Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck Artist’s Edition

Michael Kaluta is one of the most revered and versatile artists in comics and illustration. He is frequently recognized as the definitive artist of The Shadow, has been praised for his Lord of the Rings paintings, and illustrated the Metropolis novel. He was also part of the legendary artist’s collective (along with Jeff Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson) known simply as THE STUDIO. But if any project is closest to the artist’s heart it would be Starstruck, an ongoing space-fantasy that began in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine in 1982, was a Marvel Comics Graphic Novel in...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 6

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a long look at AE MIA: Missing After Announcing, April 2017 Previews, Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales February 2017, February 2017 Sales Numbers, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition, and Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition.

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AE MIA: Missing After Announcing

The Artist’s Edition format has only been around for seven years, but it’s already garnered some missing in action volumes. Publishers like to announce upcoming books at conventions or through advance book solicitations, but then they never materialize. Let’s take a look at what has been announced but yet to see print, in chronological order.   At SDCC 2013 a slew of Artist’s Editions were announced, all of which saw print except Walter Simonson’s Star Slammers Artist’s Edition. It never went beyond this announcement, but IDW did publish a deluxe hardcover of the existing material.   Just before NYCC...

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April 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the April 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition format book and one new printing. And for the first time a self-published AE book will be available, after having successfully met its Kickstarter goal. If you want one get in there quick! For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index.   Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Art Daily and Sunday Archive Hermes and Paws have come together to treat the world to a compendium of the greatest examples of original artwork from classic Garfield daily and...

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John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition

IDW proudly presents JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting six complete stories by the great John Romita, arguably the definitive Spider-Man artist. Each page is scanned from the original art, same size as drawn, and in full color (in insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and each book is shipped in a custom cardboard box for maximum protection. Brought to you by the same team responsible for the Eisner Award-winning Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: The Artist’s Edition, as well as Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: The Artist’s Edition. IDW Publishing, February...

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales February 2017

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking out of print standard editions on eBay, Sold listings. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used. Title Publisher Ship Date # Of Sales Average Price Star Wars: Dark Times Gallery...

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Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition

IDW Publishing and the estate of Dave Stevens are pleased to announce a very special book honoring the work of this esteemed creator. Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be a mammoth 12” x 17” hardcover book printed in glorious black and white. Nearly every page in The Rocketeer has been scanned in color from Stevens’ original art to ensure the best possible reproduction and highest degree of accuracy. Printed on uncoated stock and at the same size as the original art, Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be the next best thing to holding the actual...

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February 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their February 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts. For the purposes of the AE Index, where we record initial sales month, one Artist Edition style book published in February 2017 made the sales chart. # Title Sold 289 Alex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition 338 NN America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition NN Item 300...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 5

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a long look at IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numbering, shipping changes, March 2017 Previews, January 2017 Sales Numbers, Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales January 2017, America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition, Alex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition, and Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition.

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Alex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition

Of every comics story Alex Toth ever drew, the only one that he kept the complete original art to was Bravo for Adventure. This Artist’s Edition is a virtual “how-to” course in drawing comics the Toth way. We see how he would draw all the detail in a scene, only to black it out in order to focus the reader’s eye on what really counted. “Simplify, simplify, simplify,” he said. Also included are variant versions of the Bravo saga featuring Noah Chance and the experimental aircraft called Condor, plus dozens of never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, as...

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March 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the March 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows three new Artist Edition format books, including a new publisher entering the fold. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index.   Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition Sam Kieth’s unforgettable depiction of the Dark Knight fills the pages on the new BATMAN: SECRETS—SAM KIETH GALLERY EDITION. Focusing on Kieth’s artwork from the 124-page BATMAN: SECRETS series, this large-format, Smythe-sewn hardcover edition is sourced from and captures the look and feel of the original boards. Rounding out this 248- page...

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January 2017 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their January 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. Also worth noting is Diamond’s Top Ten Books. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts. For the purposes of the AE Index, where we record initial sales month, two Artist Edition style books published in January 2017 made the sales chart. # Title Sold 85 Jack Kirby’s The Fantastic Four...

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Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition

The third IDW Artist’s Edition (Following Dave Steven’s Rocketeer and Walter Simonson’s Thor) focuses on one of the all time greatest comic book artists, and at the absolute peak of his creative powers: Wally Wood. EC Comics was quite likely the finest comics line ever produced, and Wally Wood was one of their mainstays who set an incredibly high artistic standard. This volume will contain a wonderful selection of stories in original art form by Wood, including: MY WORLD, CAME THE DAWN, MARS IS HEAVEN, HE WALKED AMONG US, and more. Additionally, there will be a fantastic cover gallery...

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IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numbering

IDW numbers their Artist’s Editions, and has for some time. Here is a complete list of all Artist’s Editions sorted by publication date. Name Ship Date Number Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition 08/18/10 First Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition 08/03/11 Second John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition 02/01/12 Fourth Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition 02/22/12 Third David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition 06/27/12 Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer Artist’s Edition 07/25/12 Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition 09/26/12 Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition 01/09/13 MAD Artist’s Edition 01/23/13 Will...

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America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition

Alan Moore was the braintrust behind America’s Best Comics, one of the most acclaimed imprints in the history of comics. Comprised of four main titles: Tom Strong, Top10, Promethea, and the anthology Tomorrow Stories, the ABC line paired Moore with the finest artists in comics. This volume will present a beautiful overview of the ABC line, including complete stories from Promethea #10 (Eisner Award-winner for best issue of the year) and Top 10 #7. Additionally, a fine selection of shorter stories featuring Tom Strong, Jack B. Quick, Splash Brannigan, and Greyshirt will be included. Plus a stunning gallery section....

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Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales January 2017

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print. We’re only tracking out of print standard editions on eBay, Sold listings. If there are no sales for the reported month the previous month’s average will be used. Title Publisher Ship Date # Of Sales Average Price Star Wars: Dark Times Gallery Edition Dark Horse...

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Artist’s Edition Index Podcast Episode 4

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition.

This month we take a long look at 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards, Defining the AE formats, shipping changes, February 2017 Previews solicitations, December 2016 current sales, out of print eBay sales, Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s Edition, Sergio Aragones Groo The Wanderer Artist’s Edition, and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition.

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The Results Are In: The 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards Winners

First and foremost we’d like to thank all those who voted in the 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards. Here are the results; a hearty congratulations to all our winners!   Winner of Best Design: Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection. John Lind, designer. Review.   Winner of Best Reproduction and Scanning Quality: Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection. John Lind, editor. Review.   Winner of Favourite Material: a tie! Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition. Scott Dunbier, editor. Review. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller Gallery Edition. Bob Chapman, editor. Review.  ...

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Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four. World-shattering events, cosmic calamities, and Kirby Krackle—does it get any better? Jack Kirby is the most important creator in the history of comics, and the Fantastic Four is one of his greatest achievements. First published in 1961, the adventures of Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, the Invisible Girl and the ever-loving Thing introduced a bold new era in comics. Kirby’s dynamic storytelling, coupled with Stan Lee’s poignant writing style, were unlike anything comic book readers had seen before—it literally ushered in THE MARVEL AGE OF COMICS! Now, with the cooperation of the Jack Kirby Estate...

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February 2017 Previews

Diamond has updated Previews World with the February 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition book, advance solicited for June 2017 shipping. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. The fate of Earth and Asgard hang in the Balance as Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and tons of guest-stars do battle Surtur and his horde of invading demons! The second Thor Artist’s Edition by the legendary comics’ creator Walter Simonson! Featuring six complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349 – 354). As with all Artist’s Editions, each page of art scanned from the...

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