December 10th, 2012 – While we wait for Ben to inevitably appear in the pages of Scarlet Spider, here is some new art by Brett Booth:
If anyone takes the time to ink this, please feel free to
send it to us, and we'll post it on the site. Probably in a few places.
October 10th, 2012 – Sorry to anyone who may be looking for the site and can't find it easily since the URL changed. Judging by our Analytics data, traffic dropped by about 95%... which makes sense as the Google search results no longer point here. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.
Released today is Scarlet Spider #10, which is Part 2 of the Minimum Carnage crossover with Venom. There is one direct reference to Ben in the issue:
Not sure why the book keeps alluding to Ben, but hopefully he will be the focus of a larger future story.
October 1st, 2012 – Update your bookmarks - The Ben Reilly Tribute is now located at http://www.benreillytribute.x10host.com
September 25th, 2012 – Just a quick note, our provider may be requiring a change of URL. This URL should automatically point to the new one, but if not and the site disappears - check our Facebook and Twitter for updates.
September 15th, 2012 – Here is something else I missed: the variant cover to X-Men Legacy 268, which is part of the 50th Anniversary of Spider-Man series. It was released a few months ago.
September 1st, 2012 – Not sure how I missed this, but here is the last solicit for the Ben Reilly Epic Book 6.
SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE BEN REILLY EPIC BOOK 6 TPB
Written by TOM DEFALCO, TODD DEZAGO, JM DEMATTEIS, HOWARD MACKIE, DARICK ROBERTSON, STEVE GERBER, GLENN HERDLING, GLENN GREENBERG & MARK BERNARDO
Penciled by RON GARNEY, STEVE SKROCE, MIKE WIERINGO, LUKE ROSS, JOHN ROMITA JR., DARICK ROBERTSON, JAMES FRY, JOE BENNETT, KYLE HOTZ & BEN HERRERA
Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
The cataclysmic conclusion of the Clone Saga! Peter and Ben grow ever closer to unraveling the twisted conspiracy that has manipulated them both for years, but the identity of the shadowy madman pulling their strings will shock both Spider-Men to the core — and one will not survive! As Mary Jane goes into labor and a vengeful villain makes his return, lies are exposed, truths are revealed and heroes are sacrificed! Plus: Take a peek behind the curtain at what could have been as Marvel’s staffers explore alternate endings to the Clone Saga! And whatever happened to Carrion? Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #417-418, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN (1996) #11, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #240-241, SPIDER-MAN (1990) #73-75, SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #5, SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED (1993) #14, SPIDER-MAN: REVELATIONS, SPIDER-MAN: THE OSBORN JOURNAL and SPIDER-MAN: 101 WAYS TO END THE CLONE SAGA.
448 PGS./Rated T …$39.99
The cover posted a few weeks ago was from Amazing Spider-Man 692. There was a few variants for that issue, including another which featured Ben.
Also, sorry for the recent site outages. Host is changing servers. Here are some Ben graphics for you to play with!
August 29th, 2012 – Guess who's back. Back again. Jackal's back. Tell a friend.
Looks like we'll be seeing more of the Jackal, as he appeared in the final panel of Amazing Spider-Man 692. It's funny when you consider the thoughts of Glenn Greenberg in the Life of Reilly after the original death of the Jackal:
[ GLENN'S COMMENTS : The Jackal was so ruined as a character by this point that he can now only be considered "damaged goods." I sincerely believe that it will be a VERY long time before we ever see him again, if indeed we ever do. ]
July 14th, 2012 – You can always count on a comic convention to throw Ben Reilly fans a bone, as a build up to this year's San Diego Comic Con we got a peak at this upcoming cover by Humberto Ramos. I'm not exactly sure what this cover is for - if anyone knows please send us an e-mail. Obviously, Ben isn't coming back, but it's a nice tribute to all of Spidey's past costumes.
One small bit of self-promotion, a short film featuring an original character I created that appeared in Kick-Ass Vol. 2 #3 can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X21ng2cpXDQ
July 2nd, 2012 – A few noteworthy news items: Ben has yet another new figure release as part of the 4-inch scale Amazing Spider-Man movie tie-in line.
Finally, a few references to Ben were made in Scarlet Spider #6.
May 4th, 2012 – I'm not sure what I'll post in the news section once all of these Ben Reilly Epic trades are released... but that's a problem for Tomorrow Ben Reilly Tribute!
- In Stores: July 18, 2012
- ISBN #: 978-0-7851-6383-1
- Format: Trade Paperback
- Price: $39.99
The Story: Peter Parker lies gravely ill in a hospital bed — so who's that swinging around the Big Apple? It's Ben Reilly, the former Scarlet Spider and newly christened Spider-Man! But our webbed rookie soon finds out his new super ID isn't going to grant him a free pass when the likes of Swarm, Will O' the Wisp, Dragon Man, the Lizard, and other baleful bad guys rear their malevolent heads! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #414-416 and material from ANNUAL '96, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN (1996) #7-10, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #235-239, SPIDER-MAN (1990) #71-72, SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #4, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED (1993) #13.
February 21st, 2012 – Some cool downloadable content for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. First up, you can play as Scarlet Spider in Marvel vs. Capcom:
Second, an extremely cool rendition of the Ben Reilly Spider-Man costume. This is especially awesome because it looks like a 3D render of Mark Bagley's version. This outfit is available for the Spider-Man 2099 missions.
January 24th, 2012 – New solicit for The Complete Ben Reilly Epic #4. Check it out (as well as the recolored cover).
Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Book 4 TPB
Written By Tom Defalco, Karl Kesel, Dan Jurgens, Todd Dezago, Howard Mackie, J.M. Dematteis & Evan Skolnick
Penciled By Mark Bagley, Rick Leonardi, Cary Nord, Dan Jurgens, Sal Buscema, John Romita Jr., Mike Zeck, Bob Mcleod, Steven Butler, Steve Geiger & Paris Karounos
Cover By Dan Jurgens
Just as Ben Reilly settles into his new life as The Amazing Spider-Man, a shadow from the past casts doubt upon his identity. Is He Or Is He Not The Real Deal? As Ben Attempts To Discover The Ultimate Truth Surrounding This Mystery, Peter Parker Continues To Adapt To A Life Without Powers. It’s The Continuing Saga Of Not One But Two Spider-Men! Collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #411-413, Daredevil (1964) #354, Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #4-6, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #234, Spider-Man (1990) #68-70, Spider-Man: Redemption #1-4, Spider-Man Team-Up #3 And Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #12.
464 Pgs./Rated T …$39.99
January 11th, 2012 – Happy New Year Ben Reilly fans! In case you didn't already know (you really should have) Scarlet Spider #1 was released today. As previously reported, Kaine is taking over the Scarlet Spider identity that Ben created well over a decade ago. It looks like he is setting up shop in Houston, Texas.
Most importantly, Ben gets a few panels worth of appearances and mentions as Kaine recalls his history and more recent past. Grab your copy today of Scarlet Spider #1 by Christopher Yost and Ryan Stegman.
November 15th, 2011 – Comic Book Resources posted an article with Axel Alonso where a pretty definitive answer for Ben Reilly was given:
To wrap this week, we've got two questions about series spinning from "Point One" regarding some characters we haven't seen yet. New questioner Spiderkihl asked, "With Kaine being introduced as the Scarlet Spider this week i guess my question is what went into the process of deciding to bring Kaine back and make him the Scarlet Spider over Ben Reilly? Ben Reilly is still my favorite character and I'm just sad we haven't seen him brought back yet. It just feels like Kaine has been turned into Ben lite and i just wish we had the real thing. Any chance on bringing Ben back in the future?"
Alonso: Hey, Spiderkihl, where you been? Kaine has been a supporting player in “Amazing Spider-Man” for the past couple years and played a massive role in Dan [Slott]’s “Spider-Island” epic. And hopefully, Chris [Yost] and Ryan [Stegman]’s plans for Kaine will prove that Kaine is anything but a stand-in for Ben Reilly. As for Reilly, let me turn this over to Spider-Man editor Steve Wacker:
Wacker: Sorry, Spider-Kihl, but there are no plans for Ben Reilly. My belief is that his story was told completely during the 100+ issues of the “Clone Sage” 15 years ago. Bringing him back just to appease a few fans doesn’t seem to be doing any service to that character. He had a complete, highly emotional and final journey and it’s better to leave that story told.
Speaking of the Marvel Point One issue, Kaine is officially the new Scarlet Spider in the ongoing title. Early art has been released for the book.
Maybe they will decide to have him be blonde?
Not all bad news today, though. When asked by a fan on Twitter if there were "any plans to revisit Kaine and Ben Reilly's history in the new book?" referring to the new Scarlet Spider ongoing comic, Christopher Yost responded "it comes up." There will be a tomorrow for Ben Reilly news.
October 29th, 2011 – The latest Amazing Spider-Man all but confirmed Kaine as the new Scarlet Spider. He dons one of Peter's back-up costumes and kills the Spider Queen with the help of the other heroes... and his spider stingers! That's right. Those claws that Peter had shoot out from under his wrists after The Other storyline (promptly forgotten) are back, but this time Kaine has 'em!
Finally, head to your local book store and grab the The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Book 2, which was released last week. Here is the recolored cover to The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Book 3.
October 14th, 2011 – Ben might never come back... but we are quite literally getting the closest possible thing.
For those who didn't read Amazing Spider-Man 671, Reed Richards cultivated Anti-Venom's suit to cure the infection of Spider-Island. Tarantula, Kaine transformed, and Spider-Man fight near the pool of Anti-Venom. Tarantula falls in.
Kaine re-emerged from the pool.
It appears as though that not only is the transformation reversed, but he is also cured of clone degeneration. He is seemingly the perfect clone. Not the first, but the only perfect clone of Peter Parker that is still alive.
At the New York Comic Con happening this week, a Scarlet Spider ongoing series was announced. The identity of this Scarlet Spider was not revealed. It didn't need to be.
From NYCC: ANNOUNCEMENT! New Scarlet Spider ongoing series starting in January 2012. The creative team is writer Chris Yost and artist Ryan Stegman. Stegman: "First off, I got rid of the hoodie. His name is Scarlet Spider, so I wanted to emphasize the red." The identity of Scarlet Spider is not being discussed at the panel. Wacker said that Scarlet Spider will be between the "two extremes" of Spider-Man and Venom, and will travel across the country.
A book starring Kaine wearing the suit of the man he tormented for years could open the door to Ben flashbacks. This is as good as we're going to get. Thoughts? Post them up on Twitter @BenReilyTribute
September 29th, 2011 – Marvel has released the following information along with their 4th Point One teaser image:
"Point One is a massive one-shot of 64 all-new pages of story by the top creators in the business, setting the stage for the biggest stories coming in 2012. It is the starting point to what’s in store for the world’s most iconic characters and startling events. Point One serves as the launch pad for dynamic new series, the return of fan-demanded characters, and a shocking teaser that will have everyone talking. See how all it comes together in one gigantic epic!” – Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President, Executive Editor
The teaser image?
Put simply: Either Ben is coming back, or Marvel just loves screwing with Ben's fans. I'm really betting it's the latter.
August 22nd, 2011 – Seems like every weekend I go on vacation, Marvel decides to let loose some Ben Reilly-related information. In this case, a press release which shed more light on the infamous "burning hoodie" image:
"It’s the Spider-Man event of the year, and with so many twists and turns – there’s no telling what will happen next! But there’s one thing we can tell you, fans can get excited for the return of someone very important to the life of Peter Parker. Except where will he show up? With Spider-Island selling out across the board, it’s obvious that fans can’t get enough of the Wall-crawler, all 8 million of them!
"Haven’t checked out Spider-Island yet? No problem! Marvel is pleased to announce that that it will be going back to press on a wide number of Spider-Island tie-ins including, Spider-Island: Cloak And Dagger #1 Second Printing Variant, Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 Second Printing Variant, & Venom #5 Second Printing Variant! And with the Amazing Spider-Man #666 Second Printing Variant on the way, there’s no better time to get in on the action. So what are you waiting for? Head over to your local comic shop and get in on Spider-Island today!
"Curious to who will be returning? Join the conversation on Twitter with #SpiderIsland!"
As anyone who has been hoping for Ben to return knows by now that unless Ben is actually shown on-panel in current continity... nothing Marvel says can be believed. They certainly want us to think he is coming back... but we've done this dance before.
August 12th, 2011 – In a new interview with Comic Book Resources, Dan Slott was asked point blank about the man in the stasis tube and Ben Reilly.
Q: Jackal is accompanied by a hulking monstrosity he calls Kaine through most of the issue. Is this the same Kaine that appeared to die at the end of the "Grim Hunt" arc of "Amazing Spider-Man?"
A: He did not die at the end of "Grim Hunt." Go back to the final issue of that story line and turn to the end. There's a final scene with Kaine crawling out of the grave -- in a new, mutated body. I've read that some people have been confused by the scenes with Kaine. If you go back and look, the Jackal clearly calls the creature that's with him Kaine though.
If you want to see HOW the Jackal and Kaine reunited? That's the second story in the DEADLY FOES one-shot. And wait 'til you see who else shows up in that one! Longtime Spidey readers are in for a shock.
Q: We know that some readers are hoping that the man in the tube is deceased Spider-Man clone, Ben Reilly. We imagine you can't confirm this one way or another, but can you discuss your thoughts on Ben as a character? What do you find interesting about him?
A: I feel it's a shame to waste any thought on Ben as a character because, well, he dissolved into a pile of goo. So why waste time thinking about goo? I mean HOW COULD THAT GOO POSSIBLY EVER COME BACK? How? It's goo! It's almost like you'd need a Jell-O mold in the shape of Peter Parker to bring him back [Laughs]. Wait a sec...
Look, all we know about "Tubey McGee" is that he is a guy. The biggest clue we have about him is what the Jackal says, "He's perfect. Down to the last cell. For all my years of obsessing over Parker's DNA, I have to admit I always dreamed of studying this prime specimen." Hmm... Interesting.
Tubey McGee is of course the man in the stasis tube that is transformed into what The Jackal is now calling Spider-King.