Sight unseen, I wanted to recommend the above to any of my readers who have a steady income and can afford its necessarily steep price. I'll never be able to afford a copy but I have no doubt it's worth every penny. From IDW's Scott Dunbier and the same folks who brought you the incredible and downright amazing WALLY WOOD ARTIST'S EDITION last year.
Here's the IDW official press info:
This very special Artist’s Edition features more than 20 incredible stories and 15 classic covers—including the cover of MAD #!—and every issue of MAD from #1 to #18 is represented by either a cover or story (and often both!) and is scanned from the actual original art and printed same-size as drawn—A massive 15 x 22 inches! If you are a fan of MAD, or just great cartooning, this is the Artist’s Edition for you—192 gigantic pages of MAD goodness!
Brought to you by the same team responsible for the Eisner Award-winning Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer: The Artist's Edition, as well as Wally Wood’s EC Stories: Artist’s Edition.
WHAT IS AN ARTIST’S EDITION?
AN ARTIST'S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL 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. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.
So if you can afford it, get it before it's gone which will no doubt be quickly! Some of the best comics ever made in the closest thing to a book of original art most of us will ever see!