IDW is releasing a new Artist’s Edition in July: Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Artist’s Edition. This one is a monster with 168 pages reprinted in the same size as Kirby’s original art reprinting four classic Fantastic Four issues. This 15” x 22” behemoth includes some of the FF’s greatest foes and adventures like Dr. Doom, Namor, the Inhumans, and the Silver Surfer. The book will also include a gallery of 22 Fantastic Four covers and many pin-ups, splashes, and pages from classic issues. This one is going to be an amazing addition to any Kirby fan’s collection.

“People have literally begged for an oversized Kirby Fantastic Four book,” said Artist’s Edition Editor, Scott Dunbier. “This volume will truly live up to the title WORLD’S GREATEST Artist’s Edition!”

I would say I’m excited about this book, but that would be an understatement. Of all of Kirby’s work, my personal favorite has always been his Fantastic Four. That book really allowed Kirby to flex his pencil and explore a variety of genres and concepts. He got to draw superhero action, complex technology, cosmic epics, and everyday city life. Kirby handled them all with a flare and composition unmatched by any artist since.

Kirby would have turned 100 be in August of 2017, so this is a “fantastic” way to celebrate the man and his unparalleled legacy in the world of comics and popular culture. This is The King in his prime drawing some of his most popular work reprinted in all of its original glory. If you are even remotely thinking about getting this book, you probably want to get your local comic shop to order it for you because I don’t think they will last long in the wild. Don’t miss out!

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Artist’s Edition is scheduled to be in stores in July from IDW Publishing.