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December 2019 Solicitations

Diamond has updated Previewsworld with the October 2019 catalogue, for items shipping December 2019 or later. Scouring the full list this month shows two new Artist’s Edition format books.

Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition

By 1975 the X-Men had been relegated to reprint status for a number of years, and the title was not a safe bet to become one of the most popular comic book franchises of all time-but with the launch that year of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1, by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, that is precisely what happened! Dave Cockrum was the artist and architect of this newly revamped team, and he co-created Storm, Colossus, and, perhaps most notably, Nightcrawler. After the runaway success of Giant-Size X-Men #1, the title began producing all-new stories with X-Men #94… and the rest is the stuff comic book dreams are made of!

This Artifact Edition contains more than 100 pages from Cockrum’s initial run on X-Men, as well as some pages when the artist returned later for a second run on the characters several years later. As with all Artist’s Edition style books from IDW Publishing (which have so far won six Eisner Awards), the pages presented were all scanned from Cockrum’s actual original art and are printed at the same size they were drawn, mimicking the look and feel of the artist’s hand-drawn work. As an added bonus, there is a gallery section featuring covers, sketches, and a few surprises-this is an art book MADE for fans of Dave Cockrum’s X-Men art!

Nexus: The Newspaper Strips Volume 1—The Coming of Gourmando Artist’s Edition

Something long dormant beneath the surface of Ylum comes alive, triggering a visit from the planet-devouring Gourmando and his mysterious ally. With powers far beyond those of even Nexus himself, this unstoppable being banishes Nexus to an unknown realm—and the only way out is to face one’s worst fears! Mike Baron and Steve Rude deliver a new Nexus adventure in this special collection that also includes the newly remastered “Nexus: The Origin” comic and the classic Rude hand-painted Sundra story, “When She was Young.”

  • Publication Date: February 19, 2020
  • ISBN: 978-1-50671-435-6
  • 12″ x 17″ 
  • 184 pages
  • $99 USD
  • Order Online: AmazonThings From Another World, Forbidden Planet

By Scott VanderPloeg

Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at Comic Book Daily and eBabble. Modest art collection at Comic Art Fans.