Review | Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition

Gil Kane's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's EditionIDW proudly presents GIL KANE’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting issues 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 and 121. Eight incredible Spider-Man stories, including some of the very best comics the wall crawler has ever appeared in: the infamous non comics code approved LSD drug issues, the “six-arm” Spider-Man storyline that also introduced Morbius for the very first time, and the classic of classics—The Night Gwen Stacy Died!

Nearly every page has been scanned from the original art at the same size Gil Kane drew it, and in color (to insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and is an extra-long 216 pages. Each book is shipped in a custom cardboard box for maximum protection.

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It ties with a few other IDW Artist’s Editions as most pages with 216. Of those twelve are not from original art, and oddly those pages just say “This page was not scanned from the original art” whereas they usually say “one of twelve pages not scanned from the original art”.

All scans are clear, with no blurriness or pixelation. Pages seem to have aged at the same rate, with a yellow to light tan discoloration. Blacks are solid with no gradients; no difference between the Romita or Giacoia inks.

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A fantastic design by Dahlk. The blue-grey is so powerful when combined with the silhouettes. And changing the lin colour of parts of Spider-Man to red; inspired. Here are Dahlk’s thoughts.

My approach to the design of this book, was to again, be influenced by the time period that the stories originally appeared. It’s kind of a balancing act when designing, I want to pay homage, but also give it a contemporary twist. I used red and blue in the design, based on the colors of Spider-Man’s costume. But, I tweaked the colors, and made them neutral value to give the appearance of being more sophisticated. I also added a cream color, which mimics the art-board color and adds a melding presence to the other two colors. I hope there is a richness that enhances the whole book through these colors.

Production is top notch the whole way. Sewn binding of thick matte paper stock. Unfortunately with this many pages the binding is a little tight and few pages lay flat. The book comes shrinkwrapped in a cardboard case with a small black and white sticker showing cover image and UPC.

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Gil Kane Amazing Spider Man Artist Ed HC – $140.00

Retail Price: $175.00
You Save: $35.00

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Editor-In-Chief. Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at eBabble. Art collection at Comic Art Fans. Joe Shuster Awards Harry Kremer coordinator.

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One Comment

  1. October 5, 2016
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    Kane was such a master. I long ago lost the Spidey “bug” but still remember reading many of these stories as a kid, some in reprints, some in the original dog-eared version. I’ve never really re-examined them as an adult fan with a deeper appreciation of Kane’s art, mostly because I feel the classic 70s material was such a team effort, making Andru/Kane/Romita’s work on the title interchangeable in my mind, but also because I feel it is so overhyped. Some beautiful layouts, panels and details here.

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