IDW Publishing announced this weekend at WonderCon 2011 the release of a new hardcover collecting 7 issues of Walt Simonson‘s classic run on Marvel’s The Mighty Thor. The collection will be called Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition and will be out this July. The collection will feature issues #337-340 and #360-362 of Simonson’s run. These issues feature the debut of fan favorite character Beta Ray Bill. The collection, which will debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, will be 176 oversized (12″ x 17″) pages and will run you $100. [Update: Currently $73.03 at amazon.]
“I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be able to do a book like this. Each page is shot from Walter Simonson’s original art and printed same size””really just too cool. Thanks to Marvel Entertainment for being so enthusiastic about this project from the start!,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW Special Projects Editor, in a statement released by the publisher.
While at WonderCon this weekend, Geeks of Doom’s Tom Cheredar spoke with AnnaMarie White, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for IDW, regarding how IDW was able to obtain the rights to publish the run.