Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition

Williamson’s classic run on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is legendary among fans of classic comic art. His heroic adventure style was perfectly suited for the Star Wars franchise—so much so that Williamson was George Lucas’ first choice for the Star Wars newspaper comic strip (which he would later go on to draw). This incredible Artist’s Edition collects the entire Empire Strikes Back film adaptation (Originally published in Star Wars #39 – 44), plus the complete Star Wars #98, a Han Solo adventure. Additionally, select pages from Return of the Jedi and other Star Wars pages and pin-ups by Al...

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Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition Announced At SDCC

Announced at San Diego Comic Con this afternoon, Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition will contain Fantastic Four issues 82-84 and Annual 6, inked by Joe Sinnott, and be published in January 2017.   The complete press release is here, but ends with this salient quote from Scott Dunbier: “What better way is there to kick off Jack Kirby’s centennial birthday year than by releasing our first Kirby Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition?” said editor (and life-long Kirby fan) Scott Dunbier. “And did you catch how I said...

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Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition

Jack Kirby was the most important and influential artist in comics history. He co-created most of the Marvel Universe, including Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, The Silver Surfer, and so many others — as writer, artist, innovator, his legacy is unparalleled. This very special Artist’s Edition features The Mighty Thor, one of the key characters from the fabled Marvel Age of Comics — all the grandeur and energy that infused Kirby’s work is evident here. Classic complete stories are presented from Journey Into Mystery #111, #117, #118, Thor #134 and #135, and...

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Scott Dunbier talks Artist’s Editions on Felix Comic Art Podcast

On the Felix Comic Art Podcast Scott Dunbier talks about original art, dealing, publishing and Artist’s Editions. If you want to skip ahead to hear about the origins of Artist’s Editions go to the 38 minute mark. http://traffic.libsyn.com/felixcomicart/6_-_Felix_Comic_Art_Podcast_-_Scott_Dunbier.mp3 Be sure to check out this episode for notes and a link to a video tour of some of Dunbier’s...

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June 2016 Sales Numbers

The June 2016 sales numbers from Diamond have been released and tabulated by ICv2 to include total numbers: Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual – June 2016. No comics publisher releases sales numbers, but Diamond does for the top 300 comics and graphic novels, and the top ten books, toys and games: Diamond Top Products June 2016. Artist’s Edition books can end up on either the graphic novel or book list, depending on how it’s categorized. The only Artist’s Edition book published in June 2016 was The Best Of DC War Artist’s Edition, but it doesn’t make the list which ends...

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Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Vol 2

Following-up on the best-selling, and soon to be sold out Volume 1, celebrate fantasy illustration’s shining star with Frank Thorne’s second Red Sonja Art Edition! The consummate She-Devil artist shares his original storyboards from the first six issues of the acclaimed 1977 Red Sonja comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, this gorgeous hardcover collection preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for all to enjoy. Dynamite, February 11, 2015 ISBN: 978-1606904756 12″ x 17″, 128 pages $150 USD Order online: Amazon, AbeBooks, eBay, Things From Another World As...

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Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez

No need for a preview: our review of Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez is now available. Courtesy of Edelweiss’ online catalog of upcoming books and some Amazon fishing comes news of Fantagraphics’ second Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez. In the Felix Comic Art Podcast Scott Dunbier mentioned he had pursued Jaime for an Artist’s Edition but that didn’t happen because of this new volume. Fantagraphics, October 25, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-60699-996-7 Diamond Item Code: not yet listed 11.3” x 14.5”, 192 pages $150 USD Order Online: Amazon.com,...

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Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition

This Artifact Editions will collect more than 20 Miller covers, and a staggering display of pages—all shot from the original art—including many from key issues such as the introduction of Elektra… and the death of Elektra! Additionally, a selection of pages from Wolverine and Spider-Man will also be showcased. If you are a fan of Frank Miller’s classic storytelling then this is the Artifact edition for you! IDW Publishing, August 5, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-63140-352-1 12″ x 17″, 144 pages $100 USD Order Online: eBay, AbeBooks, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll...

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Jose Gonzalez’s Vampirella Art Edition Vol 1

Celebrate the extraordinary work of Jose Gonzalez, an unparalleled master of horror illustration, with this gorgeous hardcover collection, presenting for the first time actual storyboard artwork spanning his years as the preeminent Vampirella artist! Eleven captivating and creepy tales appear in their entirety, stories ranging over ten years from Vampirella Magazine #15 (January 1972) to issue #112 (March 1983). Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, Jose Gonzalez’s Vampirella Art Edition preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, a true treasure for longtime Vampi fans. Includes stories from Vampirella 15-16, 19, 21, 23,...

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Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Artist’s Edition Vol 1

Rosa’s Eisner-award winning work on The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, told the story of the penny-pinching mallard’s early days before he made his legendary fortune. “Don Rosa’s stories are as fresh and entertaining today as they were when I first read them 25 years ago,” said IDW Special Projects Director, Scott Dunbier. “They are timeless treasures.” IDW Publishing, June 24, 2015 ISBN: 978-163140-301-9 14″ x 20″, 160 pages $125 USD Order Online: eBay, AbeBooks, 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 the book and not the story. For...

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller Gallery Edition

Sourced from the original art that has been scanned from collectors worldwide, this is the collection we’ve all been waiting for. Featured within the hardcovers of this Smythe-sewn edition is Miller’s artwork from DKR #1-4, scanned in full color from the original black-and-white pages. Also included are the covers, related art and previously unpublished pieces showcasing Miller’s artwork as never seen before. Graphitti Designs, May 18, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-4012-6443-7 13″ x 20″, 216 pages $175 USD Order online: 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 the book...

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Wallace Wood Presents Shattuck Original Art Edition

Along with Wallace Wood’s trademark 1970s Sally Forth and Cannon strips that ran in the Overseas Weekly military newspaper, Wood created a super-rare third strip, a sexy western, produced in 1972, named Shattuck. Wood originally conceived of, co-wrote (with Nick Cuti), and drew the layouts for Shattuck as a vehicle for his studio-mate, Golden Age Captain America artist Syd Shores, but turned it over instead to two young up-and-comers —Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!, Black Kiss) and the now-legendary X-Men artist, Dave Cockrum. Shattuck, the historic, very first credited ongoing feature for both Chaykin and Cockrum, has never been re-published or collected since it first appeared in Overseas Weekly...

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Elfquest Gallery Edition

ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, as Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy adventure! This oversized gallery edition collects the first five issues of The Original Quest, “Fire and Flight.” Each page is carefully scanned from Wendy’s original art to capture every stroke and detail. Dark Horse, October 8, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-61655-411-8 12″ x 17″, 176 pages $125 USD Order Online: Amazon, eBay, AbeBooks, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be...

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Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition

IDW, in cooperation with MARVEL Comics, proudly presents WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST”S EDITION, collecting seven complete issues of Simonson’s Transcendent run on The Mighty Thor, including the groundbreaking first arc that introduced Beta Ray Bill. Each page is scanned from the original art, same size as drawn, and in full color (in insure the best possible reproduction). IDW Publications, August 3, 2011 ISBN: 978-161377-038-2 12″ x 17″, 176 pages $100 USD Order Online: Amazon, eBay, AbeBooks, 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 the book and not the story. For...

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Graham Ingels’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition

EC Comics produced what is arguably the finest line of comics ever, and of all their titles, the horror books were the most popular. And the most acclaimed of the horror artists was Graham “Ghastly” Ingels, whose particular talents influenced and inspired several generations of artists, including the great Bernie Wrightson. This Artist’s Edition will include a sampling of Ingels’ best stories, and a selection of some of his most terrifying covers–this volume will make a worthy companion to the Wally Wood, Jack Davis and the Best Of EC editions! IDW Publishing, March 02, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-63140-496-2 15″ x 22″, 152 pages...

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The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Kevin O’Neill Gallery Edition

As the Victorian era draws to a close, Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde and Mina Murray have been gathered together to save their nation. Now, the original adventures of this group have been collected and sourced from the original art for the first time ever in THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: KEVIN O’NEILL GALLERY EDITION. This Smythe-sewn hardcover edition includes all of Kevin O’Neill’s artwork from the original six-issue THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN miniseries Vol. I, scanned in full color from the original art boards. Also included are the covers and...

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Star Wars: Dark Times Gallery Edition

High quality scans of Douglas Wheatley’s original art, plus a feature not seen in other “artist’s editions”—the complete scripts from which Wheatley worked, allowing readers to see where he chose to stick to the script, or revise the art to better suit the story. Includes Star Wars: Dark Times #1–#5. Dark Horse, November 5, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-61655-675-4 9″ x 13″, 248 pages $99 USD Order Online: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, AbeBooks, eBay As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing the book and not the story. For a complete list of all current and announced...

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The Sandman Gallery Edition

Features stories by Neil Gaiman and art by Sam Kieth, P. Craig Russell, Charles Vess, Kelley Jones and others. Highlights include the complete art from The Sandman #1, by Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, and P. Craig Russell’s complete art for The Sandman: The Dream Hunters graphic novel. This unique volume also includes numerous pages from The Sandman #2-75, as well as the complete six-page tale “Death: A Winter’s Tale” from Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2, illustrated by Jeffrey Jones. Graphitti Designs, December 09, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-4012-5923-5 13″ x 20″, 272 pages $175 USD Order Online: eBay, AbeBooks, Things From Another World As with all original artist’s gallery editions this...

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P. Craig Russell’s Murder Mysteries and Other Stories Gallery Edition

This gallery edition features high-quality scans of master illustrator P. Craig Russell’s original art, printed at art-board size, in a collection of stunning, complete adaptations of works by Neil Gaiman, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Mike Mignola, Clive Barker, and Oscar Wilde; the Spirit story “Art Walk”; and much more stunning artwork by this legendary graphic storyteller. Dark Horse, October 28, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-61655-834-5 12″ x 17″ 232 pages $125 USD Order Online: Amazon, 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 the book and not the story. For a...

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