Dynamite is going back to the Art Editions well with three new special black-and-white hardcovers that show off the original linework of artists including Jose Gonzalez, Walter Simonson, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, and Dave Cockrum.
The first of the new batch will be Jose Gonzalez’s Vampirella Art Edition. The book features ten stories from Gonzalez’s career with the character, which Dynamite describes as a “mesmerizing and macabre interpretation” of the heroine.
Walt Simonson’s had a few “Artist Editions” over with IDW, and his artwork is showcased once more with the 1979-1981 Marvel Comics Walter Simonson’s Battlestar Galactica Art Edition. The series follows the original series, and includes writers from Steven Grant to Bill Mantlo.
"Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica comic will always hold a special place in my heart,” Simonson said in a press release. “I’d been penciling the series for a year in the late 1970s when I was given the opportunity to write a few issues. It was my first professional writing gig, and I loved it. I wrote four of the title’s last five issues. I knew the characters as they had developed in the comic quite well, and as a fledgling writer, I had no idea what I was doing, and consequently, no fear. I got reference from every Galactica book or magazine I could find at the time, and I studied video tapes of the episodes my pal, Allen Milgrom, had made on what have been one of the earliest home video tape machine. The late Archie Goodwin, one of the finest writers and editors the comics business has ever seen as well as a friend, was very complimentary about the writing and offered me my next writing gig when Galactica wrapped. My career as a writer/artist in comics had been launched, thanks in large part to Adama, Apollo, Starbuck, and the rest of the doughty crew of the Battlestar Galactica and their bitter enemies, the Cylons. Thanks, guys. I don’t know that I could have done it without you."
With the new licensing agreement with Edger Rice Burroghs, Inc. Dynamite now has access to their 1977-79 run of John Carter: Warlord of Mars with Marvel Comics, and is putting it together in The Marvel Years Art Edition. The art edition is basically a who’s who of industry legends, including Gil Kane, Rudy Nebres, Bernie Wrightson, Alan Weiss, Ernie Chan, Sal Buscema, Larry Hama, Ernie Colon, Carmine Infantino, Dave Cockrum, Alex Nino, George Perez, John Byrne, Bob McCleod, Ricardo Villagran, and Mike Vosburg.
"We are very pleased that our new licensing agreement with Dynamite Entertainment not only creates a fully new John Carter: Warlord of Mars comic book line, but also encompasses the reproduction of the rich, vibrant art of earlier periods by many masters of the medium", said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc in the press release. "These are some of the legendary artists who contributed so much to comic art. I know that fans everywhere will want to add this beautiful edition to their collections".
These three Dynamite Art Editions are “just the tip of the iceberg” for 2015, their CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci, so expect more from the publisher later.