Todd McFarlanes iconic Spider-Man work collected in new Artists Edition

Todd McFarlane may have co-founded Image Comics and created Spawn 30 years ago – and not looked back since. But there’s still a generation of fans who fondly recall his years as a Marvel Comics-Spider-Man superstar. Now IDW Publishing will help fan those flames with Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition, a 192-page black and white volume continuing the publisher’s Artist’s Edition line.

Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man Artist's Edition

Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition cover (Image credit: IDW Publishing / Marvel Comics)

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McFarlane’s iconic stints on Spider-Man – first with writer David Michelinie in Amazing Spider-Man and then his own Spider-Man series which he wrote and penciled – helped usher in a comic book sales boom the industry hadn’t seen in years and hasn’t seen since.

“The impact that McFarlane had on the comics industry was like a thunderbolt striking the art form, and his work continues to resonate to this day with fans the world over,” says Scott Dunbier, IDW’s director of special projects and originator of the Artist’s Edition format.

Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition includes nearly 100 pages of interior art selected from 24 issues of McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man run and almost 60 pages from his solo Spider-Man series and features Spider-Man versus McFarlane’s take on classic foes like the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Sandman, the Vulture, Morbius, and the Lizard, along with appearances by the Hulk, Wolverine, and Mary Jane Watson-Parker.

…and oh yeah, Venom, the McFarlane co-creation that went on to become one of most iconic Marvel characters created after the ’60s and early ’70s, appears as well, including his first appearance from Amazing Spider-Man #299.

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The volume also includes 25 covers from those titles including Marvel Age, Marvel Tales, and more.

As with all of IDW’s Artist’s Editions, the artwork is reproduced from “meticulous” scans of the original art, “with all the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique” and the publisher calls a “perfect representation of the work in its original form.”

Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition (opens in new tab) will have a US cover price of $150, goes on sale September 21, 2022, and is currently available for pre-order. 

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