Okay, I was a bit late on noticing the Daredevil edition, but IDW’s site says
New This Week
so I’m ahead of the curve on this one! This was announced back in 2011, but here it is!
Which issues are being collected?
IDW says “This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and features four oversized issues, including extras. Added bonus: the very first Groo story by Sergio (in redrawn form) will also be in this book.” No statement on which four issues will be shown. Since it’s a four-part story, it is probably from the Dark Horse era (1998- ). The very first appearance of Groo was in Destroyer Duck #1, which was reprinted in:
- The Groo Chronicles (Marvel, 1989 series) #2
- Groo Special (Eclipse, 1984 series) #1
The cover shown above is from… I don’t know. It’s not from the Pacific or Marvel/Epic runs. The Grand Comics Database didn’t show it. It’s possible it is an image from an interior page, as the covers are usually somewhat sedate and illustrative. The logo is from 1991, although it has been modified with a curl at the bottom (near the sword). Was it designed by Stan Sakai?
Here’s the text from IDW themselves:
Product DescriptionHC • Black & White • 144 Pages • 12” x 17”
Writer Mark Evanier (Script), Sergio Aragonés (Story & Art) Cover Artist Sergio Aragonés Collection Editor Scott Dunbier
The book will collect the four-part storyline “The Wager of the Gods,” which originally appeared in “Groo the Wanderer” #96-99. [1992-93]
While the Aragones volume will collect one complete “Groo” story, Jack Davis’ book, like the just-released Wally Wood, will contain a collection of shorter works, though Dunbier said the lineup has not yet been solidified. “It is sort of a movable thing. There will be a selection of really great stories, but I have to be a little bit cagey because I don’t want to disappoint people by telling them something’s going to be in it and then it gets bumped,” he said. “I can tell you one story that will be in is ‘Foul Play,’ the famous baseball story.” That story, which first appeared in “The Haunt of Fear” #19 in 1953, was one of the tales specifically cited by Frederic Wertham in “Seduction of the Innocent,” placing it at the center of the censorship and morality debate that would ultimately lead to the creation of the Comics Code Authority.