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WonderCon | IDW to publish … Thor?

Thor #337

I promise this isn’t my last-minute attempt at an April Fool’s joke. IDW announced today that they will publish Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition, the first in a series of Artist’s Editions featuring comics form Marvel.

The oversized hardcover collection will include Thor #337-340, Simonson’s classic arc that saw the debut of Beta Ray Bill, as well as Thor #360-363, which saw Thor battle Hela and the death of the Executioner. The book will debut at the San Diego Comic Con this July.

“I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be able to do a book like this,” said IDW Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier. “Each page is shot from Walter Simonson’s original art and printed same size—really just too cool. Thanks to Marvel Entertainment for being so enthusiastic about this project from the start!”

You can find the entire press release after the jump.

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IDW expands Artist’s Edition series with Classic Marvel Comics
Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor kicks off expansion of oversized hardcover collections
Debuts at San Diego Comic Con in July 2011

San Diego, CA (April 1, 2011) – IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce the expansion of the company’s acclaimed Artist’s Edition series with WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION. Launching in July, this oversized, hardcover collection will present Thor 337-340, Simonson’s first classic story arc, which introduced Beta Ray Bill, and Thor 360-362, Simonson’s choice for the second arc in the book. WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION will be the first in a series of Artist’s Editions featuring legendary creators and comics from Marvel.

“I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be able to do a book like this,” said IDW Special Projects Editor, Scott Dunbier. “Each page is shot from Walter Simonson’s original art and printed same size—really just too cool. Thanks to Marvel Entertainment for being so enthusiastic about this project from the start!”

Debuting at San Diego Comic Con, WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION leads with Thor #337, a groundbreaking issue in modern comics that introduced Beta Ray Bill and kicked off Simonson’s legendary run on this fan-favorite title. All the pages in the ARTIST’S EDITION have been scanned from Simonson’s personal original art to ensure the highest possible quality reproduction. 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, white-out corrections and blue pencil notations.

WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) will be available in stores in July 2011. ISBN 978-1-61377-038-2.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

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Drool. As much a fan of Simonson as I am, I look forward to this. I wonder if IDW hopes to do similar projects with DC or other companies? Kudos to Marvel for allowing IDW to develop this project. What are the odds Frank Miller would cooperate on a Daredevil edition? I wonder how long Dunbier’s been working to put this project together.

I love this idea. and I am glad that they are able to work with another company to bring out something this cool. This particular one isn’t exactly my thing. But I am very interested in the previous Rocketeer Artist’s Edition that they did. And I can’t wait to see what else they come out with.

April 1, guys

I was at the WonderCon panel yesterday where Steve Oliff was talking about this project. It does sound like a winner!

Oh yes Steve Oliff is coloring and helping in cleaning up the pages for the color version.

Rick, I think you’re confused. Oliff is recoloring Simonson’s pages for the THOR OMNIBUS that Marvel is preparing… are you sure he wasn’t referring to that? Because the IDW announcement sounds like it will be a 100% scale facsimile of Simonson’s original art pages (where the only color comes from blue pencil marks).

Yes Leigh he is recoloring and staying true to form. I heard it right from the mouth of Steve himself on a panel I just phrased it badly. I was up too many hours from the WonderCon activities, etc. so my writing suffered from that.;) Let’s just say Walt and Steve want a true presentation of when those Thor stories came out and not an overworked/over colored effect that some present day books have. So you are correct. Cheers!

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