Hold on to your shelves. IDW’s Artists Edition series has made jaws drop with its stunning series of oversized editions of various comics masterworks, reproduced from the original art. But now for the first time they’re collecting the King of Comics, Jack Kirby Marvel work with Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition. The book will include classic complete stories from Journey Into Mystery #111, #117, #118, along with other stories and a Kirby Gallery.
The book hits this May, and so will your jaws as they drop and hit the floor. There are many spectacular comics artists whose work has been illuminated by this series, but there is only one Jack Kirby. A never ending fountain of creativity and imagination, his work forms the bedrock of the American comics tradition.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with one of the most creative men in comics—the great Jack Kirby,” said Stan Lee of Kirby, “whose magnificent artwork and wonderful story sense have rightly earned him the nickname ‘King Kirby.’ He had the ability to take any theme and make it look spectacular due to the power and the brilliance of his artwork. If ever a writer had the perfect collaborator, I was lucky to have had the brilliant and inimitable Jack Kirby.”
“Jack Kirby is still the visual heart of the Marvel style, so having an opportunity to experience his originals at the size they were drawn, corrections and all, is a rare and valuable opportunity for any aficionado of the comic book mediums,” said Marvel SVP & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.
“Without Jack Kirby, the comic books we know and love would not exist,” said Special Projects EditorScott Dunbier, the architect of the Artist’s Edition series. “His work influenced and shaped the entire art form. It’s as simple as that.”
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