Including his original Amazing Fantasy #15 art…
As you probably know, Marvel – taking a cue from IDW’s Artist’s Editions — has begun reprinting some of its greatest stories in a new King-Size format that emulates the dimensions of comic-art pages.
Last fall, for example, brought us The Fantastic Four: Behold… Galactus!, a hardcover measuring a little under 14” x 22” and featuring the classic Galactus Trilogy by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
And starting later this spring, there will be three other, similar editions celebrating the King: Kirby is… Fantastic!, with more FF stories (due in June); Kirby is… Mighty!, starring Thor (due in July); and Kirby Returns!, spotlighting his ’70s work (August).
Now, unlike the spectacular Artist’s Editions, which reproduce original-art pages down to their tiniest details, these King-Size volumes reprint the stories as published — but in gigantic size.
Anyway, it turns out that Kirby isn’t the only one getting the treatment.
According to a listing on Amazon, the end of 2019 will bring Ditko is… Amazing!, a massive collection of some of Steve Ditko’s best Spider-Man action — including his original Amazing Fantasy #15 artwork, presumably a la an Artist’s Edition.
Here’s the official description:
Steve Ditko is one of the most influential creative minds in popular culture. Steve Ditko is a one-of-a-kind visionary. Steve Ditko is the co-creator of Marvel icons including Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Steve Ditko is… amazing! Marvel proudly presents the incomparable Amazing Spider-Man work of Steve Ditko in our massive King-Size format. From Spidey’s Amazing Fantasy #15 debut to the first appearances of villains like Mysterio and Doctor Octopus, it’s like experiencing these classics for the very first time. Ditko’s Spider-Man adventures, including the Master Planner saga — an epic considered by many to be the greatest Spider-Man story — defined the spirit of a hero that has inspired millions. Also featuring a host of bonus material, including Ditko’s original Amazing Fantasy #15 artwork!
COLLECTING: AMAZING FANTASY (1962) 15, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 3, 11-13, 24, 31-33 AND ANNUAL (1964) 1-2
I mean, just imagine seeing this classic Spidey #33 page in gargantuan size:
Ditko is… Amazing! comes in at 328 pages and lists for an even $100. It’s expected in December.
Now, one caveat: This book has not been formally solicited by Marvel yet. It’s not uncommon, however, for books to pop up on Amazon first. Still, things can change at any time.
That said, this pretty damn exciting news.
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