Great, great art…
This is the good stuff. The really, really good stuff.
IDW (and Marvel) will in 2022 release Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artisan Edition, an affordable paperback version of the 2013 Artist’s Edition.
Dig the official description from Penguin Random House, which handles the volume for the book market:
GIL KANE’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTISAN EDITION
This must-have volume features some of the most historically important stories ever produced with Marvel’s famed wall-crawler, all meticulously scanned from the original artwork!
Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artisan Edition presents each page in what appears to be black and white, but has actually been scanned in color. Readers view the art in its most natural form—blue pencils, ink gradients, and editorial notations all clearly visible—so they can (ahem) marvel at all the little nuances that make original art unique.
This volume contains the infamous three-part drug story that was not approved by the Comics Code Authority (Amazing Spider-Man #96–98). The second three-part story features the legendary six-armed Spider-Man saga (Amazing Spider-Man #100–102). Additionally, one of the most famous—and most shocking—Spidey tales is included: the death of Gwen Stacy! (Amazing Spider-Man #121). You can’t get a better line-up of Spider-Man stories than this!
Gil Kane is regarded as one of the finest comic artists in the history of the medium. His dynamic sequential storytelling abilities, coupled with impeccable draftsmanship, make him a true artist’s artist—as this book will attest!
A few thoughts:
— The 216-page softcover is due July 12, 2022, and lists for $39.99.
— What’s the difference between an Artist’s Edition and an Artisan Edition? The former is a high-end hardcover that reprints the original art in its original size. The latter is essentially a less expensive reprint that’s smaller in scale — though still plenty large so that you can explore every nook and cranny of the art.
— I have only a handful of Artist’s Editions because they’re pretty expensive, but I do have this one and I gotta tell you, having the Death of Gwen Stacy original art is worth the price alone. Everything else is gravy. Really good, historic gravy, but gravy nonetheless. So I can’t recommend the Artisan Edition strongly enough.
— Standard caveat: As far as I can tell, this has not been solicited yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
— JOHN BUSCEMA’s SILVER SURFER Artisan Edition Coming From IDW. Click here.
— John Romita’s Original SPIDER-MAN Art to Get ARTISAN EDITION Treatment. Click here.