IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numbering 2023

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 and then updated it in 2020 but a lot has come up since then and there are more missing numbers so it seemed like a good time to revisit and wrap up.

Use the arrows to sort by column. Books with no printed series number are marked with an asterisk.

TitleRelease DateNumber
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition2010/08/1801
Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition2011/08/0302
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition2012/02/0104
Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition2012/02/2203
David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition2012/06/27*
Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer Artist’s Edition2012/07/25*
Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition2012/09/26*
Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition2013/01/09*
MAD Artist’s Edition2013/01/23*
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition2013/04/10*
Jack Davis’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition2013/05/01*
John Byrne’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition2013/06/26*
Best Of EC Comics Volume One Artist’s Edition2013/07/10*
Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales Artist’s Edition2013/08/14*
Joe Kubert’s Tor Artist’s Edition2013/10/30*
Jeff Smith’s Bone: The Great Cow Race Artist’s Edition2013/11/06*
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 Artist’s Edition2014/01/29*
Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition2014/05/1419
Charles M. Schulz Peanuts Artist’s Edition2014/06/1821
Steranko Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition2014/07/1622
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell And Other Stories Artist’s Edition2014/07/2323
Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition2014/09/2424
Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition2014/10/2918
Walter Simonson Manhunter and Other Stories Artist’s Edition2014/11/0525
John Buscema’s Silver Surfer Artist’s Edition2014/12/1026
Joe Kubert Enemy Ace Artist’s Edition2014/12/2428
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition Volume 22015/01/2127
Jack Kirby Mister Miracle Artist’s Edition2015/03/1829
Best Of EC: Volume Two Artist’s Edition2015/04/2230
Jack Kirby Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition2015/06/1033
Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition2015/06/2432
Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition2015/07/0135
Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist’s Edition2015/07/2234
Joe Kubert’s The Return Of Tarzan Artist’s Edition2015/10/2137
Herb Trimpe’s The Incredible Hulk Artist’s Edition2015/11/1136
Sam Kieth’s The Maxx Artist’s Edition2016/02/2438
Graham Ingels’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition2016/03/0239
Best Of DC War Artist’s Edition2016/06/2940
Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition2016/07/0642
Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition2016/07/1341
Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head Artist’s Edition2016/08/3143
Marvel Covers: The Modern Era Artist’s Edition2016/09/1444
Jack Kirby Kamandi Artist’s Edition Vol 22016/10/0545
Chris Samnee’s Daredevil: Artist’s Edition2017/01/0446
Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition2017/01/2549
America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition2017/02/0147
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
P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition2017/11/1555
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
Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition2021/02/2465
EC Covers Artist’s Edition2021/09/2966
John Buscema’s Marvel Heroes Artist’s Edition2022/02/0867
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition (40th Anniversary)2022/04/27*
Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition2022/09/2768
Kevin Nowlan’s Marvel Heroes Artist’s Edition2023/04/1169
Michael Golden’s Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition2023/08/0870

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, 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 60. As for number 20, it’s anyone’s guess. Could be as simple as accidentally skipping a number. I don’t believe we’ll see these numbers used.

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

Numbering has ended at 70 with Michael Golden’s Marvel Heroes Artist’s Edition. I was able to ask Scott about it and the numbering was a request of Diamond and with IDW’s move to Penguin Random House they stopped.

The Artifact Editions have all been numbered, and the numbering has been consistent and accurate. This line has ended so we won’t see more than these twelve volumes.

TitleRelease DateNumber
Dave Gibbons Watchmen Artifact Edition2014/08/1301
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition2015/04/0102
Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition2015/08/0503
Miracleman Artifact Edition2015/11/0404
Star Wars Artifact Edition2015/12/2305
Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition2017/11/0106
Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition2018/08/0807
John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition2018/08/1508
Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… and Assassins… Artifact Edition2018/10/3109
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