IDW Publishing is selling the “mammoth” hardcover Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition directly to consumers for pick-up in July at Comic-Con International or for home delivery after the convention. Is this another hit to Diamond Distributors? First Marvel goes through Hatchett and then the iPad comes…

Ah, don’t mind me – I’m just joking. This is pretty cool. I love the Rocketeer and the black and white art is something I think we can all approve of. Plus – the man who brought us Absolutes and Darwyn Cooke’s Parker is behind this.. so I can get down with that. I heart Scott Dunbier something fierce.

Stunning art book available direct to consumers only from IDW

Launching at San Diego Comic Con

“Very special” – Los Angeles Times

IDW Publishing and the estate of Dave Stevens are pleased to announce a very special book honoring the work of this esteemed creator. Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be a mammoth 12″ x 17″ hardcover book printed in glorious black and white. Nearly every page in The Rocketeer has been scanned from Stevens‘ original art to ensure the best possible reproduction and highest degree of accuracy. Printed on uncoated stock and at the same size as the original art, Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be the next best thing to holding the actual art by Dave Stevens.

“This is the Dave Stevens book I’ve been chomping at the bit to do,” said IDW Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, “As an art lover, I can’t imagine a finer book on Dave’s work.”

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be available exclusively through IDW Publishing and will launch at San Diego Comic Con International on July 21, 2010. Rocketeer fans can pre-order this one-of-a-kind collection now at IDWPublishing.com, and choose to pick up their book at the IDW booth or have it mailed after the convention. Quantities will be extremely limited, so fans are encouraged to order early.

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition ($100, 136 pages; 12″ x 17″; hardcover; black and white) will be available from IDW in July. To pre-order for pick up at San Diego Comic Con, click here. To pre-order for shipment, click here.