Can The Mandalorian Defibrillate Star Wars Comics?

by Norman Robinson III

star-wars-aphra-195x300 Can The Mandalorian Defibrillate Star Wars Comics?The Star Wars franchise has been on life support over the last few movies. Held together in the ICU by fans and the brilliant writing and execution of one tiny TV series: The Mandalorian. This homage to “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” is a welcome refresh to the entire Star Wars saga. Especially after they had folks driving this franchise like a speeder bike right into the side of a Sequoia tree (Return of the Jedi reference).

The latest news? The Mandalorian is back! We have already seen our first preview trailer last week for season two. Now we can look forward to an October rollout. As a fan of Star Wars all the way back to the 70s; I thank God for the creative genius unleashed in The Mandalorian. What impact will this have on Star Wars keys of the Bronze, and Modern Age and the very franchise itself?

 

star-wars-1-195x300 Can The Mandalorian Defibrillate Star Wars Comics?Star Wars #1

This comic is being consumed by fans everywhere. Whereas five years ago they were just starting to rise in value but ubiquitous in most comic shops and online stores. Now, they have significantly risen in price as evidenced by the normal price print taking sixth place for the most popular Bronze Age book last month. The most recent sale of $435 for a grade 9.6 shows a significant increase in value for this beloved classic.

 

 

 

 

Title Grade Sale Price Return
Star Wars #1 9.8 $2,000 +52%
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1  9.8 $24 -11.2%
Star Wars #42 9.8 $1,200 +185%

 

star-wars-aphra-195x300 Can The Mandalorian Defibrillate Star Wars Comics?Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 

This comic was written by Kieron Gillen, the art of Kev Walker and Salvador Larroca, with cover art by Kamone Shirahama. This book turned up at #31 in the GoCollect popularity ranking. That said, it appears to have very little value and unless we see something with Doctor Aphra on screen. The shine on this droid will definitely rub off over time. Not displayed here is the significant drop in price in 9.8 last sale which has seen a 50% decrease, are folks unloading these?

 

 

 

 

star-wars-boba-196x300 Can The Mandalorian Defibrillate Star Wars Comics?Star Wars #42

This is the first appearance of Boba Fett in comics. As he is quite possibly one of the most popular of the Star Wars villains. This book was written in 1980 by Archie Goodwin and Danny Figeroth. The pencil team consisted of Al Williamson. Carlos Garzon, and Carmine Infantino. Short-term this book is dominating the others by far and has significant profits up and down the graded spectrum.

Conclusion:

This matchup is much like the cantina scene from Star Wars the movie. The other two books get dismembered while Star Wars #42 cuts through them like a Lightsaber. The depth and popularity of this book make it a long-term buy and hold.

The first appearance of Boba Fett in comics is comparable in age to Star Wars #1. We are going on several decades old and the rarity brings out the value in this key. Bronze Age comics have come into their own. In addition, the series The Mandalorian has spurred on price spikes in all things Star Wars. Perhaps with another defibrillator shock; Mando can save not only baby Yoda but the very franchise itself.

 

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20 comments

Barry goldstein September 1, 2020 - 4:08 pm

It’s Star Wars 42 not 52

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:44 pm

Thanks for the follow-up, it has been corrected. Nam

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Wayne September 1, 2020 - 6:16 pm

Need to change it to Star Wars #42 not #52

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:43 pm

thanks

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barry goldstein September 1, 2020 - 7:18 pm

42 not 52

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:43 pm

ok. thanks.

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Number 4 September 1, 2020 - 7:53 pm

It’s Star Wars 42, not 52.

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:43 pm

noted. thanks

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Dave Stevens September 1, 2020 - 9:24 pm

How did the ’52’ typo carry through the whole article. I thought I was learning about something new but really it was just Star Wars 42. Should have mentioned 68 and 81 and 107 as well as the kings of star wars collectibles: the 35 cent variants.

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:42 pm

Sorry Dave, mistakes happen it has been corrected, and appreciate the follow-up.

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T La Ross September 2, 2020 - 12:24 am

Star Wars comics are already selling at an all time high and what Mandalorian trailer are you talking about?

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:41 pm

I have to disagree with you on one small point; thinking in terms of the build-up to the last three movies “wars” comics were hot. Thanks for reading.

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T La Ross September 3, 2020 - 6:40 pm

No, They were not. I had about 1,000 total, am down to around 400 now and have been selling for the last 1-2 years. I’m acutely aware of their value and have sold over 20 Clone Wars #1s since July of last year.

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 10:56 pm

Sure and they had their last major movie in December 2019. But I won’t dispute your anecdotal evidence, personally I haven’t sold as many without a major movie. May I ask do you sell online or only retail?
Best wishes…Nam

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T La Ross September 4, 2020 - 1:38 am

Ebay. Here’s my recent sold listings. You can scroll through and see there’s been quite a few. There are also some current listings as well. I still have several hundred left. Sales weren’t anything like this during any movie release. I was buying/selling during the last three Star Wars movies and am quite aware of their values then. I sold my Clone Wars comics about a year too early unfortunately. https://www.ebay.com/sch/highkoalitycomics/m.html?_nkw&_armrs=1&_ipg&_from&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2046732.m1684

Norman Robinson III September 22, 2020 - 4:54 pm

Thanks, you seem to move in a ton of that new Star Wars stuff. I was mainly thinking about Bronze Age books. But thanks, you may have a point. Nam

kon_jelly September 2, 2020 - 8:36 am

> We have already seen our first preview trailer last week for season two.

Trailer was delayed for an unknown reason. We haven’t seen any season 2 previews yet. 🙁

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:37 pm

It may have been fan-generated, but I believed it was a teaser trailer with recaps.

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Joe B September 2, 2020 - 2:22 pm

The Dr. Aphra shown is from vol. 2 which just came out this year (fine story, but unremarkable as a key), and was written by Alyssa Wong. Vol. 1 is by Gillen, not sure which value info you’re providing. The real Doctor Aphra book to be watching is Darth Vader #3 (1st appearance of Aphra) current FMV $280 at CGC 9.8, theres also a variant witch is sought after as well.

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Norman Robinson III September 3, 2020 - 2:35 pm

Yeah, I appreciate the info will look into the book. Thanks, Nam

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