AE MIA: Missing After Announcing

The Artist’s Edition format has only been around for seven years, but it’s already garnered some missing in action volumes. Publishers like to announce upcoming books at conventions or through advance book solicitations, but then they never materialize. Let’s take a look at what has been announced but yet to see print, in chronological order.

At SDCC 2013 a slew of Artist’s Editions were announced, all of which saw print except Walter Simonson’s Star Slammers Artist’s Edition. It never went beyond this annoucement, but IDW did publish a deluxe hardcover of the existing material.

Just before NYCC 2014 Dynamite announced three new Art Editions: Walter Simonson’s Battlestar Galactica Art EditionEdgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter: Warlord of Mars – The Marvel Years Art Edition, and Jose Gonzalez’s Vampirella Art Edition. No cover art was provided, but we did get art samples. Of the three only Jose Gonzalez’s Vampirella Art Edition has been published. Walter Simonson’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition still sits on Amazon with an ever-shifting release date, but has never been solicited through Diamond.

Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge Artifact Edition, announced at NYCC 2014. This was part of the IDW Disney announcement, along with Don Rosa’s Uncle Scrooge Artist’s Edition, which was published in June 2015 as Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol. 1 Artist’s Edition. It’s never been solicited so most likely it hasn’t progressed beyond this.

Through a Spring 2016 trade advanced catalogue we saw The Book Of Ballads And Sagas Original Art Edition from Titan. The listed date came and went, but it’s been solicited again in the Fall 2017 catalogue and the Amazon listing still hangs on.

We didn’t address the books that have been solicited through Diamond and have yet to be published. The big ones are Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist’s Edition and G.I. Joe A Real American Hero Artist’s Edition. These are tracked daily on the AE Index; I used to put books there that hadn’t had a Diamond solicitation but some of the above have bit me on the proverbial behind so now it’s only listed once it hits Diamond’s Previews.

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  1. Nicholas Post
    March 31, 2017

    I’m only concerning about Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury/Captain America IDW Artist Edition Vol II which has been in years of delay. Last I heard, via Facebook, that it might come out on time for Christmas.

  2. Eisnein
    April 1, 2017

    Hi Scott;

    I’m a fan of CBD & the AE index/reviews in particular. I’ve recently used it as the primary source for a very condensed version on a Goodreads Discussion group devoted to the many OHC – Oversized Hardcover – formats. I decided to add an AE section, along with the lists of Absolute, Omnibus and Deluxe Hardcover editions. There’s no money involved in any way, beyond an investment in time, and we’re a relatively small group of around 150 members.

    I really liked the above article, and decided to reprint it on the ‘Upcoming AE’s’ page as an interesting addendum.

    I made sure to post your full credits as they appear, as well as an introduction explaining where the article came from, and links to both Comic Book Daily’s AE Index and, of course, your original article. I’ve praised CBD repeatedly, and I’m hoping you’ll take this in the friendly context it’s coming from, as a positive thing, and even a bit of extra publicity. Very, very modest publicity, but still. 🙂

    If you’re not comfortable with it, just let me know, and I’ll delete it immediately.

    Thanks for your time, as well as the excellent articles and podcasts,


    P.S.: I tried to do this as an email, but I was blocked for some reason, so… a comment it is. 🙂

  3. April 1, 2017

    Eisnein, as long as you’re providing a link back to my content here I’m fine with sharing. Please post a link to the Goodreads group so we fellow AE fans can have a peak.

  4. May 11, 2017

    I agree with Nicholas above. Honorable mentions to Steranko! I’d love to know the story there. Three years late, now, I think? So long as Kirby’s World’s Greatest Artist edition arrives in time for his birthday, I’ll be happy.

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