ISSUE #83 – For Mandalore!!!

 

Well, I cannot tell a lie… I’ve watched the Mandalorian episodes twice apiece, now, and I am loving it. The sort of Western feel of it has me hooked and I am really glad the Ugnaught race finally gets some love, too (not to mention a certain other little critter). In honor of the show launching last week, I thought I’d give you a few amazing Mandalorian-related covers. As of this moment, the new Mandalorian character doesn’t have any covers, but I assume he soon will. For now, here are a few others: some of which are well-known, others of which you may never have heard of. I hope you enjoy. Here we go…

 

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BOBA FETT

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Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #4 (2012 Series)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – July, 2012

ARTIST: Chris Scalf

 

Boba Fett has a metric ton of cover appearances, but this one is my favorite under-the-radar example. Check out the Quick-Hits section, below, for a couple of other great Fett covers. Everyone only gets one feature this week. His original appearance in Marvel’s 70’s/80’s Star Wars run (#42) is a pricey book, now (upwards of $75-$100). His second appearance in #68 is an amazing cover, but a challenge to get below $25 or $30. #81, his final cover appearance in the original run is really an ensemble piece where Boba has a minor placement. It’s a great poster-style painted cover and at least a $10 book. As such, for great and cheap covers, I had to look elsewhere and this one is fire!

 

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PRE VIZSLA

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Star Wars Insider #115 (1994 Series)

PUBLISHED: Titan Comics – March, 2010

ARTIST: Dave Filoni (Concept)

 

Not technically a comic, but the only other cover for Pre Vizsla has him with his helmet off (and that’s no fun). In the Clone Wars animated TV series, this character plays a pretty huge role. No spoilers, but he and his Deathwatch are integral to the plot of an entire season. Either way, this is a pretty awesome cover and, for the purists, there is actually comic material in these insiders. Thus, if you are a Star Wars comics completist, these are essential.  

 

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SABINE WREN

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Star Wars: Kanan – The Last Padawan #6 (2015 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – November, 2015

ARTIST: Pepe Larraz

 

Poor Sabine. She’s an amazing character and has very few comic appearances. She’s only even on three or four total covers. For a main character in the multi-season Rebels animated TV show, you’d think there’d be more focus on her. At one point in the show, she even becomes the main character for a while. Alas, collectors don’t have a lot to choose from. However, the Kanan cover, above, is a pretty awesome ensemble cover and Sabine looks badass on it.

 

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JANGO FETT

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Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 (2010 Series)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – August, 2010

ARTIST: Chris Scalf

 

A supremely bad@$$ cover with incredible perspective and depth. This is THE classic Jango cover in my opinion. Unfortunately, Jango’s covers have not been great, over the years, but this one makes up for all of the poor ones. Granted, it’s by the same guy that did the Boba cover, above, but sue me. They’re both amazing.

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MANDALORE

 

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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Sith War #1 (1995 Series)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – August, 1995

ARTIST: Hugh Fleming

 

Full title actually being Mandalore the Ultimate. He was the leader of the Mandalorians during the Mandalorian Wars in the Old Republic timeline and was defeated by Darth Revan. If you’ve played the Knights of the Old Republic video game (KOTOR), you know who this dude is. There was even an action figure for him. He’s on a variety of covers, but this one is by far the best.

 

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HONDO KARR

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Star Wars: Legacy – Mandalorian Mayhem #41 (2006 Series)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – October, 2009

ARTIST: Sean Cooke

Full disclosure, I’ve never read the Legacy title and don’t know a lot about this character, but his name is Hondo Karr. Hondo… hmmmm… where have I heard that name before? I wonder… anyhow, this is a really cool cover appearance for a character no one knows.

 

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JODO KAST

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Star Wars: Boba Fett – Twin Engines of Destruction #1 (2007 One Shot)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – January, 2007

ARTIST: John Nadeau

 

A gorgeous painted cover for a character (along with Boba) that had once been a fan favorite. He even got his own action figure a while ago. Really, besides there being yellow in place of red, his design is nearly identical to Boba Fett. Either way, he deserves a mention and this fully painted cover is uber-awesome.

 

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WARNING: UP NEXT – A COVER TUNES RULE-BREAKING, VERY EXPENSIVE VARIANT

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Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1 Wizard World Variant #1 (2014 Series)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – May, 2014

ARTIST: Chris Scalf

Yep, there is nothing easy about this one. It’s expensive (like $150 and higher), it’s rare, but it is so awesome I could not leave it out of the article. Sorry if you’re mad at me for breaking my own Cover Tunes rules, but I figure most people have never seen this cover and you’ll forgive me since it’s such a great cover. There were only 1000 of them from Wizard World Conventions and there is also an even rarer sketch version of which there are only 500 copies (but it doesn’t look as cool). It is an amazing cover and depicts some really cool Mandos that were part of Maul’s team during season 6 of the Clone Wars cartoon. This is their only cover appearance and it is rad. None of the issues of this series are cheap as this is a very rare and sought after Clone Wars tie-in mini series. Even the cheapest regular A covers will run $20-$25 apiece.

 

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QUICK HITS

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As I mentioned above, I didn’t want to beat this week’s list to death with Boba covers, but there are some other amazing ones. Here are a couple of my faves.

 

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Enemy of the Empire #1 (1999 Series)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – January, 1999

ARTIST: Ken Kelly

 

Just a gorgeous Kelly cover. Undeniably awesome.

 

Star Wars: Boba Fett – Overkill #nn (2006 One Shot)

PUBLISHED: Dark Horse – March, 2006

ARTIST: Adam Hughes

I already featured this one in Cover Tunes #49, but I wanted to remind everyone that there is an awesome Hughes Fett cover. It’s good enough to feature twice, in my opinion.

 

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With that, I leave you. I hope you’re enjoying the new Mandalorian series as much as I am. Sound off in the comments and let me know your thoughts on it (but please, no spoilers). Until next week, be well, thanks for reading and happy (bounty) hunting.

 

 

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