The Book of Boba Fett: Three Keys You Need

by Matt Tuck

111921C-300x157 The Book of Boba Fett: Three Keys You NeedThe Book of Boba Fett is coming, could that mean record sales for these key issues?

After decades of questions and debating, one of Star Wars’ most popular figures will get his own canonical series. Above all else, fans are hoping it rectifies his painfully embarrassing “death” scene from Return of the Jedi. While we wait for the show to premiere, here are three keys you will want to watch.

Marvel-Comics-Super-Special-16-222x300 The Book of Boba Fett: Three Keys You NeedMARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #16

Although Star Wars #42 tends to get the glory, the official first comic appearance of Boba Fett happened in Marvel Super Special #16. The difference between the two issues is that the Super Special is less of a traditional comic than SW #42. In the Bronze Age, Marvel used different titles to test ideas, like Special Marvel Edition and Marvel Spotlight. The Super Special was different from those in that it was closer to being a magazine than anything else Marvel printed at the time. The early issues featured rock stars like The Beatles and KISS, and the series also was used to promote different movies. 

Most collectors typically gun for the 9.6 Marvel Super Special #16. Since this time last year, there have been 12 sales, and two copies reached the $1,500 mark in January. Prices have cooled since then, and the most recent sale from November 12 was for $736. Although that is a vast drop from those January sales, it is still well above 2020’s $194 fair market value.

Star-Wars-42-196x300 The Book of Boba Fett: Three Keys You NeedSTAR WARS #42

Here we have Boba Fett’s debut in the canonical Star Wars comic series.

This has long been one of the major Star Wars comics to own, but The Mandalorian sent the fair market values into overdrive. Then came Boba’s appearances on the show, and the upcoming Book of Boba Fett will drive this issue to new records in short order.

Already this month, a 9.8 has reached the $4k mark, although the last sale on November 9 was for $2,906. The most popular grade over the past year has been the 9.6.

Over 67 sales since November 2020, it has averaged $1,050, which is more than double last year’s average of $445. So far this month, it has twice sold for $1,200+.

Star-Wars-81-196x300 The Book of Boba Fett: Three Keys You NeedSTAR WARS #81

This is one of the unsung heroes of Boba Fett keys. After years of Star Wars fans theorizing ways that the ultimate bounty hunter could have escaped the Sarlacc, Marvel made his Return of the Jedi survival a canonical comic book story.

It also happens to be the first solo adventure starring Boba, which gives you two reasons to want this issue. Odds are, Book of Boba Fett will retell the character’s Sarlacc escapade, and that could add more value to Star Wars #81.

Prices are actually down for this issue, at least for the moment. From August through September, the graded 9.8 was regularly earning between $800-$900. However, the last three sales were in $500 territory, the most recent of which was on November 13. 

THE BOOK OF HIGH PRICES

More than likely, The Book of Boba Fett will be another hit for Disney+, and that success will equal new records for those Boba keys. With the lag in prices for many grades, this could be an opportune moment to get a piece of the action if you’ve been on the fence.

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3 comments

Joshua Stone November 28, 2021 - 1:07 pm

Where does the Treasury Edition size from Parkes Run of the Special Edition fall into all of this in terms of rarity? I think the value is downgraded because many people aren’t aware of them and they can’t be graded or slabbed.

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Zesty November 28, 2021 - 3:12 pm

Don’t sleep on the brand new War on Bounty Hunters comics… They tip they’re hand on story lines and plot lines. Heads up on 1st appearances of Wookies not named Chewbacca!!

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Trent M Wolodko December 2, 2021 - 6:33 pm

My copy of 9.6 Marvel Super Special 16 sold @ Heritage for $1170 (inc. premium) on Nov 29. I was a little disappointed by that. I am keenly aware of the history of not just SS16, but also the Parkes treasury sized edition and the Marvel Illustrated Mass Market Paperback version. All three were on sale days after the movie premiered in late May, 1980, embargoed from sale until AFTER the movies release, despite many who believe they were available prior to the film. Lucasfilm had an embargo to protect the revelation of Darth as Luke’s father. Oops, did I spoil that?

The late May, 1980 release puts all three of them out months prior to issue #42 which hit the stands in September of 1980, each of them tied for the first appearance of Boba Fett, and many other characters such as Lando, the Emperor, IG88, etc. The pocketbook is unique in that they did not have time to alter its layout (They altered the layout to preserve individual panel sizes) prior to release, and as such, that version contains earlier Yoda illustrations and some dialogue that did not appear in SS16 and the Treasury Edition, which were both quickly edited to match the version of Yoda portrayed in the film prior to going to print.

I hope that answers the question above regarding the treasury edition and the pocketbook. I’m quite surprised at how cheap those are to obtain compared to the SS16 and #42. Also, CGC used to grade treasury editions, maybe they still do, I don’t know. CBCS will absolutely grade a treasury edition, but not encapsulate it. They’ll just put it in a big mylar bag and attach their tamper-proof stickers to it.

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