Mighty Thor Artist's Edition
ISBN: unknown at posting
IDW is a strange and wonderful beast when it comes to releasing collected material. This book contains scans of Walt Simonson's original artwork from Mighty Thor # 337-340, and 360-363. These are Marvel books, in case that wasn't apparent. So how does IDW have the ability to publish these? I don't know. I suppose that these days the artist does own their original art, but under those parameters, what would stop a creator from self-publishing a "Marvel Essential" style book? Kinda weird.
And also kinda cool. I'll say this about IDW, they have a real knack for producing quality material and packaging it in a most attractive manner, and this book is no exception. I'll say this as well - they also have a knack for making sure that nobody has the ability to back order or purchase their attractive product after initial release.
Which is a long way around saying that I think this book has all the makings of a very solid earner. This isn't the first "Artist's Edition" of the series. There's a Dave Stevens collection or three somewhere out there. You can expect to pay $250 to obtain a copy of that book. Good luck finding anybody with one.
Incidentally, there is also a variant cover edition available, it was available exclusively at this year's San Diego Comic Con. That's a nice one to have as well. $100 is a steep price to pay, but it's a really nice product with a track record, and I don't see people losing interest in that Thor run of Simonson's.
One more incidentally. Somewhere down the line IDW also plan on producing a Will Eisner Spirit Artist's Edition. You'll probably want to pre-order that.
See, I told you Marvel owns this stuff. I've made quite a bit of money on Vol 2 and Vol 3 on this series, at least I did before they went back to press on new editions. Right now Amazon min on this book is sitting right around $45. It's tough to advocate paying full retail on a copy with the prices in that range.
Still, there is some wiggle room there, and if you can score something at Half Price or eBay dirt cheap I think this is a pretty easy sell. As mentioned earlier, there is strong interest in Simonson's Thor run. And there should be, because it's bad ass.
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Hey, look, IDW created a high quality series of books that nobody can get hold of. That's odd. These books are just a year or two old, mind you.
These are reprints of the old Dick Tracy comic strips. It's hard core niche stuff, which often makes for the best profit opportunities. I don't need the most popular thing in the world. I need something that a few people just have to have, and can't seem to find it.
Amazon min on Volume 9 is sitting around $130 as I type this, and Volume 10 has a min price of $165. It's appropriate to wonder if those prices are actually out in space or feasible. All I can tell you is that I had a copy of Volume 10 last week, posted it for $125 and it popped inside of 24 hours. So I feel pretty comfortable buying either book at full retail.
Every time I open my mouth I'm extolling the virtues of Scott Snyder's run on Detective, and apparently I'm not the only person who has noticed how ridiculously good it is.
Prices are a little spotty right now, but this issue is consistently closing on eBay for $15-$20, and I don't think it's a fluke. My guess is that the floppy dips a bit (or a lot) when the material is available in collected form, because I think that market is being driven by people trying to read the issue, not invest.
It's an interesting window right now, though, and I do like the comic long term at $4 because I think history will look very kindly on Snyder's run, and print runs are relatively tiny in 2011.