imageMarvel Comics is pleased to announce that acclaimed Capcom artist Shinkiro will be contributing the cover to the January debut issue of their new anthology series SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED! The renowned Japanese designer and illustrator of many of Capcom’s hit titles will be bringing his acclaimed skills to yet another digital masterpiece that will grace the premiere issue of Spidey’s newest comics series.

“I am honored that an artist as revered and respected as Shinkiro has agreed to illustrate the first cover for Spider-Man Unlimited #1,” commented Marvel’s talent coordinator C.B. Cebulski. “I owe many thanks to our friends at Capcom Co. Ltd. for making this happen. We could not be more pleased with the beautiful cover that Shinkiro-san has so masterfully rendered.

“However, I would also like to express my sincere apologies to Shinkiro-san and Capcom Co. Ltd. for a slight blunder on Marvel’s part,” Cebulski continued. “When we solicited the book, we ran a pre-production image of the cover that Shinkiro-san had not yet completed. While it was clearly labeled “NOT FINISHED ART”, this message was not imbedded in the image itself. This incomplete image was then mistakenly released to the Internet community, but it was not noted there that this was an unfinished piece. It was only after the piece had gone out that we realized our mistake.

“I feel terrible about this,” Cebulski explained. “We’ve done a great disservice to Shinkiro, his art and his reputation by releasing a piece of his unfinished art. Marvel is going to do everything in its power to correct the mistake and see that the actual finished Spider-Man Unlimited #1 cover is distributed through the proper channels and give it the exposure it so rightfully deserves. Again, Marvel’s apologies for this error go out to Capcom Co., Ltd. and Shinkiro. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with them, as well as expanding it to get other Capcom artists working on Marvel comics.”

The 32-page SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #1 – the debut issue of a new, bimonthly ongoing series – goes on sale 1/7/04 with a cover price of $2.99. Retailers are reminded its Final Order Cut-off [FOC] date is Thursday, 12/18. Readers, ask your local comic book retailer to reserve your copy!

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