Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition Meticulously Reproduces the Original Artwork that Defined an Era of Marvel’s Mutant Super Heroes
SAN DIEGO, CA (February 24, 2021) – IDW’s multiple Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition line expands with perhaps its most eagerly awaited new volume: Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition, now available in stores.
Nearly 30 years ago, Jim Lee joined writer Chris Claremont and inker Scott Williams to launch an all-new, all-different X-Men – the classic 1990s “Blue Team” that defined the look and attitude of the X-Men brand for a generation. The impact his dynamic artwork has had on the comics industry – to his legions of fans and the artists who have been inspired by and emulated him – is truly immeasurable. In a career filled with highlights, his work on X-Men is arguably his most popular and enduring.
The Artist’s Edition format reproduces Jim Lee’s original artwork at original size, meticulously scanned to preserve every minute detail and subtle nuance of the superstar illustrator’s skill. Readers are afforded an insight into his creative process that has never before been available outside of original art collectors.
“This artwork represents a very distinct and hyper-exciting period of my career, when everything was evolving and growing really rapidly,” says Lee. “The collected art looks just like the originals, and it’s great to experience it in a handy oversized book. It brings back incredibly fond memories of creating this work, and my love for the characters. I’m happy that the fans love it so much!”
“Jim Lee’s X-Men comics defined an era,” says Williams. “I got a front row view of the perfect pairing of artist and character that exploded off the pages, becoming an iconic template for a generation of comic fans. Beautifully reproduced and presented, Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition is a nostalgic look back at the fun of what ‘90s comics could be. So grateful to have been a part of it all!”
Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition includes all 37 pages — the complete story — from the bestselling comic book of all time, October 1991’s X-Men #1. The book also includes over 100 additional examples of Lee’s gorgeous original artwork from iconic issues, including covers, splashes, pin-ups, interior pages, and trading cards, as well as a double foldout of all four X-Men #1 connecting covers!.
In addition to the spectacular regular edition offered through comic shops and booksellers, IDW is proud to offer a rare Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition – Signed & Numbered Variant, exclusively available at the IDW web store while supplies last. Featuring an alternate cover (the original artwork to X-Men #5 from February 1992), this edition comes with a bound-in signature plate limited to 175 units, autographed by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.
Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition – Signed & Numbered Variant
by Jim Lee, Chris Claremont, and Scott Williams
160-page, black-and-white hardcover, 12” x 17″
Limited to 175, Signed by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
For information on how to acquire copies of IDW’s Artist’s Editions, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.