Comic Book Speculation Chat Summary #11: Undervalued Star Wars Comics

Here is a list of undervalued Star Wars comics as recommended by the community. Many of these are still affordable and contains first appearances of popular Star Wars characters.

Picks that I like

There were quite a number of issues being mentioned in the chat. Below is what I personally liked. That is not to say the rest is no good but every investor has his or her own preference.

Star Wars #16

Date of Publication: 1978
Sale number: 278,759

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Valance the Hunter

 

I am generally bullish on the Bounty Hunters corner of the Star Wars Universe. The Bounty Hunter comics currently being published by Marvel comics shows how interesting and different they can be, relative to the usual Jedi vs Sith.

To show you the current demand, below is the September 2020 sales number for the Bounty Hunter comics, relative to other more “well known” titles. Note that I am using the low estimates from comichron instead of the higher estimates.

  • Star Wars Bounty Hunter #5: 27,000
  • Miles Morales Spider-Man #18: 27,000
  • X-Force Vol 6, #12: 29,500
  • Star Wars Darth Vader Vol 3, #5: 33,500

Evidently, there is demand for Bounty Hunters stories from comic readers. That is a good sign for comic speculators/investors interested in this segment as it is some proof of demand.

There is also a Boba Fett show that is happening. I believe this will expose more Bounty Hunters and create excitement for these characters. This is where this pick comes from as Valance the Hunter is one of the more prominent Bounty Hunters

Star Wars #16 is a 1978 book, meaning the print run will be high. In fact, the 1979 statement of ownership shows that an average of around 280,000 copies were sold via direct and newsstand. Since Star Wars #16 is published in the tail end of 1978 (October), I believe it will have similar sales number as 1979 books.

As such, you will want to invest in the most scarce editions of this book. I believe that will be the direct edition, as shown in the image above. At this time, newsstand is still the primary distribution channel so newsstand copies are more common.

In addition, there is some confusion in the market, thinking that these direct editions are “reprint”. Hence they were not particularly well kept, resulting in a lack of high grade copies available.

Having said that, there are definitely more direct editions by 1978, relative to 1976-77. For more such information, please read my newsstand vs direct comics in the bronze age.

One final thing to note is that there are other Bounty Hunters to pay attention to beside Valance. Cad Bane is definitely another one to watch, given he is someone that Boba Fett respects.

Below is a table showing some of the Bounty Hunters and their current values. This can serve as a good benchmark analysis if you want to invest in this segment of Star Wars comics.

IssuesCharacterSupplyPrices in NMPrice in 9.8
Star Wars #42Boba Fett255,985USD 280USD 1,500
Star Wars Jedi Mace Windu One ShotAsajj Ventres19,687USD 150USD 500
Star Wars #16Valance279,759USD 15USD 350
Darth Maul Vol 2, #2Cad Bane 60,145USD 18USD 200
Attack of the Clones #2 Jango Fett38,904USD 8No data
Dark Horse Star Wars #7   Aurra Sing35,619USD 20USD 325
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Boba Fett is clearly the most popular Bounty Hunter. As such, Star Wars #42 is a the category ceiling for the rest of the books. Most wouldn’t be able to reach the prices of this book but you can take a proportion of it, based on how you view these other bounty hunter characters.

Star Wars The Old Republic #4

Date of Publication: 2010
Sale number: 16,160

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Vitiate
2. First appearance of Darth Marr
3. First appearance of Darth Thanaton

 

The most significant appearance for this book is that of Vitiate, although there are a couple of other Darths as well. Vitiate, if you are unaware, can be seen as the Thanos equivalent in the 5000 – 3500 BBY era as he was basically the Sith Emperor.

Currently, Vitiate mostly appear in the games and novels, thus making him a relatively unknown figure among comic collectors. However, for someone with his powers and popularity, it is a worthwhile character to invest for the long term.

Besides the character, the book itself has a tiny print run of only 16k. That small number means the book can blow up easily if Vitiate makes an appearance in Marvel comics or TV shows.

Thrawn #3

Date of Publication: 2018
Sale number: 34,345

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Arihnda Pryce

 

The Thrawn comics is one of the most underrated Star Wars comics from Marvel. It is a political thriller and is worthy of a read for anyone who cares about this IP.

In this series, there is a strong supporting character Arihnda Pryce who has already appeared in games and novels. This is, however, her first comic appearance. If you read the comics, you will love the character as she reminds me of an older Doctor Aphra.

This book has a variant that is pretty hard to find. However, I would just go for the regular cover as it is much cheaper and I prefer lottery books to be cheap.

Other Star Wars first appearances

Besides the above, here are the other issues that have been mentioned.

Poe Dameron #1

Date of Publication: 2016
Sale number: 175,322

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Poe Dameron

High print run book so look for the variants or 2nd print

 

Return of the Jedi #3

Date of Publication: 1983
Sale number: 180,213

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Mon Mothma

Ross recommended this one so blame him if it doesn’t work out LOL

 

Star Wars Legacy #5

Date of Publication: 2006
Sale number: 34,360

Key strengths of this book
1. 2nd appearance of Darth Nihilus

 

Force Awakens #3

Date of Publication: 2016
Sale number: 41,575

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Snoke
2. First appearance of Bazine Netal
3. First appearance Maz Kanata

 

Cover suggestions

Besides the first appearances, the chat also mentioned a number of Star Wars covers that are cool.

Here are their issue numbers

  1. Star Wars #81 – A cover by Tom Palmer and also continues the Boba Fett Story
  2. Star Wars #92 – A wonderful cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  3. Spidey Super Stories #31 – A parody cover of Star Wars Magazine

Conclusion

Overall, this is one of the most productive spec talks we have had recently. Hope you enjoy this summary and has new speculation ideas.

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