IDW's popular line of Artist's Editions is expanding in 2014 with some of the biggest names in comics history! IDW revealed at New York Comic Con that Artist's Editions are on the way for Watchmen, Jack Kirby's New Gods, Charles M. Schulz's classic Peanuts, and TWO volumes of Jim Steranko's classic Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD tales (with a little Captain America in there for good measure)! IDW's Artist's Editions are glorious, full-size, full-color reproductions of original art by some of the most important artists to ever grace the medium. While original comic art is in black and white, the color scans include artifacts like notes and corrections made in blue ink.
The first of these new volumes will be Jack Kirby's New Gods, coming in March of 2014. The volume will feature five complete issues of New Gods, generally considered to be one of The King's greatest achievements. Next up will be Dave Gibbons' Watchmen later in the year. Rather than reprinting complete stories, the Watchmen volume is described as an Artifact Edition which "will feature a cornucopia of individual pages and covers from Watchmen, each image a testament to Gibbons' elegant and nuanced style." Both books measure 12 x 17 inches.
IDW's Artist's Editions are among my very favorite comic art books of all time, so I’m thrilled that they’re publishing a Watchmen collection,” said series artist Dave Gibbons. "We’re equally thrilled,” said IDW President Greg Goldstein. “Watchmen is obviously one of the most acclaimed and influential series of all time, and New Gods is arguably the greatest of Kirby’s works during his tenure at DC. It’s a true privilege to publish these books."
As for Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts, Ted Adams, the CEO and Publisher of IDW had this to say, "Having grown up with Charlie Brown, Linus and his blanket, Snoopy and the Red Baron...I could not be happier about bringing them into the IDW family. In the world of comic art, it does not get any bigger than Peanuts."
The Steranko volumes will comprise a solid cross-section of his work for Marvel in the late 60s. The first, The Steranko Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD Artist's Edition will feature Steranko's earliest 12 Fury stories from Strange Tales #151-162. The volume is currently scheduled for a May 2014 release.
"I believe that I changed Nick Fury's life as much as he changed mine," Steranko says, "and looking over the original art again celebrates a flood of memories evincing the kind of rampant, seismic creativity that went into their creation. I can see my artistic evolution expand by the story, even by the page, and revisiting that experience can be simultaneously reassuring and shocking—a kind of microcosm of comic book history. As one of the architects of the Marvel Age, I'm pleased to share the sweep and nuance of the S.H.I.E.L.D. epic with all my fans and friends."
The second volume, The Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist's Edition will collect the Fury stories from Strange Tales #163-168, issues 1, 3, and 5 of the Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD series, and Steranko's three issues of Captain America. No release date has yet been set.
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