From the publisher:
This is it, the John Romita Spider-Man book fans have been waiting for nearly 200 pages of prime John Romita Spider-Man art from his very earliest days on the title, and all but 10 are scanned from the original art (NOTE we decided to add stats of those 10 pages to complete stories. So while this is an Artifact Edition, there are FOUR complete Romita Spider-Man stories in the book)! This over-sized (it's as big as the STERANKO Artist's Edition) Artifact Edition showcases the absolute peak of Romita's tenure on Amazing Spider-Man from his first 15 issues (#39 - #53), and all are twice-up pages--this one is an enormous 15" x 22" tome!
What is an Artifact Edition?
LIKE AN ARTIST'S EDITION, AN ARTIFACT EDITION PRESENTS PAGES SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART. While the Artist's Edition line produces only complete stories, Artifact Editions allow IDW to present books even if all of the original art cannot be obtained, and will include extras such as advertisements, portfolio pieces, color guides, and more.
While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art--for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.