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March 31, 2017 / / AE News 5 Comments

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…

Heros The Spartan Episode 6 from Eagle Magazine Vol 13 #48, by Frank Bellamy, sold for $5,736. Source. This may seem like a lot of money for a comic most have never heard of, but for those in the know it’s highly sought work. Bellamy did some amazing colour work for Eagle Magazine, so some Canadians and Australians were exposed…

Will Eisner’s innovative storytelling, layouts, and art on The Spirit inspired a generation, and his acclaimed run of graphic novels beginning with 1978’s A Contract with God helped pioneer the form. This catalog includes original artwork from the landmark Will Eisner Centennial Celebration exhibitions taking place in 2017 at Le Musée de la Bande Dessinée and the Society of Illustrators.…

March 24, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Diamond has updated Previews World with the April 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition format book and one new printing. And for the first time a self-published AE book will be available, after having successfully met its Kickstarter goal. If you want one get in there quick! For complete details and daily updates visit…

Starting something new: a weekly look at one recent auction item, for perusal and discussion. I’ll be posting art auctions and Walt will be posting comic book auctions. Women Of DC Comics Style Guide by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, 1982, sold for $3,791.46. Source. Garcia-Lopez literally wrote the book on the official look of DC characters for their 1982 style guide, and…

IDW proudly presents JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting six complete stories by the great John Romita, arguably the definitive Spider-Man artist. Each page is scanned from the original art, same size as drawn, and in full color (in insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and each book is shipped in…

March 17, 2017 / / AE News 4 Comments

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking…

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 in color from Stevens’ original art to…

March 10, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Diamond released their February 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts. For the purposes of…

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a long look at IDW’s Artist’s Edition Numbering, shipping changes, March 2017 Previews, January 2017 Sales Numbers, Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales January 2017, America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition, Alex Toth’s Bravo For Adventure Artist’s Edition, and Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition.…

February 27, 2017 / / AE Reviews 3 Comments

Last updated on March 6th, 2017 at 01:22 pmOf every comics story Alex Toth ever drew, the only one that he kept the complete original art to was Bravo for Adventure. This Artist’s Edition is a virtual “how-to” course in drawing comics the Toth way. We see how he would draw all the detail in a scene, only to black it…

February 24, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Last updated on March 6th, 2017 at 01:29 pmDiamond has updated Previews World with the March 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows three new Artist Edition format books, including a new publisher entering the fold. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. Batman: Secrets – Sam Kieth Gallery Edition Sam Kieth’s unforgettable depiction of the…

February 23, 2017 / / AE News 1 Comment

Last updated on March 5th, 2017 at 07:20 pmDiamond released their January 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. Also worth noting is Diamond’s Top Ten Books. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK…

February 20, 2017 / / AE Reviews 0 Comments

The third IDW Artist’s Edition (Following Dave Steven’s Rocketeer and Walter Simonson’s Thor) focuses on one of the all time greatest comic book artists, and at the absolute peak of his creative powers: Wally Wood. EC Comics was quite likely the finest comics line ever produced, and Wally Wood was one of their mainstays who set an incredibly high artistic…

February 17, 2017 / / AE News 2 Comments

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…

February 13, 2017 / / AE Reviews 6 Comments

Alan Moore was the braintrust behind America’s Best Comics, one of the most acclaimed imprints in the history of comics. Comprised of four main titles: Tom Strong, Top10, Promethea, and the anthology Tomorrow Stories, the ABC line paired Moore with the finest artists in comics. This volume will present a beautiful overview of the ABC line, including complete stories from…

February 10, 2017 / / AE News 2 Comments

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print. We’re only tracking out of print…

Last updated on March 15th, 2017 at 07:38 amFrom the depths of the moon to the heights of the terrifying Ghost Mountain, these are the second collected adventures of Mandrake the Magician, the world’s first costumed crime fighter. Join him and his ever-trusty companion Lothar as they travel the world in search of excitement and adventure. Lee Falk, Phil Davis…

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition.

This month we take a long look at 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards, Defining the AE formats, shipping changes, February 2017 Previews solicitations, December 2016 current sales, out of print eBay sales, Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s Edition, Sergio Aragones Groo The Wanderer Artist’s Edition, and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition.…

February 2, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Last updated on March 30th, 2017 at 07:27 pmFirst and foremost we’d like to thank all those who voted in the 2016 Scott Dunbier Awards. Here are the results; a hearty congratulations to all our winners! Winner of Best Design: Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection. John Lind, designer. Review.   Winner of Best Reproduction and Scanning…