Last year, the original Star Wars comic book appearance of Bo-Katan Kryze — played by Katee Sackhoff in both The Mandalorian and animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars — sold for over $1,000. Now, it’s Luke, Han, and Leia’s turn.
An original copy of the 1977 Marvel comic, “Star Wars #1″, is set to be auctioned with a starting bid of $15,000. The comic book is autographed by the majority of the Star Wars original trilogy’s core cast — Mark Hamill (Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).
This Star Wars memorabilia is especially valuable, from monetary and sentimental standpoints, since both Fisher and Mayhew have passed away in recent years. It will be sold on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Games Radar shared some interesting details about this Star Wars comic book issue, which hit newsstands about a month before George Lucas’s original 1977 Star Wars movie — now known as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope thanks to the addition of the prequel trilogy and the sequel trilogy:
The comic, graded 9.6 by CGC Signature Series, has an opening bid of $15,000 and will be auctioned by Los Angeles, CA.’s Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
Considered a long-shot at the time it came out due to the relative obscurity of Star Wars prior to its game-changing release, Marvel acquired the license after several publishers passed on adapting the film to comic books when Marvel’s then editor-in-chief Roy Thomas took a gamble on the property. Thomas adapted the story himself alongside artist Howard Chaykin, who was also still in the process of making a name for himself in the comic book industry.
After this gamble on an unknown galaxy far, far away, the Star Wars franchise, of course, went to become one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons of all time.
Hamill, Ford, and the late Fisher went on to reprise their characters in the Star Wars universe for over 40 years, first in the final two films of the original trilogy — Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) — and then in the sequels — Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and, the final Skywalker Saga movie, Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
Then, following The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the Star Wars fan community was able to set foot on a Star Wars planet for the first time when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Now, the Star Wars galaxy continues to expand with at least 11 new streaming series and several movies in the works. It is certainly an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan — and (if you have a spare $15K laying around, of course) owning the comic book that is being sold this week would give you the opportunity to have a piece of cinematic history in your own home.
Currently, Lucasfilm’s High Republic publishing and multimedia initiative includes numerous graphic novels and traditional novels by popular authors like Star Wars writer Charles Soule. There are also ongoing Marvel comic series featuring iconic Star Wars characters.
Details about the “Star Wars #1″ auction can be found here.
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If you are interested in reading more of Marvel’s Star Wars comics for yourself, visit Marvel’s official Star Wars comics webpage for a full reading list, including Star Wars tales about Dark Lord Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and all of your favorite light side heroes. There are also a number of Dark Horse Comics Star Wars stories you can check out online.