Marvel have announced that writer Chip Zdarsky, who’s known for his ability to blend humor and drama, will not only continue to work on Marvel books, but will be exclusive to the publisher. That means that we won’t see Zdarksky’s work popping up at DC Comics, and we’ll probably see a significant amount more work from him at Marvel, but it doesn’t preclude him working on creator-owned projects.
Zdarsky has previously written Howard The Duck, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man at Marvel. He was also the focus of 2017’s “How to Draw” variant covers and is currently on Marvel 2-In-One.
This June, Zdarsky is teaming up with Mike Allred for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1 and Declan Shalvey for Marvel 2-In-1 Annual #1.
I’m thrilled to be with Marvel. 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.
Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski adds:
What more can be said about Chip Zdarsky that he hasn’t already said about himself? 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.
Look out for more Zdarsky at Marvel, which is no bad thing. He brings a great deal of levity into traditions which always contained plenty of humor and reminds us of those roots.