Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein is the latest classic comic book to get the Artist's Edition treatment from IDW. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con, Frankenstein: Artist's Edition will hit stores in late 2019. A press release provides more details:
Bernie Wrightson is universally regarded as the finest horror artist of the last 50 years, and Frankenstein was his undisputed opus. IDW Publishing is proud to announce that this masterpiece of illustration will be presented in the Eisner Award-winning Artist's Edition format for late next year.
As with all Artist's Editions, each gorgeous plate will be reproduced from scans of the original art and printed at the same size they were drawn, with all the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique – a perfect representation of the work in its original form.
In 1975, Wrightson was a founding member of The Studio, an art collective in Manhattan's Chelsea District, alongside Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith. It was during his time at The Studio that he began work on Frankenstein, which was eventually published in the early 1980s by Marvel Comics. A sequel entitled Frankenstein Alive, Alive was released by IDW as a comic book series beginning in 2012 and will be collected as a hardcover this October.
And Artist's Edition Editor Scott Dunbier said:
I'm incredibly pleased and somewhat stunned – it has been a dream of mine for years to do this book. It's truly an honor.
It will also be an honor to own it, once it hit stores next year.