Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Frank Miller’s Ronin Gallery Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Graphitti Designs proudly presents FRANK MILLER’S RONIN GALLERY EDITION, featuring the story and art by Frank Miller that forever changed the world of graphic storytelling. Miller’s evolutionary stepping-stone between Daredevil and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS comes alive in this oversize format that it so richly deserves. This is the content that the Gallery Edition format was made for. Graphitti Designs, April 15, 2015 ISBN: 978140125457559999 13″ x 20″, 328 pages $195 USD Order Online: eBay, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing...

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Jack Kirby Mister Miracle Artist’s Edition

Content updated January 29, 2018. Following in the huge footsteps of the Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition comes another classic collection of Kirby Fourth Word beauty—Mister Miracle!  This latest Artist’s Edition collects SEVEN nearly complete Mister Miracle stories, including issues 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and more!  Mister Miracle was one of the core Fourth World books—a multi-generational epic that was one part King Lear and another part Star Wars.  One thing is for sure, you’ll never have a better chance to see the King’s cosmic opus any better than in the pages of this Artist’s...

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John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition

Content updated February 13, 2018. This is it, the John Romita Spider-Man book fans have been waiting for—Nearly 200 pages of prime John Romita Spider-Man art from his very earliest days on the title, and all but 10 are scanned from the original art (NOTE—we decided to add stats of those 10 pages to complete stories. So while this is an Artifact Edition, there are FOUR complete Romita Spider-Man stories in the book)! This over-sized (it’s as big as the recent STERANKO Artist’s Edition) Artifact Edition showcases the absolute peak of Romita’s tenure on Amazing Spider-Man from his first...

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Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition

Content updated February 12, 2018. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most enduring creation, Tarzan of the Apes! Joe Kubert was one of the most acclaimed comic artists ever. His career in comics lasted nearly 70 years. Throughout all those years his hallmarks have been a mastery of sequential storytelling and exceptionally fine drawing. Highlights of his career include work on Hawkman, Enemy Ace, Tor, Sgt. Rock, and the Viking Prince. But of all these exceptional artistic achievements one stands out: his remarkable adaption of ERB’s Tarzan. IDW Publishing, September 26, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-613774496 12″ x 17″, 152 pages $100 USD...

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Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition Volume Two

Content updated December 20, 2017. Will Eisner’s work on The Spirit was, in its way, as groundbreaking as Orson Welles‘ Citizen Kane. Both artistic achievements rewrote the book on sequential storytelling, and had lasting impacts on all that followed them. Volume two will contain stories from the same glorious post-war period of 1946 – 1950, along with some of the very best from Eisner’s run. If you are a fan of the first book (or are kicking yourself for missing it), make sure you don’t get caught short—it just doesn’t get any better than this! IDW Publishing, January 21, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-63140-146-6 15″ x 22″, 144 pages...

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Joe Kubert’s Tor Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Legendary creator Joe Kubert was responsible for an amazing stream of great works, for more than a sixty year period. Now, in his second IDW Artist’s Edition, we present Joe Kubert’s Tor: Artist’s Edition, collecting four oversized issues and covers, along with the rarely seen unpublished Newspaper strip of Tor by Kubert plus two unfinished Tor stories in pencil form by Kubert, all in the award-winning Artist’s Edition format. IDW Publishing, October 2013 ISBN: 978-1613777695 14″ x 20″, 144 pages $125 USD Suggested Order Online: Amazon.com, eBay, AbeBooks, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is...

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John Buscema’s Silver Surfer Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 19, 2017. John Buscema was one of the most important artists at Marvel Comics for decades. He produced gorgeous pencils for some of the most iconic characters at the House of Ideas, including The Avengers, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, and many more. But he is perhaps most acclaimed for his stunning rendition of the noble Silver Surfer! This Artist’s Edition will include Silver Surfer classics #5 and #6, both double-sized issues, as well as issue #8, a cover and classic page gallery, plus more! All done with the full endorsement and cooperation of...

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Joe Kubert Enemy Ace Artist’s Edition

Content updated January 30, 2018. In 1968, Bob Kanigher and Joe Kubert launched a new kind of war book, one that showed military conflicts from the other side of the coin. Thought by many to be Kubert’s most powerful work, Enemy Ace told the story of a World War I flyer who had a keen sense of honor and deep-rooted nobility. Kubert took this new concept and rose to the challenge. Today Enemy Ace remains one of Kubert’s great achievements. Collecting Star Spangled War Stories #139, 140, 141, 142, 144, as well as rare cover preliminaries by Kubert, and...

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Batman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. BATMAN: KELLEY JONES GALLERY EDITION is the first in a series of deluxe, hardcover books from Graphitti Designs that faithfully reproduces the original art from select, key DC Comics series. This inaugural volume contains the covers and interior pages from BATMAN #515 through #525, minus the interior of issue #520, which Kelley did not draw. These stories are written by Doug Moench, with most pages inked by John Beatty. Graphitti Designs, December 17, 2014 12″ x 17″, 248 pages ISBN: 978-1-4012-5443-8 $125 USD Order online: Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this...

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Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Celebrate the seminal work of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Thorne with this gorgeous hardcover collection, presenting for the first time the actual storyboard artwork from his complete 1976 run of swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja appearances in the Marvel Feature comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for the enjoyment of longtime She-Devil fans. Dynamite, April 2014 12″ x 17″, 120 pages ISBN: 978-1606904442 $150 USD Order Online:...

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Walter Simonson Manhunter and Other Stories Artist’s Edition

Content updated February 27, 2018. Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson was one of the most acclaimed series of the 1970s, winning numerous awards along the way—not bad for a backup feature that only ran seven episodes! NYCC will mark the launch of this Artist’s Edition that presents the original run of Manhunter, as well as a classic Batman story, Dr. Fate, Metal Men, and Captain Fear tales with a convention-variant cover. A wealth of classic material by a classic artist, and with nearly every page shot from the gorgeous original art, courtesy of the Simonson’s’ personal archives!...

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Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Basil Wolverton was one of the most unusual, innovative and influential cartoonists of all time. He drew the cover of a Life Magazine (the winner of Al Capp‘s legendary ugliest woman contest), early issues of Harvey Kurtzman‘s edited MAD Comics, and countless bizarre caricatures. This Artist’s Edition features an incredible array of comic book stories and pages, including Powerhouse Pepper and Spacehawk, a selection of his classic end of the world illustrations, and a good helping of zany characters of all manner, as only Wolverton could have done them! IDW Publishing, October 29, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-61377-910-1 15″ x 22″, 176 pages $125 USD Suggested Order Online: eBay, Things...

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Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Marvel Comics is the home of some of the greatest and most iconic cover images in the history of comics. This unique Artist’s Edition will feature an amazing “Best of” selection of gorgeous covers by a veritable who’s who of the medium. Arthur Adams, Gene Colan, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, John Romita, Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko and many more — there has never been a book like this before and you are not likely to see its ilk again anytime soon! IDW Publishing, September 2014 12″ x 17″, 144 pages ISBN 978-1631400933 $100 USD Suggested...

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Conan: Red Nails Original Art Archives Volume 1

Content updated December 18, 2017. Original Art Archives proudly presents the classic Conan tale RED NAILS as adapted by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith 40 years ago. The entire story as well as additional feature materials are presented in a deluxe 136 page slipcased hardcover edition measuring roughly 14×19 inches. The quality of the reproduction, presented at the actual size of the original art, is truly beyond compare. Authors: Robert E Howard, Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith Genesis West Publishing, September 2013 132 pages, 14″ x 19″ Slipcased hardcover; Full Colour illustrations ISBN: 9781467572156 $150 USD Order online:...

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Robocop Versus The Terminator Gallery Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. One of the most beloved comics crossovers of all time is back to usher in Dark Horse’s new gallery edition format—reprinting Walter Simonson’s original art exactly as it appeared on his drawing table twenty years ago! Relive Simonson and writer Frank Miller’s seamless blend of the RoboCop and Terminator worlds while marveling at the sheer virtuosity of Simonson’s draftsmanship in all its original glory. In addition to the full story, this edition provides the greatest insight available into Simonson’s process, with pages of his original pencils and promotional art faithfully reproduced, along with a...

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Dave Gibbons Watchmen Artifact Edition

Content updated December 19, 2017. Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it, and revitalized the entire art form that followed. It is the one book that nearly all comic readers know inside and out… or so you thought! Now, with the full assistance and cooperation of Dave Gibbons, comes Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen: Artifact Edition, crammed full of high-resolution scans shot directly from Gibbons’ original art. Covers, interiors, advertisements, portfolio pieces, and color guides—this is the ultimate collection of the...

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Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. The Jack Kirby New Gods: Artist’s Edition will collect Issues 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of NEW GODS—the most important Fourth World book. Written and drawn by Jack Kirby, with inks by Mike Royer on all but the first two issues, this classic collection was originally published by DC Comics and is the very first Artist’s Edition to feature the legendary artistic prowess of “King Kirby!” Nearly every page of this Artist’s Edition has been scanned from the original art, and is presented in the multi award-winning format that was conceived and...

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Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell and Other Stories Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years. His career was already firmly established for his outstanding work on characters like Batman, Wolverine, a myriad of beautiful covers and more… And then came Hellboy. Mike’s iconic creation struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut. This Artist’s Edition features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historic supplementary material: the first three Hellboy stories—the two initial four-pagers, produced...

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Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. In the mid-1960s, Jim Steranko burst into the Marvel Age of comics in a BIG way, and the innovative, cinematic techniques he introduced in his brief tenure at The House of Ideas stand to this day as a high-water mark in the history of graphic storytelling. More than any other series, Steranko is most associated with Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. This Artist’s Edition collects the first 12 stories of Steranko’s run, from Strange Tales #151 — #162, as well as all his covers from these issues. Additionally, there will be a select number of...

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Alien: The Illustrated Story, The Original Art Edition

Content updated December 18, 2017. Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to the comic book page. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released in time to coincide with Scott’s latest opus Prometheus) has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio — presenting for the very first time the definitive artist’s edition of the greatest sci-fi horror ever produced. It collects Alien: The Illustrated Story b/w comic strip, scanned from the artist’s original art boards, plus an in-depth interview with Simonson, the original script pages, colour tryouts...

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