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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Star Wars Key Comics Part 2

Jumping hyperspace to Part 2 of this Star Wars key comics list, and we are still on the very first Marvel Comics series. With the new movie slated for next year, a lot of excitement and anticipation is brewing, but Disney has been very tight lipped on new characters they're introducing in this newest trilogy. 

I think that may be a mistake, but then again, what do I know? I just write about comics. Also, as for Star Wars comics canon, those at Lucasfilms usually considers the comics a sub-canon of Star Wars and the movie franchise usually disregards it for the most part. However, the franchise is owned by Disney, so who knows what they might try to pull with the new movies since the comic book rights have reverted back to Marvel.

Anyways, if you missed Part 1, you know what to click to jump back and read up on that. Other than that, punch it Chewie!

Part 4 of 6 to A New Hope movie adaptation
Obi-Wan Darth Vader battle

If we all remember correctly, shortly after our heroes are blocked by Storm Troopers in the Corridor of Death, they all jump into the garbage shoot, where they face some weird trash monster and then the famous scene of the walls closing in on them.

Star Wars #4 goes through the rescuing of Princess Leia. We see Obi-Wan get cut down by Darth Vader and his famous line just before it, "When I left you, I was but a learner. Now I am the master!"

The comic ends with the Millennium Falcon blasting away from the Deathstar and our heroes escaping. There is a 35 cent variant to this issue. I'm not going to list it since I've already listed the first 3 in Part 1 to this Star Wars key issues list. You should know the differences by now, so I'm not going to beat it in your head.

However, if you stumbled upon Part 2 without reading the part before this one, I highly suggest you use the Part 1 link at the top of this post to go back or the PREVIOUS link at the very bottom of Part 2 to do the same.

eBay - Doesn't appear to be a problem finding this issue on eBay at the moment. Appears to be a lot of copies, but they could be the other printings. There are CGC copies as well. Three CGC 9.8s are the highest so far with a few 9.6 NM+s. No 35 cent variants yet though.

mycomicshop - Wow, quite a lot of copies here for this one. Mostly unslabbed copies but there are two CGC copies if you prefer them. One is a CGC 9.8 and the other a CGC 9.6 NM+. The rest are all raw, and the highest are two VF/NM and three VFs. Both the VF/NMs are in stock.

ComicConnect - Six copies here with only one a CGC. The slabbed copy is not the highest and is a 7.0 FN/VF. The others are all raw and the highest are a 9.2 low NM and a 9.0 VF/NM. Other raw options as well.

Part 5 to A New Hope movie adaptation
Price changes to 35 cents regularly

Despite the exciting cover, issue #5 to the first Star Wars series is not really as exciting as the cover lets on. The only real action scene in this issue is the famous Tie-Fighter dog fight scene in outer space. You know, the one where Han and Luke man the Millennium Falcon's rotary guns and blast up some Tie-Fighters.

You see the famous scene where Princess Leia and Han get into it right and Leia accuses Han of caring about nothing but himself. Of course, we remember Luke jumping in like an over-zealous puppy claiming that he does. However, instead of saying it like in the movie, Luke thinks it to himself in the comic.

That method of communication is something the comic movies have had a hard time utilizing. One reason that works very well in comic books is that the reader is allowed into the head of the character's thoughts, while in movies it has been hard to do this unless a voice over narrative is used like in Watchmen, which was done superbly.

This issue ends with the strike against the Empire on route as the X-Wing fighters take off from the Rebel base to bring the Deathstar down.

eBay - Quite a few options here for this issue both slabbed and unslabbed. Unslabbed copies are definitely cheaper for sure. There are about a handful of CGC copies. Only one 9.8 at the time of this writing and two 9.6s. Only other CGC options are 9.2 low NMs.

mycomicshop - We've got three CGC slabs on consignment here. Two are CGC 9.8 and one of them is up for auction. There's also a 9.2 low NM as well as raw copies. Highest raw is a VF and is in stock not on consignment.

ComicConnect - All raw copies if you don't mind them. Highest is a 9.4 NM and second highest a 9.0 VF/NM.

Last part to A New Hope movie adaptation

This cover is extremely misleading but also foresees something that actually happens in Empire Strikes Back. However, nobody really knew if there were to be an Empire Strikes Back or not. No one knew if the first Star Wars movie would tank or not.

If we all remember in the first Star Wars movie, there is no lightsaber confrontation between Luke and Darh Vader. Their confrontation is in a dog fight of sorts.

This issue is nothing short of spectacular with amazing art from Howard Chaykin (penciler); Rick Hoberg and Bill Wray (inkers); and Paty Cockrum (colorist). If you look at just the inside splash page alone, it's freaking awesome!

I'll put a thumb on here, but you can click it to view the larger, original size and see for yourself. Just as awesome as it was seeing the dog fight between the X-Wing Fighters and Tie-Fighters, this issue does the same in a pretty amazing fashion and dedicates the entire issue pretty much to it.

We see all the things play out as it does in the movie, with a few differences that could be used better in comics than in the movie. For instance, when the voice of Obi-Wan tells Luke to trust his feelings, the comic has Luke thinking to himself about how Obi-Wan might not really be dead but instead somehow merged with the Force. 

Of course the issue ends just like the movie with our band of unlikely heroes getting medals. December, 1977 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Plenty of unslabbed copies here for this issue, and there seems to be quite a few CGC slabbed copies as well. Only one 9.8 and a few CGC 9.6 NM+s.

mycomicshop - Only one slabbed copy for those who prefer CGC. It's a 9.6 NM+, and on consignment. There are raw copies in stock, and the highest is a VF.

NewKadia - One low VF copy in stock is all that's here at the moment.

ComicConnect - Two raw copies here with one being a low NM and the other a VF+.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here at the time of this writing.

2nd Treasury-sized edition

In the same fashion as the Marvel Special Edition Star Wars #1, the 2nd issue to this Treasury-sized edition reprinted and collected the stories from Star Wars #4-6 in one issue, completing the movie adaption. These gems are often over-looked by most comic fans, but are probably more well-known to those hardcore Star Wars fans.

If you are a huge fan of Star Wars, this may be a bit of nostalgia worth adding to your vault. CGC copies aren't that easy to find though. Published, 1977.

eBay - Quite a few options here for the regular printing, but it seems that there is no CGC for this one as well.

NewKadia - Only one FN+ copy here, but that is all for the mean time.

2nd Treasury-sized edition
Whitman variant

Here's the Whitman variant, which I've explained before, they aren't hard to pinpoint. They are pretty much the same except with the Whitman logo. These are not more rare than their non-Whitman counterparts.

Actually, the non-Whitman version is more sought out for for the first issue at least. May be for this issue, but not all that sure. Published 1977.

eBay - A little more than a handful available on eBay at the moment. All are raw and no CGC either for the Whitman variant concerning the 2nd Treasury edition.

First original Star Wars Marvel story
First appearance of Crimson Jack

After wrapping up the adaptation with issue #6, the creatives at Marvel did write new stories and expanded on the Star Wars mythos at least in the comic books. They also did create new characters to add to the Star Wars stories, and this is actually the very first story ever to expand on the Star Wars universe outside of the movies.

One of these characters is the villain Crimson Jack and his first appearance is in this issue. This issue actually takes place directly after the Battle of Yavin, where Han Solo and Chewbacca meet this formidable space pirate.

On their way to pay back Jabba, Jack, called "Red Beard" by Han Solo steals Han's reward money for saving Princess Leia. Roy Thomas actually met with Lucas and Hamill to map where the Star Wars comic stories could go, hence why Han Solo would have his reward money stolen. This was published January, 1977.

eBay - Quite a few copies on eBay for issue #7 as well. Most are raw as expected and some of them are the reprints. Six CGC slabbed copies and the highest are three 9.8s. Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ available so far.

mycomicshop - Two CGC 9.8s with one of them up for auction. Rest are raw copies and the highest is a FN. All the raw copies are in stock, so no buyer's premium.

NewKadia - Two raw copies here with the highest being a VF and the lowest a low VF.

Part 2 is completed and we'll be soon making our way into another galaxy of Star Wars key issues and comics. If you missed Part 1, just click the PREVIOUS link below to go back. If you're all good to go, get ready for the next jump to hyperspace by clicking the PART 3 link below to continue our journey.

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