Monday, January 18, 2016

Modern IDW: Star Wars Artifact Edition

In December 2015, IDW published the Star Wars Artifact Edition hardcover.  This 160 page book measures 12" x 17" and contains scans of original art for the first 10 issues of Marvel's 1977 Star Wars comics.  Not every page of art is included, but just those pages that IDW has been able to track down and scan.  I received my copy shortly after Christmas and am just now getting around to reading this large book.  Like the Star Wars Micro Comic Collector Packs, IDW had to obtain the license from Marvel.

The book is packed inside a box for protection.  There is a label affixed to the box with the logo's of the companies involved: Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and IDW.

Star Wars Artifact Edition - IDW, U.S. (December 2015)
box
Star Wars Artifact Edition - IDW, U.S. (December 2015)
box label
The box provides extra protection for the book except for the spine, which is presumably more durable.

Star Wars Artifact Edition - IDW, U.S. (December 2015)
box open
The reason the book is so massive is because the pages are printed at the same size as they were drawn.

Star Wars Artifact Edition - IDW, U.S. (December 2015)
front cover
Star Wars Artifact Edition - IDW, U.S. (December 2015)
back cover
Star Wars Artifact Edition - IDW, U.S. (December 2015)
size comparison with Star Wars #1
For a Star Wars comic fan, this book is a must have if you can afford it.  The manufacturer suggested retail price is $100.  There are plans for IDW to publish several of these books and an Empire Strikes Back Artifact Edition has already been solicited.

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