It looks like the Bone spec is going to pan out with Netflix finally securing the rights to Jeff's Smith's award winning series. As all internet sources are currently being raided here is a list of the rarest and most important Bone books.
Easily one of the top indie comics from its era, Bone was a massive hit making the first printing of this book quite rare. If it was tough to find pre-internet spec then it will be even harder now.
Be careful as the logo color determines the printing along with notation in indicia.
Ohio State University released a limited edition ( 500 copies ) commemorative book. It added more strips and other Bone goodies from Smith’s college days.
Issue 1 is mighty expensive but the second print is actually worth a bit of money while much more affordable than the first. It’s not an easy find but it’ a book you actually have a chance of locating. Remember to check the interior for printing number.
This short flip book from 1994 animates a scene from Bone 10 and was made by a Disney animator who worked on Aladdin, The Lion King and other films. They have become quite rare.
Ohio State Lantern October 25, 1982
First appearance of Bone
Jeff Smith’s now famous comic was first published as a comic strip in this university paper.
It is the first appearance of Thorn and Fone Bone.
These strips were later collected in the rarest Bone publication
Dave Sim occasionally published previews of books he personally enjoyed. At one time this comic was highly coveted by Bone fans.
Early Bone work sometimes showed up in odd places. Take this Caliber book where Jeff Smith’s Bone Sketchbook saw publication.
The Bone 20th Anniversary Boxed Set
This rarity is pricey but worth it for the true collector. Right from Boneville here are the contents!
- All 1344 full color pages of BONE in a single hardcover volume that measures 9 1/2 x 7 x 3. The book is adorned with colorful foil stamps and art work and includes a satin ribbon bookmark.
- A signed and numbered art print of a previously unpublished piece of BONE concept art.
- A 22k gold plated coin with Phoney Bone’s head on one side, and Fone Bone on the reverse giving the dates of BONE #1 July 1991, and the 20th Anniversary July 2011.
- Pewter figures of the three Bone cousins.
- A miniature facsimile of the BONE #1 comic book in black & white as originally published in July 1991.
- A Cover Gallery & Documentary Book that includes:
- A new essay by cartoonist Jeff Smith called “Twenty Years with BONE”.
- An Illustrated 20 Year Time-Line
- All the BONE comic book and graphic novel covers.
- Award winning feature length documentary DVD – The Cartoonist:
Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics.
- My favorite part of this is the coin!
There is also an anniversary slipcase edition
This one was an exclusive and must have the poster to maker it worth tracking down. Make sure it has the sticker on the cover.
With a print run under 5000, this reprint of issue 1 is still out there cheap. That won't last long.
First Bone in color
But the real find is #11 where the series printed and original Bone short “ May the Force be With You”. It was the first original story printed outside of the Bone comic in color.
Bone Scholastic Handbook with Rat Creature papercraft included
Scholastic has a long history of publishing Bone. Here is one of their rarities.
This comic has it all including Bone on the cover!
NOTE: Bone also appeared in Gen 13!
There were multiple issues printed, here is the first.
There were a fair amount of figures and other toys released. Here are some of the one you should know about.
1995 Hero Magazine mail away Fone Bone limited to 1000
Bone Gold Coins with pouch
This internet exclusive was made available on the Boneville webpage. It contains 3 coins instead of 1 like the boxed set
In 2000 Dark Horse released a lunchbox!
The Bone action figures from 2000 are not that tough to find but 9.8's of the mini comics included may be.
Bone 1/2 Wizard Mailaway Gold Only
The Bone 1991 Halloween Giveaways 2008,2010
Last issue can do quite well, The series ended with issue 55