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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Star Wars Key Comics Part 4


Welcome to Part 4 of this Star Wars key comics series. I'm already getting quite bored with this keys list so let's just get a move on with this one.

If you missed Part 3, just click the link to read up on that before this one.




STAR WARS #44
Last Part to Empire Strikes Back adaptation
Lightsaber duel with Vader
The last part to the Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation, and the cover to Star Wars #44 is not misleading like the cover to issue #6 in the comic series. This cover has the famous first confrontation and Lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

Of course, this is also where Luke finds out Vader is his poppa just after big daddy Vader cuts Luke's hand off. There are two versions of this comic - One is Direct Market and the other Newstand. I think the Newstand has the UPC on it. Both are the same, and doesn't really matter between the two. At least in the market today. This Bronze Age comic was published February, 1981. Good stuff!

eBay - A bit more limited selection for this one. There are quite a few raw copies and some are in high grades or at least advertised as such. Only three CGC copies though. Highest is a 9.8 and there are two. Lowest is a 9.2 low NM.

mycomicshop - Four copies here with one being a CGC 9.8. Others are all raw and the highest raw is a VF and is in stock not on consignment.




STAR WARS #68
Re-intro Boba Fett

Actually, Overstreet's note is misleading. It's not the re-intro of Bobba Fett, but the character is actually Fenn Shysa, a Mandolarian in a get up like Bbba Fett's. However, anything Boba Fett is pretty sought out right now in comics since Disney announced that a Boba Fett spin-off movie was in the works.

I suppose, this could be considered Fenn Shysa's first appearance as well. February, 1983 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Only 4 CGC copies and the highest is a 9.8, but I think the price is a bit steep for this key issue. There are also 9.6s available as well. Raw copies present, but watch out for the Hasbro reprints. They have Lucasfilm logo where the UPC box is.

mycomicshop - Wow, no shortage of copies here for this one at mycomicshop currently. Five CGC copies all high grade. Plenty of raw copies but the highest is a VF+.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 NM+ here. Only copy so far.


 


STAR WARS RETURN OF THE JEDI #1-4
Return of the Jedi official movie adaptation

For some reason, Marvel decided to go outside of their Star Wars titled comic series and adapt the extremely popular Return of the Jedi movie in it's own 4 issue limited series. Then again, this was the era of the limited series in comics, so not entirely surprising.

To be honest, I thought that this movie would be the end of the Star Wars movies, and was an extremely good film to wrap up the entire trilogy or saga. Issue #4 sees the first appearance of the Ewoks in comics. This limited series was published October, 1983 - January, 1984.

eBay - No problem finding raw copies or CGC copies for this limited series. Most are in high grade concerning slabbed copies. Raw copies are up in the air and will probably need to study the photos before pushing that bid or Buy It Now button if you want high grade raw.

mycomicshop - Quite a few options for comics 1-4 to this series here. High grade CGCs are present for all issues except #3. Plenty of raw copies to sift through.

NewKadia - All issues in stock except for the first one. Highest seems to be VF+s more most issues in this series at NewKadia currently.





STAR WARS #107
Last issue to Marvel Comics series
Low distribution
Not surprising that the last and final issue to the Marvel Comics Star Wars series is a bit more sought out than most of the other issues in this series since it had low distribution. 9.8s are near the $300 mark already. The mostly black cover also makes it hard for this comic to be in the higher grades as well.

Star Wars #107 is definitely one of the more solid comic investments out this Star Wars series. It was published September, 1986.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies and this comic is no cheap buy even for unslabbers. CGC 9.8s are already in the $300s and 9.6s in the $200s.

mycomicshop - Only two CGC copies and the top one so far is a 9.6 NM+. The rest are raw copies and the highest are two FNs.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy available so far.

ComicLink - Four copies here and all are CGC except one. Highest  CGC is 9.4 with the second highest a 9.2 low NM. PGX is a 9.8 and signed by Whilce Portacio.





STAR WARS DARK EMPIRE #1
1st issue to comic series
1st Dark Horse Star Wars comic series
This is a six part limited series and the first attempt by Dark Horse Comics to write and expand on the future Star Wars stories in comic books post Return of the Jedi. As it's been announced that the new Star Wars movies will be all original stories and not based on any novel or comic book expansion, it's highly unlikely that this comic will have any significance to the films. Luke does begin turning to the Dark Side in this series though.

Still it's an important issue to Star Wars comic fans as it is Dark Horse's first Star Wars comic series. The story takes up when Emperor Palpatine somehow resurrected through cloning technology. This series also sees the official re-introduction of Boba Fett, who was thought to be long perished and eaten by the Sarlaac during the events of Return of the Jedi. It was published March, 1991.

eBay - All sorts of options for this 90s comic on eBay at the moment. There's plenty of raw copies, but only two CGC copies so far. They are both 9.6 NM+s. Raw copies are a lot cheaper but 9.6s are around or under $50 if you prefer them slabbed.

mycomicshop - Only one raw VF+ copy in stock at the moment.

NewKadia - Three copies here all high grade raw. Highest is a NM+ and lowest is a low NM.




STAR WARS DARK EMPIRE #2
Low print run
2nd issue to first Dark Horse Star Wars comic series
For those who like to chase comics with low print runs, this Copper Age comic just may be for you then. Not really sure why #2 had a low print run, but this is also the 2nd issue to the first Dark Horse Star Wars comic series if that makes any difference or gets ya excited.

Anyhow, the Dark Empire comic series is a fan favorite, so if you're into late Copper Age comics, this issue or series may be one to consider snagging up. This issue was published April, 1991.

eBay - This one will definitely be a hunt for as eBay's search lists everything from both series. I saw a few raw copies, and only one CGC copy of the first print. It's a 9.8 and already priced above the $100 mark. Last auction dropped below the $100 for this issue at CGC 9.8. CGC listing currently up has a Best Offer though.

mycomicshop - Only one FN copy in stock so far here. It is raw.

NewKadia - NM+ and a NM in stock at NewKadia at the time of this writing.



One more part to go in this Star Wars key comics list. The next part will deal with mostly Modern Age and variants. Not particularly my favorite subjects in comic books, but if they are for you and you're a Star Wars fan, you might want to take a gander.

If you missed Part 3, click the PREVIOUS link below. Other than that, click the PART 5 link to continue on with this Star Wars key issues list.



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