In the new Marvel Civil War
series of comic books Spiderman reveals
his secret identity in a press conference.
"I'm proud of who I am, and I'm here right now to prove it," the legendary webslinger tells a press conference called in New York's Times Square, before pulling off his mask and standing before the massed ranks of reporters as newspaper photographer Peter Parker.
"Any questions?" Parker asks in the final panel of the issue, amid a barrage of camera flashes.
In a statement, Marvel trumpeted the revelation as "arguably the most shocking event in comic book history."
The seven-issue "Civil War" series, launched in May, sees Marvel's writers taking on the topical issue of civil liberties.
Marvel's seven part Civil War series focuses on civil liberties and includes a new federal law called the Super-Hero Registration Act that requires superheros to register with the government as "living weapons of mass destruction." Marvel.com also has a press release
about Spiderman's shocking press conference.