I forgot that I purchased the Rocketeer Oversized Artist’s Edition when it was first announced back in May.  I’ve read and reread the series so often, that it seems like there would be no reason to buy yet another printing of the book.  Even better than the story, I fell in love with Dave Stevens’ art when I first laid eyes on it way back in the late ’80s, so this edition the artist’s black and white art became a must buy.  Here’s a gallery of the unboxing.

From the IDW Publishing press release

IDW Publishing and the estate of Dave Stevens are pleased to announce a very special book honoring the work of this esteemed creator. Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be a mammoth 12″ x 17″ hardcover book printed in glorious black and white. Nearly every page in The Rocketeer has been scanned from Stevens‘ original art to ensure the best possible reproduction and highest degree of accuracy. Printed on uncoated stock and at the same size as the original art, Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be the next best thing to holding the actual art by Dave Stevens.

“This is the Dave Stevens book I’ve been chomping at the bit to do,” said IDW Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, “As an art lover, I can’t imagine a finer book on Dave’s work.”

If you’ve got the money, and you love Dave Stevens’ art, then this is a collected edition that can’t be passed up.  Well worth it for me.


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  1. That’s so sweet! The design looks awesome, especially the back cover logo.

    I don’t think I even have shelves that could hold it though.

    Still way jealous.

  2. Hi….I was wondering. Does your title page (Art for Arf’s Sake) Have what looks like a couple brown stains on it?
    I can’t tell if the ones on mine are part of the reproduction of all the various smudges and flaws….or a real flaw.
    It may sound goofy to ask….but, it did cost 100.00

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