You bring the rice. I’ll bring the tin cans…
Ya gotta dig Marvel’s Gallery Editions — oversize collections that are only slightly smaller than old-school, Bronze Age treasury editions.
Well, there’s a big one coming your way in 2022: Spider-Man: The Wedding Album Gallery Edition. Dig the official description, according to an Amazon listing:
SPIDER-MAN: THE WEDDING ALBUM GALLERY EDITION
By David Michelinie (Author), Jim Shooter (Author), Christopher Priest (Author), Peter David (Author), John Romita Jr. (Artist), Alex Saviuk (Artist), Paul Ryan (Artist), Alan Kupperberg (Artist)
Celebrate the greatest comic-book wedding of all in this oversized Gallery Edition containing the complete story of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson’s 1980s nuptials — from proposal, to ceremony, to honeymoon! After years of will-they-won’t-they friendship and occasional romance, Peter pops the question…and after a lot of soul-searching, MJ says yes! But will these lovebirds truly hit the jackpot and walk down the aisle, or will that ol’ Parker luck — not to mention Electro, the Puma and the new Spider-Slayer — ruin everything for the bride and groom? Plus, vintage behind-the-scenes extras including the newspaper strip version of the wedding, and the complete saga of the happy couple’s history!
COLLECTING: Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 290-292, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) 21, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual (1979) 7, What If? (1989) 20-21, Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985) 22, material from Not Brand Echh (1967) 6
A few thoughts:
— Marvel in 2020 announced an Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 Facsimile Edition, but I believe it was waylaid because of COVID. As far as I can tell, it never came out. Anyway, the timing and packaging here make a lot of sense. Next year is not only Spidey’s 60th anniversary, it’s the 35th anniversary of the 1987 Pete/MJ nuptials.
— The 296-page oversize hardcover is due Aug. 30, 2022 and lists for $44.99.
— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by Marvel yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
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