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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Star Wars Key Comics Part 3

We've made it safe and sound to Part 3 of this Star Wars key comics, and since I just found out from a kind reader that Disney announced that they will not be using story lines from the expanded Star Wars universe and that the new trilogy will be completely original stories, so since that's true, I'm not going to go that in-depth with this Star Wars key issues list.

Instead, I will just cover some of the important ones and throw in a little minor ones here and there for Star Wars comic fans. This will not be a long key issues comic list. If you missed Part 2, just click that hyperlink to go back. If not, enjoy Part 3.

First appearance of Amaiza Foxtrain
First appearance of Jaxxon
First appearance of Don-Wan Kihotay
First appearance of FE-9Q, Hedji and Jimm Doshun

To further illustrate the craziness and wackiness that the creatives over at Marvel introduced into the Star Wars comics, issue #8 is great example of first appearances of characters that would make any Star Wars fan scratch their head.

Probably the most off-the-wall character is Jaxxon, a green space bunny. Yes, he's a green space rabbit. A fellow space smuggler, this rambunctious hare hails from the planet Coachelle Prime and accepts a job from Han Solo and became part of the mercenary group known as the Star-Hoppers of Abuda-3. This group was put together by Solo to protect the village of Onacra from Cloud Riders.

Don-Wan Kihotay was a Jedi fanatic, whom wanted to be a real Jedi so badly that he really thought he was. There's a reason why Lucasfilm never used any of the characters from the comics in any of his movie. They are out there and kind of lame. I hope Disney doesn't start thinking, Hey, if a space racoon worked and became popular, perhaps a space bunny will be the next big thing?, fellas, please don't. This comic was published February, 1978, and believe it or not...this comic is actually a little bit more sought out than most of the others from this series.

eBay - We got raw copies and slabbed copies here. Actually, one two CGC copies. One's a 9.8 and the other a 9.6 NM+.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 here and the rest are raw copies. Highest raw is 7.5 low VF and is on consignment. The other raw copies are all in stock, and the highest in stock is a FN+.

NewKadia - Only one VF copy here at the moment.

First Star Wars comic annual
First appearance of S'kytri
First appearance of Kharys

Alright, so far the fact that this is the first annual to the first Star Wars comic series is the only main reason this is somewhat even sought out or desired, which isn't all that much. The S'kytri didn't become all that popular of a Star Wars race of beings, nor did Kharys, whom is S'kytri.

I'm mainly listing this because it's the first annual. This was published, 1980. Released December, 1979.

eBay - A few raw copies here for this issue. There also seems to be a fit of slabbed copies as well. Two 9.8s and a few 9.6s present. All are high grade slabbed copies at the moment.

mycomicshop - VF on consignment and a low grade VG in stock. Both are raw copies.

NewKadia - Four copies here with the highest being a VF+.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.2 and a raw 9.2 low NM here currently.

First appearance of Yoda?
First appearance Boba Fett?
First appearance of Lando Calrissian?
Here's where things get hairy, and first appearances get convoluted in the world of comics and comic magazines. First off, Marvel Comics Super Special #16 ties with Marvel Special Edition Empire Strikes Back #2 when it comes to first appearances of Yoda, Boba Fett, and Lando Calrissian.
However, when it comes to first appearances, this is where the debate begins. With Rocket Raccoon, industry notes his first appearances both in Marvel Preview #7 and in Incredible Hulk #271. For Hulk 271, it's noted as Rocket Raccoon's first appearance in comics, so does that mean that a magazine-sized comic isn't considered a regular comic?

Confusing, I know, so the debate continues. All that's for sure for now concerning this one is that it's an official movie adaptation and precedes the adaption in the Marvel Star Wars comic series. This magazine-sized comic was published in 1980 and released May, 1980.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies for this comic magazine. One CGC 8.5 VF+ located at the moment as well. Not really expensive for raw copies in high grade for this magazine comic.

First appearance of Yoda?
First appearance Boba Fett?
First appearance of Lando Calrissian?
As stated above, this comic magazine ties with Marvel Super Special #16. No one knows which for sure should be considered a reprint or if either one should be considered a reprint. It fully adapts The Empire Strikes Back movie.

Also, much like MSS #16, it's unsure whether industry should note this as the first appearance of Yoda, Boba Fett, or Lando Calrissian. I'm only noting it because I do think these magazine-sized comics should hold some weight concerning that, and at least be considered the first appearance of these characters in the industry and having the other issues in the regular Star Wars Marvel titled series as the first appearances of these characters in "comic books".

eBay - A few raw copies for this magazine comic as well, but not a lot. Two listings have numerous copies for pretty cheap if you're a Star Wars fan and want to stock up on a pretty nice collectible for whatever reasons. No CGC though, but I'm sure there plenty of high grade to choose from concerning this comic magazine.

Part 1 to Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation

Star Wars #39 begins the series adaption to the sequel to Star Wars A New Hope with The Empire Strikes Back. This would be the last movie in the first Star Wars comic series that would see a comic book adaptation.

If you want to talk about an over-looked comic, Star Wars #39 is definitely one and is quite under-valued in the market. Definitely a collectible for any Star Wars fan and has a classic Darth Vader cover. This late Bronze Age comic was published September, 1980. Released July, 1980.

eBay - Seems to be a pretty decent selection for raw copies. A little more than a handful of CGC copies. There are two CGC 9.8s and two 9.6s. Lowest is a 9.4 NM.

mycomicshop - Quite a lot of copies here at mycomicshop. Most are raw and only two CGC copies if you prefer those. Both slabbed copies are 9.6 NM+s and the highest raw copy is a VF/NM.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.2 low NM, and two raw copies that are a 9.2 and a VF.

Part 2 to Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation

Taking up where Part 1 leaves off, Part 2 to the adaptation of Empire Strikes Back in Star Wars #40 sees the famous AT-AT battle scene on the planet Hoth. In the meantime, Chewbacca prepares the Millennium Falcon to escape under Han's orders.

I suppose you could say that this is the first appearance of the AT-ATs in a comic book. Lot's of great nostalgia in these Star Wars adaptations. I know when I first saw the AT-ATs in the movies, I thought they were the coolest looking things. This comic was published October, 1980.

eBay - Only three CGC copies here, but there are two super high grade 9.8s. No problem finding an unslabbed, raw copy for this issue on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Only five copies of this one here for now, and only one slabbed copy that's a CGC 9.8. Highest unslabber is a VF and is on consignment so there will be a buyer's premium. Most definitely can find the same grade for cheaper on eBay.

Part 3 to Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation
First brief appearance of Yoda in comics

Classic cover with the Millennium Falcon on it. The Empire sacks Echo Base and Han Solo takes off with Princess Leia in the Millennium Falcon before Darth Vader and his Imperial troops discover they are gone.

As Imperial pilots give chase, Han Solo plans to enter an asteroid field, hoping that those giving chase will cease their pursuit.

In the meantime, Luke enters the Degobah system and lands on Degobah in search of a legendary Jedi Knight. This issue sees the first brief or cameo appearance of Yoda.

eBay - A handful of CGC copies here for now. Three 9.8 CGC copies and one 9.6 and 9.4. With regular auctions you may get this for under a $100 in the meantime. Plenty of raw copies to choose from.

mycomicshop - Only one slabbed copy here that's a 9.6 NM+. It's a CGC and the rest are raw copies. Highest raw copies are two VFs.

NewKadia - Two copies here and the highest is a VF+. Lowest is a low FN.

Part 4 to Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation
First appearance of Boba Fett in comics
First full appearance of Yoda in comics

Out of the Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation running from #39 to #44, Star Wars #42 and the first appearance of Boba Fett in comics is the most sought out and valuable. This may have to do with talks of a Boba Fett spin-off movie as well.

This comic isn't grossly out of reach though. 9.8s are dropping a bit past the $300 mark and 9.6s are below the $200 mark. An auction might even get you one for cheaper.

We also have the first full appearance of Yoda in comic books also. He was seen briefly at the end of issue #41, so this issue sees Luke shortly after he arrives on Dagobah and begins his Jedi training.

Also Han Solo, Chewie, and Princess Leia  and C-3PO are trying to shake Imperial pilots and go through that asteroid field, where they duck into that so called cave, which ends up being the mouth of a huge space slug.

This issue also sees Darth Vader hiring Boba Fett and his bounty hunters to capture or follow Han Solo. This issue isn't noted as the first appearance of Boba Fett or Yoda, but I'm noting it as their first appearance in regular comics or the titled comic series.

eBay - No scarcity of raw copies for this issue, and about 9 slabbed copies available here so far. Highest, of course, is a CGC 9.8, and about 3 9.6 NM+s at the time of this writing. The 9.8 copy is a listing from mycomicshop and you can probably get it cheaper by going to their site.

mycomicshop - A huge selection here at the moment, but only two CGC copies. They are a 9.8 and a 9.6 NM+. Rest are raw copies and there's a lot of them. Highest is only a 9.2 low NM though.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here at the moment.

Part 5 to Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation
First comic book appearance of Lando Calrissian

Ah, Cloud City and the famous first appearance of Lando Calrissian, another popular Star Wars character. Of course, Star Wars #43 sees the betrayal of Darth Vader and Lando's agreement and Han gets frozen in carbonite.

While in training, Luke Skywalker senses his friends in trouble, and despite Yoda's objections, he leaves Degobah to help his friends. Star Wars #43 was published January, 1981.

eBay - A lot more limited selection compared to the other key Star Wars issues in this list. There are quite a few raw copies and they go for much cheaper but are mostly and probably at lower grades. Six CGC copies here and a few are 9.8s. Two are decently priced and the others over-bloated. Two 9.6s as well.

mycomicshop - Five copies here and two of them are slabbed. They are both CGC and both are 9.8s at the moment with one of them up for auction at the time of this writing. Highest raw copy is a VF and it's in actual stock, not on consignment.

Part 3 is finished and we'll be soon heading into Part 4. Although there are tons of Star Wars related comics, we're coming pretty soon to wrapping this Star Wars key comics list. 

If you missed Part 2, just click the PREVIOUS link to go back. Part 4 is ready so click the PART 4 link to continue reading.


  1. Great site ! cool Key issue lists ! #1 on the web... Solo twins? sons , daughters speculation? give us the goods..

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    1. Thanks for correction...any other misspellings you'd like to point out?

  3. Any comment on Marvel Super Special 16 and all the first Yoda/Boba Fett questions? I've got both the paperback and MSS 16, but am trying to figure out the best way to promote/present them.
    PS: I very much enjoy and appreciate your work.

    1. Hey thanks for bringing those up. I'll have to change some things around to include the Marvel Super Special Empire Strikes back Magazine. It ties with Marvel Special Edition Empire Strikes Back #2 as the two came out the same time and have the same publishing date also. Thank you for mentioning those.

      As for the first appearance part, a bit of controversy will surround this no doubt much like the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Preview #7 and Hulk #271, which industry notes Marvel Preview #7 as the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon and Hulk #271 as Rocket Raccoon's first appearance in comics.

      I would say the MSS #16 and MSE #2 are both the first appearances of Yoda and Boba Fett in a magazine-size comic, but not the first appearance in comics or the Marvel Comic Star Wars series. If industry confusingly did this for Rocket Raccoon, I think it should apply to these Star Wars characters as well.

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