When I hear the name Sam Kieth, I instantly think of MAXX and a handful of Batman-related titles. It’s definitely a unique art style, one that may not originally be associated with comic books, but it’s something that has a beautiful look and feel to it. IDW has partnered with Kieth to deliver a new coffee table book that contains much of the work that we, his fans, will have never seen before. Here’s the press release:

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Prepare to Enter THE WORLDS OF SAM KIETH
The First in a Series of Gorgeous Art Books Hits This June!

Worlds_of_Sam_Kieth_CoverSan Diego, CA (March 27, 2013) – Comics fans are in for a treat this June when IDW Publishing releases THE WORLDS OF SAM KIETH, VOL. 1. 256 pages paintings, drawings, sketches and photographs, nearly all of which have never been seen outside of a lucky few. Sam Kieth has been creating his particular brand of vivid, gorgeous art for decades—from his break though success on Wolverine to his legendary series The Maxx, followed by Batman, Zero Girl, and many others, Kieth has astounded his rabidly faithful fans with his signature knack for eye-popping graphics and incredible stories.
“I’m truly honored that IDW is publishing a book of so many of my unseen drawings and paintings,” said Sam Kieth, “as well as allowing me the opportunity to reveal my creative process as an artist. This is going to be awesome!”

Sam is one of the quirkiest artists I know, and I say that in the best possible way,” said Editor Scott Dunbier, “he has a unique vision that never ceases to impress me—and the work he has crafted for this book kicks it up a notch!”

Not a career retrospective, but rather, a glimpse into the realm of a constantly evolving artist as he unveils his secret worlds for the first time. This is a watershed release for a wide swath of fans and collectors that is not to be missed. And, rest assured, it’s only the first!

THE WORLDS OF SAM KIETH, VOL. 1 (HC, FC, $49.99, 256 pages, 8 ¾” x 11 ½”)
ISBN: 978-1-61377-492-2

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Although I’m not the kind of guy to have something like this as a coffee table book (or to even OWN a coffee table book, for that matter) it’s definitely something for those who want artwork-oriented discussion items for their living rooms to consider. Is this something you’ll be looking into?