Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition
Todd McFarlane’s gorgeous work on Spider-Man was nothing less than groundbreaking. His intense version of the web-slinging wallcrawler took the character to new heights—instilling in the character a sense of energy and vitality rarely seen before. First, in The Amazing Spider-Man, written by David Michelinie, and then in a spin-off series, with both story and art by McFarlane.
McFarlane took each character and made them his own—classic villains like the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Sandman, the Vulture, the Lizard, plus his classic interpretations of some of Marvel’s greatest heroes, the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine! And let’s not forget his alluring Mary Jane!
McFarlane was also the co-creator of one of the most infamous new characters in years, the villainous VENOM—a number of pages featuring this iconic character are presented within these pages.
And while an Artist’s Edition appears to be in black and white, each page in this volume has been painstakingly scanned from McFarlane’s hand-drawn art, allowing the reader to experience the artist’s originals as never before, seeing for the first time all the subtle nuances that make original art so unique and special. Blue pencils, ink gradients, corrections, all are completely visible. The only way to better experience these pages would be if you were in McFarlane’s studio as he was drawing them!
And while there are no complete stories presented in this book, there are many examples of McFarlane’s classic storytelling, filled with kinetic energy…and, oh, those WEBS!
- Publication date: September 20, 2022
- ISBN 978-1-68405-932-4
- 192 pages
- $150 USD
- Order online: Amazon
It’s worth noting that last paragraph: we’re getting an Artist’s Edition without any complete stories. I’ll be digging into this.
As well Dan DeCarlo’s Archie and Friends Artist’s Edition was pulled from the Penguin Random House solicitations I posted on March 9: the page now displays an error. I usually add pages to the Wayback Machine for future reference but didn’t get a chance on this one. I would expect this Artist’s Edition to be announced again at a later date.
Here’s the official press release with more information; check it out to see some original art.
IDW Publishing Announces Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition
The Artwork That Defined Marvel’s Spider-Man for A Generation
Dazzles in Multiple Eisner Award-Winning Artist’s Edition Line
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 28, 2022) – In September, IDW will celebrate the dynamic artwork and storytelling of industry icon Todd McFarlane with the addition of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition to its multiple Eisner Award-winning line. Experience one of the most acclaimed runs in Spider-Man history like never before!
Todd McFarlane’s gorgeous work on Spider-Man was nothing less than groundbreaking. His intense version of the web-slinging wallcrawler took the character to new heights, instilling in the character a new sense of energy and vitality—first in The Amazing Spider-Man, written by David Michelinie, and then in a spin-off series, with both art and story by McFarlane himself. The impact that his dynamic artwork has had on the comics industry—on his legions of fans and the artists who have been inspired by and have emulated him—is truly immeasurable.
“The impact that McFarlane had on the comics industry was like a thunderbolt striking the art form, and his work continues to resonate to this day with fans the world over,” says Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Director of Special Projects and award-winning originator of the Artist’s Edition format.
This Artist’s Edition will include nearly 100 pages of interior art selected from 24 issues of his consequential The Amazing Spider-Man run, almost 60 pages from his record-setting Spider-Man series, and 25 covers spanning such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Marvel Age, Marvel Tales, and more.
Classic villains like the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Sandman, the Vulture, Morbius, and the Lizard all make appearances in this Artist’s Edition, as do the Hulk, Wolverine, and the ever-delightful Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Plus, one of the most infamous characters introduced in that era—the villainous Venom, co-created by McFarlane—takes the spotlight in a number of pages, including his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #299!
As with all Artist’s Editions, each gorgeous plate will be reproduced from meticulous scans of the original art, with all the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique—a perfect representation of the work in its original form.
Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition is available for pre-order via booksellers and comic book specialty retailers.
Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition
By Todd McFarlane & David Michelinie
$150.00 US / $195.00 CAN
192-page, black-and-white hardcover, 14″ x 21″
On Sale: September 21, 2022