Spider-Man 2099 Creator Is In The Hospital And Marvel Is Doing Nothing

Spider-Man 2099 creator Peter David is in the hospital and his family has posted a GoFundMe.

By Douglas Helm | Updated

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Peter David, best known for co-creating the Spider-Man 2099 character for Marvel and his Star Trek novels, is currently in the hospital for health issues and is seeking help through a GoFundMe. According to the fund, which is set up by Graham Murphy on behalf of David’s wife Kathleen, David’s health bills are due to kidney failure, strokes, and a mild heart attack. The most recent update is from yesterday and says that David is back in the hospital after passing out in the cardiologist’s office due to an infection, and his white blood cell count is increasing.

As mentioned, Peter David is best known for helping create the popular Spider-Man 2099 character aka Miguel O’Hara. While the original design for the character came from Rick Leonardi, David was brought on to flesh out the character as well as supporting characters in the story. The first issue of the character’s debut was written by David, penciled by Rick Leonardi, inked by Al Williamson, and lettered by Rick Parker.

After writing Spider-Man 2099 #1, David would continue to write the series until issue #44. However, in 1996, series editor Joey Cavalieri was fired from Marvel due to the company’s financial instability at the time. In solidarity with Cavalieri, David decided to resign as well.

Spider-Man 2099 #1 would go on to become Peter David’s best-selling issue of his career, and each issue of the comic series would regularly sell over 100,000 copies. The series would end two issues after David left, finishing without any input from David. He wouldn’t return for a new series for the character until July 2014, with Will Sliney as the artist and Simone Bianchi illustrating the first issue’s cover. 

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Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel Comics, 1992)

In between the two series for Spider-Man 2099, David would write a few guest appearances for the character, such as his appearance in Captain Marvel. The newest series ended in 2017 with issue #25 and saw Miguel O’Hara returning to 2099. It also saw a new character take on the mantle.

Now, we’re about to see Spider-Man 2099 make one of his most significant debuts next as Oscar Isaac voices him in the upcoming Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Oscar Isaac’s version of the character made his film debut at the tail end of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse back in 2018. Now we should see the character fleshed out in a much greater capacity.

Spider-Man 2099, as his name implies, is a version of Spider-Man from a futuristic New York City (renamed Nueva York). His alter-ego is Miguel O’Hara, a brilliant Irish-Mexican geneticist who attempts to recreate the powers of the original Spider-Man. He eventually gains powers of his own after an accident causes his genetic code to be rewritten with Spider DNA.

Spider-Man 2099 has many similar powers to Spider-Man, but his webbing is organic. Additionally, he has advanced vision, talons, and venom that he can administer through biting foes. It will be interesting to see him fully fleshed out on the big screen when Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse hits theaters on June 2.

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