EXCLUSIVE: IDW and Marvel Announce "Star Wars" Partnership for Artist's Edition and More

It's May 4 -- otherwise known as Star Wars Day stemming from the "May the 4th be with you" pun -- and IDW Publishing has some news befitting the date. CBR has the exclusive first details that the latest extension of IDW and Marvel's partnership involves the "Star Wars" comic book franchise, with IDW developing Star Wars-specific versions of both their acclaimed Artist's Edition line and the Micro Collectors Fun Pack format.

"Marvel has been a terrific and loyal partner, and Star Wars represents an incredible opportunity to further expand our relationship," IDW President and COO Greg Goldstein said in a statement.

Specific details of the contents of IDW's "Star Wars" Artist's Edition have not yet been released, but it will celebrate the original Marvel "Star Wars" series from the '70s, which included work by notable creators including Carmine Infantino, Howard Chaykin, Walt Simonson, Al Williamson and Tom Palmer. The "Star Wars" Artist's Edition is scheduled for release in late fall of this year.

First introduced in 2010, IDW's Artist's Edition line presents oversized hardcovers aiming to reproduce original comic book art at its full, original size. Several Marvel stories have received the Artist's Edition treatment, including Simonson's "Thor," John Romita's "Amazing Spider-Man," John Byrne's "Fantastic Four" and David Mazzucchelli's "Daredevil: Born Again."

"The collaboration between IDW and Marvel has produced some of the most immaculate collections of reprinted original comic book material ever to be offered," Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said in the announcement. "Now with the addition of the Marvel Comics' 1977 'Star Wars' being gathered in this over-sized format, this collection truly is a pantheon of content that any and all fans of Star Wars will want to get their hands on."

The "Star Wars Classic" Micro Collectors Fun Pack is also scheduled to debut in the fall. IDW's Micro Collectors Fun Packs are all-ages releases aimed at mass-market retailers like Target or Toys R Us as well as comic shops, and include a micro-sized comic book reprint, along with extras like stickers or posters.

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