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Old 04-16-2024, 12:42 AM   #1
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IDW Artist Edition Thread

Haven't seen much discussion on these so I thought I'd start a dedicated thread. They're pricey (retail for $150, I believe).

Let's include Artist Edition, Artifact Edition and Artisan Edition. From IDW's website, here's the description of each:

Artist's Editions

AN ARTIST?S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART.


While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art?for instance, corrections and blue pencils. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

Artifact Editions

Like an Artist?s Edition, an Artifact Edition presents pages scanned from the actual original art. While the Artist?s Edition line produces only complete stories, Artifact Editions allow IDW to present books even if all of the original art cannot be obtained, and will include extras such as advertisements, portfolio pieces, colour guides, and more.

Artisan Editions

Introducing a new format within the Artist?s Edition brand?the Artisan Edition! Softcover format, 8 x 12 inches, but still collecting complete stories that are all painstakingly scanned from the original art. An Artisan edition is done to the same exacting quality standards as IDW?s award-winning Artist?s Edition series, just at a smaller (and more manageable!) size.
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In no particular order, here's my collection of these absolutely beautiful editions:

- Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition (signed for me by Walt at SDCC '11)
- Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four Artist's Edition
- John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition
- Gil Kane's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition
- The Best of EC Artist's Edition, vol 1
- The Best of EC Artist's Edition, vol 1
- Jack Kirby's Marvel Heroes and Monsters
- Jack Kirby's The Mighty Thor Artist' Edition
- John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artisan Edition
- Will Eisner's The Spirit Artist's Edition
- Steranko Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD Artist's Edition
- Jack Davis EC Stories Artist's Edition
- Gene Colan's Tomb of Dracula Artist's Edition
- John Buscema's Silver Surfer Artist's Edition
- David Mazzuchelli's Daredevil Born Again Artist's Edition (special addition, signed by Mazz and in special slipcase)
- Walter Simonson's Thor The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist's Edition
- Frank Miller's Daredevil Artifact Edition
- Joe Kubert Enemy Ace Artist's Edition
- Jim Starlin's Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition
- Joe Kubert's Tarzan of the Apes Artist's Edition
- Jack Kirby Kamandi The Last Boy on Earth Artist's Edition
- Jack Kirby Mr. Miracle Artist's Edition

As absolutely amazing as all of these are, especially the signed Mazzuchelli and Simonson books, my favorites are the Gene Colan Tomb of Dracula and the Joe Kubert Enemy Ace books. Seeing these two in their original art form are simply breathtaking!!
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Later this year the David Mazzuchelli Batman Year One Artist’s Edition and the Neal Adams Artifact Edition both come out!
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Old 04-16-2024, 08:36 AM   #4
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I have 2. Both Joe Kubert editions. I have his Tarzan & his Tor. Don't get me wrong, I love them both & have within the past week, reread my Tor, which is a masterpiece. That being said, logistically they're a pain in the a$$. I can't display them because they're just too big. Reading them is tough ... because they're too big. I keep mine in their boxes which doesn't grab the eye at all. When I eventually sell them, how in the heck will I ship them?
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Old 04-16-2024, 10:30 AM   #5
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In no particular order, here's my collection of these absolutely beautiful editions:

- John Byrne X-Men
- John Byrne Avengers
- John Buscema Avengers
- Jim Lee X-Men
- Todd McFarlane Spiderman
- Frank Miller Dark Knight (Graphitti Designs)
- Sam Keith Batman (Graphitti Designs)
- William III Sandman Overture (Graphitti Designs)
- Michael Turner - Superman Batman (Graphitti Designs)
- Sandman collection (Graphitti designs)
- Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor
- Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four
- John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1
- John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2
- John Romita Spider-Man newspaper strips
- Gil Kane's The Amazing Spider-Man
- The Best of EC Artist's Edition, vol 1
- Rocketeer Dave Stevens
- Will Eisner's The Spirit
- Steranko Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD
- John Buscema's Silver Surfer
- David Mazzuchelli's Daredevil Born Again
- Walter Simonson's Thor The Return of Beta Ray Bill
- Charles Schultz - Peanuts
- Herb Trimpe - Hulk
- Jeff Smith Bone
- Mike Mignola Hellboy
- Simonson Star Wars
- Simonson Manhunter
- Powell Goon
- Jack Kirby New Gods
- EC Jack Davis
- Mark Schultz Xenozoic Tales
- Kelly Jones Batman (graphitti designs)
- Marvel covers - various artists

I'm sure I have a few more. Love these!
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In no particular order, here's my collection of these absolutely beautiful editions:

- John Byrne X-Men
- John Byrne Avengers
- John Buscema Avengers
- Jim Lee X-Men
- Todd McFarlane Spiderman
- Frank Miller Dark Knight (Graphitti Designs)
- Sam Keith Batman (Graphitti Designs)
- William III Sandman Overture (Graphitti Designs)
- Michael Turner - Superman Batman (Graphitti Designs)
- Sandman collection (Graphitti designs)
- Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor
- Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four
- John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1
- John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2
- John Romita Spider-Man newspaper strips
- Gil Kane's The Amazing Spider-Man
- The Best of EC Artist's Edition, vol 1
- Rocketeer Dave Stevens
- Will Eisner's The Spirit
- Steranko Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD
- John Buscema's Silver Surfer
- David Mazzuchelli's Daredevil Born Again
- Walter Simonson's Thor The Return of Beta Ray Bill
- Charles Schultz - Peanuts
- Herb Trimpe - Hulk
- Jeff Smith Bone
- Mike Mignola Hellboy
- Simonson Star Wars
- Simonson Manhunter
- Powell Goon
- Jack Kirby New Gods
- EC Jack Davis
- Mark Schultz Xenozoic Tales
- Kelly Jones Batman (graphitti designs)
- Marvel covers - various artists

I'm sure I have a few more. Love these!
Looks like you and I have many of the same volumes. I?ve also got some of these same Graphitti Designs books; however, I didn?t include this as I meant for this thread to be more about the IDW products.
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I have 2. Both Joe Kubert editions. I have his Tarzan & his Tor. Don't get me wrong, I love them both & have within the past week, reread my Tor, which is a masterpiece. That being said, logistically they're a pain in the a$$. I can't display them because they're just too big. Reading them is tough ... because they're too big. I keep mine in their boxes which doesn't grab the eye at all. When I eventually sell them, how in the heck will I ship them?
Jerry, I agree. Logistically, these books are awkward as hell to store, display and even read. That said, I love reviewing the art in its original drawing board size!

I?ve got mine stacked in several piles on both tiers of my basement two-tier coffee table. It?s the only way I can think to display or show them.
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Jerry, I agree. Logistically, these books are awkward as hell to store, display and even read. That said, I love reviewing the art in its original drawing board size!

I?ve got mine stacked in several piles on both tiers of my basement two-tier coffee table. It?s the only way I can think to display or show them.


Did you keep their boxes?
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Did you keep their boxes?
I did! Did you?
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I did! Did you?
Absotoootly. What statue card-carrying statue collector would ever think of throwing out boxes!

I just wish there was a better way to display or shelf them.
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