When Steve Ditko split from "Amazing Spider-Man" in 1966, John Romita took over art for the comic, illustrating a long run of seminal tales from the mid 1960s into the 1970s.
Romita's polished Peter Parker was a more handsome than Ditko's scrawny, bespectacled version, and became the template for how the character looks today. A great romance comics artist, Romita was a master at drawing beautiful female characters, and his first depiction of Mary Jane Watson made Peter and many readers swoon.
Now a selection of that great art will be spotlighted in large-format size shot from the original inked pages in "John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artisan Edition," out in March from IDW Publishing and available for pre-order now from Amazon.
Jazzy John Romita was for many the definitive artist on the Amazing Spider-Man. His sleek line work brought the web-slinger to life for a generation of fans. This volume collects issues 67, 68, 69, 71, 75, and 84 in their entirety. Additionally there is a beautiful gallery section of Romita extras.
Like all of IDW's award-winning Artist Edition style books, each page has been painstakingly scanned from the original art to ensure the finest possible reproduction, mimicking the experience of seeing Romita's hand-drawn pages--it's the next best thing to owning the art! While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art--for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique.