Marvel is making dreams come true by allowing IDW Publishing to create an Artist’s Edition of the Star Wars comics. These editions are complete stories, all pages scanned and printed directly from the original comic book art at full size. These editions look like they are in black and white, but on closer inspection one can see the original blue pencil art, editorial notes and corrections that were made before final coloring.
“Since the inception of our Artist’s Edition program, we’ve had Star Wars on our wish list,” saidGoldstein. “During its original nine year run at Marvel, an all-star list of artists provided material for these now classic comic books from the likes of Howard Chaykin, Walter Simonson, Carmine Infantino, Tom Palmer, and of course the legendary Al Williamson, to name a few.”
“The collaboration between IDW and Marvel has produced some of the most immaculate collections of reprinted original comic book material ever to be offered,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Now with the addition of the Marvel Comics’ 1977 Star Wars being gathered in this over-sized format, this collection truly is a pantheon of content that any and all fans of Star Wars will want to get their hands on.”
IDW have already made some Artist’s Editions of Marvel characters: Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again.
The Artist’s Edition of Star Wars is expected to be released late Fall 2015.