“What if he doesn’t survive? He’s worth a lot to me.” – Boba Fett

As published in Comics Buyer’s Guide
Steve Mortensen, columnist since 2004

Star Wars will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was the first movie that I went to see in the theater. I loved the movie, loved the toys, and love the comics. My cousin and I responded to a Craigslist ad a few weeks ago and were able to pick up some vintage 12-inch figures at a bargain price. My favorite 12-inch figure is Boba Fett. He comes with his jet pack, cape, gun, and Wookie scalp (hard to find). Boba Fett made his first appearance in Marvel Comics Super Special #16, the Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation. Strangely, I couldn’t find any past sales of graded copies, and the only copies for sale on eBay were ungraded. It wasn’t until I did a little research that I realized that this issue contained Boba Fett’s first comic-book appearance. Perhaps, as that becomes better known, the issue will appreciate in value. More popular is the first Boba Fett comic-book cover, Star Wars #42. This sells for around $100 in CGC 9.8.

Here are this month’s picks:

Justice League of America #1 (Nov 11). The big news in comics is that DC is restarting all its flagship series with first issues. I hate it when they do that. I love the sequential numbering and the historical ties to the old numbering system. Although I’m not a fan of the concept, I’m a big fan of some new series coming out. Justice League is fresh again with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee at the helm — basically, DC’s power team. It should be great and I hope it will ignite this new DC restart. The Justice League of America first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Mar 60). A CGC 9.0 recently sold in February for $21,510. A CGC 9.4 copy sold for $60,375 back in 2004. According to the CGC census, the CGC 9.4 is the highest-graded copy and the only one in existence.

All-Star Western #1 (Nov 11). I’m a huge Jonah Hex fan. The current series written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti is one of my favorites. I’m not sure at this point if the new All-Star Western is replacing the Jonah Hex series, but Gray and Palmiotti are writing ASW. Jonah Hex first appeared in All-Star Western (2nd series) #10 (Mar 72). A CGC 9.8 copy sold in 2009 for $10,400. Issue #11 features the first Jonah Hex cover and it last sold in CGC 9.8 for $998: a steal, I think. It’s a wonderful cover by Tony DeZuniga (one of my all-time favorite comic covers, actually), and I can’t see the price staying at a tenth of the price of #10, since it’s the first Hex cover.

Action Comics #1 (Nov 11). DC is also relaunching Action Comics from #1. How could I not mention that one in my picks? There are lots of great new titles coming out, and I’m guessing that this one might be on the top of the list of the ones to be graded. Who wouldn’t want to own an Action Comics #1 in CGC 9.8 or better?

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Steve Mortensen owns Miracle Comics and Micurio.com, a free online community for sharing all your collectibles. When not selling comics, Steve works as creative director for Santa Clara, CA based biotech firm Affymetrix. He can be reached at steve@stevemortensen.com.

Research data provided by GPAnalysis.com.


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