IDW To Publish John Byrne Fantastic Four Artists Edition
The IDW Artists Edition are works of joy, the product of Scott Dunbier at the publisher, reprinting the artwork for classic stories as close to the original boards as possible, then reproducing them on Bristol board as well, for added authenticity.
And they've just landed the Fantastic Four, reprinting six classic issues from John Byrne's run on the title.
Previous speculation that IDW would be able to publish an X-Men run were scotched by Terry Austin's reported decision not to release his original art for such a project.
While I would prefer some issues from "Namor" or "Alpha Flight" still is still pretty sweet. Sold.
Funny, because the other day I was thinking "When will IDW announce another Artist's Edition that I will most certainly buy?" (the last one I bought was Mazzuchelli's DD and the only one I'm looking forward to is "Xenozoic Tales").
Hopefully "Art Adams' Longshot" and/or "Will Meugniot's DNAgents" will be among those as well some day.
There are certain issue of the Byrne FF which need to be reprinted using modern techniques. For a time Byrne became enchanted with inking with a felt tip pen and the cheap printing on 1980s comics made those issues look like mud because the black ink lines were not solid like a normal pen and didn't reproduce properly.