ZDARSKY Signs MARVEL Exclusive, Allowed to 'Do Whatever He Wants (Maybe)'

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1
Credit: Mike Allred (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Chip Zdarsky (Marvel Comics)

Chip Zdarsky has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel Entertainment. The announcement didn't specify the length of the deal, or any exceptions for outside work-for-hire and creator-owned projects such as Sex Criminals.

“I’m thrilled to be with Marvel,” Zdarsky said. “This deal means I get to do whatever I want with whatever characters I want and nobody can stop me, which is great. I feel reinvigorated, like someone slapped a new #1 on me and, honestly? I couldn’t be happier.”

Zdarsky is currently writing both Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel 2-In-One. The writer/artist made his Marvel debut back in 2014 with Avengers & X-Men: AXIS.

Credit: Mike Allred (Marvel Comics)

As part of the Zdarsky announcement, Marvel mentioned two new annuals Zdarsky is writing Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1 with artist Mike Allred, and Marvel 2-In-One Annual #1 with artist Declan Shalvey.

“What more can be said about Chip Zdarsky that he hasn't already said about himself?” said editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski. “But seriously, in the time he's been at Marvel, Chip's shown us all the most amazing range of skills as a writer, from his biting humor on Howard the Duck, to the way he approaches Marvel continuity in original ways in Peter Parker, to the heart and humanity he brings to Marvel 2-in-One. We're proud to have him as part of the Marvel family and to let him do whatever he wants with whatever characters he wants. Maybe.”

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