You know that feeling you have when you get a new page of original art? You just bask in the glory of it. Savoring every detail.  Memorizing every nuance. You develop a personal relationship with it. It’s amazing what that single page can make you feel.

Now multiple that feeling 176 times (one for every page) and you MIGHT begin to understand just how staggeringly awesome IDW’s Walt Simonson’s: The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition is.

The first thing you notice is just how massive the book is. At a full 12’x17″ it dwarfs even the tombstone-sized Alex Toth: Genius Isolated book — though it’s not nearly as thick (photos below show scale compared to regular comic and against a DC Absolute Edition). The book features seven full issues of Thor Walt wrote and drew (Issues #337-340 & #360-363). Walt hadn’t sold any of the pages, so they were able to scan the original art, all in full-color, so you could see construction lines, paste-ups, whiteout etc. Plus, all the pages were lettered by the brilliant John Workman, so you can actually read the story (and study John’s work).

Walt is in my personal pantheon of creators. Of course his work on Thor was legendary, but I hold his X-Factor, Fantastic Four and Orion work in the same regard. All of what makes Walt such an amazing artist is just bursting out of these pages. The power. The energy. The storytelling. The unbelievable draftsmanship.

Owning his full-size pages and getting to really study them is such an amazing opportunity, I can’t even put it into words.  What I can tell you though, is this book has already had a profound affect on how I’ll approach all my future work.

After one day, Walt Simonson’s: The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition is already one of my most cherished books.

Walt Simonson's: The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition Cover

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Walt Simonson's: The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition

Walt Simonson's: The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition

Walt Simonson's: The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition

Walt Simonson's: The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition

Walt Simonson's: The Mighty Thor Artist's Edition

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