missed “Ultimate Fallout” #4 back in August 2011, you missed the first appearance of Miles Morales, a Latino and Black teen who became the new Spider-Man.

Officially graded copies of the issue have gone for over $1,000 online, but if you missed the story, Marvel is offering a second chance as Miles celebrates his 10th anniversar­y. The “Ultimate Fallout” #4 facsimile edition goes on sale this week at comic shops.

Miles was introduced in the “Ultimate” line of comics from Marvel. That line was created in 2000 to provide more updated origins and storylines for the Marvel characters. In 2011, writer

Brian Michael Bendis shook things up by killing off Peter Parker in the Ultimate universe, making way for a new SpiderMan, Miles Morales, created by Bendis with artist Sara Pichelli.

When the Ultimate imprint ended in 2015, Miles made his way into the main Marvel Universe of titles. A new comics title, “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” launched by the team of writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Garron, and Miles went on to star in the animated hit movie “Into the Spider-Verse.”

The facsimile edition is just one of the ways Marvel is celebratin­g the teen hero. On Aug. 4, Marvel released “Miles Morales: Marvel Tales #1,” which included the debut scene from “Ultimate Fallout” #4 and the first five issues of “Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man” from 2011.

Marvel is celebratin­g the character’s impact across the Marvel Universe this year with a series of 18 variant covers featuring Miles alongside other Marvel greats, crafted by artists including Mike

Del Mundo, Javier Garrón, and Russell Dauterman.

And, storyboard artist Chase Conley has created a 10th Anniversar­y redesign of Miles’ Spider-Man suit, set to debut in “Miles Morales: Spider-Man” #30, set for a Sept. 29 release. Included in the anniversar­y issue will be contributi­ons from Miles Morales co-creator Sara Pichelli; “Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVers­e” co-writer/producer Phil Lord and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producer Chris Miller.

Matthew Price, matthew@matthewlpr­, has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.

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MARVEL COMICS Miles Morales and Peter Parker are featured on the Sara Pichelli variant cover of “Amazing Spider-Man” #74 this month.
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