Jazzy John, we miss you…
If you missed out on Volume 2 of John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition, you’re in luck — IDW and Marvel in 2024 will be re-releasing the volume as a more affordable Artisan Edition.
Dig the official description from online listings:
JOHN ROMITA’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTISAN EDITION Volume 2
By Stan Lee and John Romita
Jazzy John Romita was for many the definitive artist on The Amazing Spider-Man. His sleek line work brought the web-slinger to life for a generation of fans. This volume collects issues 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, and 115 in their entirety. Additionally there is a beautiful gallery section of Romita extras.
Like all of IDW’s award-winning Artist Edition style books, each page has been painstakingly scanned from the original art to ensure the finest possible reproduction, mimicking the experience of seeing Romita’s hand-drawn pages–it’s the next best thing to owning the art! While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art–for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique.
A few thoughts:
— Here’s the difference between an IDW Artist’s Edition and Artisan Edition: An Artist’s Edition precisely replicates original art in its original size, coffee stains and all. They are high-end hardcovers that typically go for at least $125. Artisan Editions are smaller, less expensive softcovers but the art is the same.
— The 208-page softcover lists for $39.99 and is due April 30, 2024.
— If you’re a Romita or Spidey fan, this really is a must-have. I’m fortunate to own the Artist’s Editions and they’re like a museum on your coffee table. Not that it’s a competition, but to me, Romita, who died in June, was the best Spidey artist there ever was.
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