IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numbering 2020

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. I originally posted this in February 2017 but a lot has come up since then and there are more missing numbers so it seemed like a good time to revisit.

NameShip DateNumber
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition08/18/10First
Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition08/03/11Second
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition02/01/12Fourth
Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition02/22/12Third
David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition06/27/12 
Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer Artist’s Edition07/25/12 
Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition09/26/12 
Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition01/09/13 
MAD Artist’s Edition01/23/13 
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition04/10/13 
Jack Davis’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition05/01/13 
John Byrne’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition06/26/13 
Best Of EC Comics Volume One Artist’s Edition07/10/13 
Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales Artist’s Edition08/14/13 
Joe Kubert’s Tor Artist’s Edition10/30/13 
Jeff Smith’s Bone: The Great Cow Race Artist’s Edition11/06/13 
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 Artist’s Edition01/29/14 
Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition05/14/1419
Charles M. Schulz Peanuts Artist’s Edition06/18/1421
Steranko Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition07/16/1422
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell And Other Stories Artist’s Edition07/23/1423
Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition09/24/1424
Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition10/29/1418
Walter Simonson Manhunter and Other Stories Artist’s Edition11/05/1425
John Buscema’s Silver Surfer Artist’s Edition12/10/1426
Joe Kubert Enemy Ace Artist’s Edition12/24/1428
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition Volume 201/21/1527
Jack Kirby Mister Miracle Artist’s Edition03/18/1529
Best Of EC: Volume Two Artist’s Edition04/22/1530
Jack Kirby Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition06/10/1533
Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition06/24/1532
Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition07/01/1535
Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist’s Edition07/22/1534
Joe Kubert’s The Return Of Tarzan Artist’s Edition10/21/1537
Herb Trimpe’s The Incredible Hulk Artist’s Edition11/11/1536
Sam Kieth’s The Maxx Artist’s Edition02/24/1638
Graham Ingels’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition03/02/1639
Best Of DC War Artist’s Edition06/29/1640
Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition07/06/1642
Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition07/13/1641
Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head Artist’s Edition08/31/1643
Marvel Covers: The Modern Era Artist’s Edition09/14/1644
Jack Kirby Kamandi Artist’s Edition Vol 210/05/1645
Chris Samnee’s Daredevil: Artist’s Edition01/04/1746
Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition01/25/1749
America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition02/01/1747
Alex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition2017/02/2248
Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck Artist’s Edition2017/03/2250
Reed Crandall’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition2017/05/1051
Jack Kirby The Forever People Artist’s Edition2017/06/1452
Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor The Return Of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition2017/06/2853
Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four: The World’s Greatest Artist’s Edition2017/08/0254
Gene Colan’s Tomb Of Dracula Artist’s Edition2018/01/1756
Ross Andru’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition2018/03/2857
Joe Kubert’s Tarzan and the Lion Man Artist’s Edition2018/04/1858
Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition2018/06/2759
Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes And Monsters Artist’s Edition2018/08/0161
Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition2019/06/1262
Walter Simonson Star Wars Artist’s Edition2019/08/0763
Michael Golden’s Micronauts Artist’s Edition2020/11/0464

Numbering began right at the beginning, with Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, mentioning on the “About This Edition” page that this was hopefully the first volume in an ongoing series. This continued through the next three Artist’s Editions. By the time David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition is published this numbering format is dropped, replaced with “part of an ongoing series”.

A standard format of numbering began with Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition, with a listing in the colophon “Artist’s Edition #19”. The numbering of the volumes in this manner starts with #18, Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition, but that was almost a year late so it shows up after numbers 19-24 have been published.

Looking at the list one can see a few numbers missing: 20, 31, 55, and 60. The coveted and long-delayed Steranko Artist’s Edition Volume 2 falls right into the dates for number 31. The oft-delayed Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol. 2 Artist’s Edition could be number 55 or 60. As for number 20, it’s anyone’s guess. Could be as simple as accidentally skipping a number.

When I asked Scott Dunbier about this he joked “Hey, never said I was good at math!“.

The Artifact Editions have all been numbered, and the numbering has been consistent and accurate.

NameShip DateNumber
Dave Gibbons Watchmen Artifact Edition2014/08/131
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition2015/04/012
Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition2015/08/053
Miracleman Artifact Edition2015/11/044
Star Wars Artifact Edition2015/12/235
Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition2017/11/016
Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition2018/08/087
John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition2018/08/158
Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… and Assassins… Artifact Edition2018/10/319
Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition2019/01/0210
John Byrne’s Marvel Classics Artifact Edition2019/10/0911
Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition2020/06/2412

The only way to truly know where the missing numbers went and why the numbering stopped for fourteen volumes is for Scott Dunbier to tell us…