In the end, the design had to look slightly more realistic, yet could not be "comic booky". Branding was everyting to Marvel Entertainment, so that was that. I wasn't thrilled about watering down the feel of the book. I feel like the end result was a blander product, but since the book garnered me a sizable paycheck (the largest of my pro career), I learned to live with it.
-Example of a double-page layout spread in the book:
This was the layout for the final double page spread of the book, drawn in the more animated style. It's just a layout, but I was quite happy with how the more animated approach made Spidey leap off the page:
--Finished Color Art--
In the end, Spidey did become more generic-looking. There was nothing I could do about that with Marvel Entertainment calling the shots. Still, I had fun drawing Spidey, and even though the project was filled with lots of delays, personal disappointments, and was sometimes very frustrating, I count it as one of my favorite experiences to date.