IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numbering

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.

Name Ship Date Number
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition 08/18/10 First
Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition 08/03/11 Second
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition 02/01/12 Fourth
Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition 02/22/12 Third
David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition 06/27/12
Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer Artist’s Edition 07/25/12
Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition 09/26/12
Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition 01/09/13
MAD Artist’s Edition 01/23/13
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition 04/10/13
Jack Davis’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition 05/01/13
John Byrne’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition 06/26/13
Best Of EC Comics Volume One Artist’s Edition 07/10/13
Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales Artist’s Edition 08/14/13
Joe Kubert’s Tor Artist’s Edition 10/30/13
Jeff Smith’s Bone: The Great Cow Race Artist’s Edition 11/06/13
John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 Artist’s Edition 01/29/14
Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition 05/14/14 19
Charles M. Schulz Peanuts Artist’s Edition 06/18/14 21
Steranko Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition 07/16/14 22
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell And Other Stories Artist’s Edition 07/23/14 23
Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition 09/24/14 24
Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition 10/29/14 18
Walter Simonson Manhunter and Other Stories Artist’s Edition 11/05/14 25
John Buscema’s Silver Surfer Artist’s Edition 12/10/14 26
Joe Kubert Enemy Ace Artist’s Edition 12/24/14 28
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition Volume 2 01/21/15 27
Jack Kirby Mister Miracle Artist’s Edition 03/18/15 29
Best Of EC: Volume Two Artist’s Edition 04/22/15 30
Jack Kirby Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition 06/10/15 33
Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition 06/24/15 32
Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition 07/01/15 35
Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist’s Edition 07/22/15 34
Joe Kubert’s The Return Of Tarzan Artist’s Edition 10/21/15 37
Herb Trimpe’s The Incredible Hulk Artist’s Edition 11/11/15 36
Sam Kieth’s The Maxx Artist’s Edition 02/24/16 38
Graham Ingels’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition 03/02/16 39
Best Of DC War Artist’s Edition 06/29/16 40
Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition 07/06/16 42
Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition 07/13/16 41
Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head Artist’s Edition 08/31/16 43
Marvel Covers: The Modern Era Artist’s Edition 09/14/16 44
Jack Kirby Kamandi Artist’s Edition Vol 2 10/05/16 45
Chris Samnee’s Daredevil: Artist’s Edition 01/04/17 46
Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition 01/25/17 49
America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition 02/01/17 47


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 indices “Artist’s Edition #19”. 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 48. We can tackle the last one first, which is Alex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition, scheduled for December 2016 release but coming out February 2017. The coveted and long delayed Steranko Artist’s Edition Volume 2 falls right into the dates for number 31. As for number 20, it’s anyone’s guess. Could be as simple as accidentally skipping a number.

There are two previously announced volumes that were never published: Walter Simonson’s Star Slammers Artist’s Edition and Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge Artifact Edition. The Artifact Editions have had consistent numbering since Dave Gibbons Watchmen Artifact Edition (#1) in August 2014, and the Barks volume was announced after that so that doesn’t fit. Perhaps we’ll see the Star Slammers volume at some point in the future.

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…