IDW Publishing Announces Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition

IDW Publishing Announces Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition

Jay Cochran - March 28, 2022
In September, IDW will celebrate the dynamic artwork and storytelling of industry icon Todd McFarlane with the addition of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition to its multiple Eisner Award–winning line. Experience one of the most acclaimed runs in Spider-Man history like never before!

Todd McFarlane’s gorgeous work on Spider-Man was nothing less than groundbreaking. His intense version of the web-slinging wallcrawler took the character to new heights, instilling in the character a new sense of energy and vitality—first in The Amazing Spider-Man, written by David Michelinie, and then in a spin-off series, with both art and story by McFarlane himself. The impact that his dynamic artwork has had on the comics industry—on his legions of fans and the artists who have been inspired by and have emulated him—is truly immeasurable.

“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 award-winning originator of the Artist’s Edition format.

This Artist’s Edition will include nearly 100 pages of interior art selected from 24 issues of his consequential The Amazing Spider-Man run, almost 60 pages from his record-setting Spider-Man series, and 25 covers spanning such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Marvel Age, Marvel Tales, and more.

Classic villains like the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Sandman, the Vulture, Morbius, and the Lizard all make appearances in this Artist’s Edition, as do the Hulk, Wolverine, and the ever-delightful Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Plus, one of the most infamous characters introduced in that era—the villainous Venom, co-created by McFarlane—takes the spotlight in a number of pages, including his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #299!

As with all Artist’s Editions, each gorgeous plate will be reproduced from meticulous scans of the original art, with all the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique—a perfect representation of the work in its original form.

Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition is available for pre-order via booksellers and comic book specialty retailers. For more details and pre-order options, visit Penguin Random House or visit to find a store near you.

Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man Artist’s Edition
By Todd McFarlane & David Michelinie
ISBN 978-1-68405-932-4
$150.00 US / $195.00 CAN
192-page, black-and-white hardcover, 14" x 21"
On Sale: September 21, 2022
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monron999 - 2022-03-31 @ 5:28 pm

Meh, there was a time when I was impressed by all the busy lines, over shading and scratchy details of Todd's work, but I was a kid back then and didn't realize back then how flawed his anatomy and form and human mechanics were and how he just used all the razzle and dazzle to cover it up. After a few years of "reading" Spawn where a typical issue consisted of about 20 splash pages and literally hours or boxes of inner dialog I got smart to his scheme never looked back.

Kudos to him though, he was able to parlay it into a comic and toy and possibly future movie empire.

SpiderS - 2022-03-29 @ 7:18 pm

I love IDW artist books, if only they weren't this expensive, but if you are interested in comic book art this is the book to get.

leokearon - 2022-03-29 @ 4:06 pm
On 3/29/2022 at 4:34 PM, burroughsd said:

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how does IDW have the rights to publish a book of Spider-Man pictures?

They have a licence from Disney to produce Disney owned products. They were doing kid books for Marvel and Star Wars until last year when they lost the licence to produce original content, in fact they also did a couple of DC books as well.

tarot - 2022-03-29 @ 3:39 pm
On 3/29/2022 at 4:34 PM, burroughsd said:

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how does IDW have the rights to publish a book of Spider-Man pictures?

IDW has been publishing Marvel books aimed at Kids for a while. But this is not a comic so they can get away with this. They also have to have had Disney's permission anyway.

burroughsd - 2022-03-29 @ 3:34 pm

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how does IDW have the rights to publish a book of Spider-Man pictures?

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