Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #1 (12 Days of Boba Fett Covers)

Celebrating day six of the 12 days of Boba Fett covers!

The popularity of Boba Fett with Star Wars fans meant this relatively minor character from the movies would received considerable attention from Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey.  In the Expanded Universe, Boba Fett was even given a wife and a daughter, as well as a brother of sorts.  These relationships were explored in the second Star Wars: Blood Ties mini-series titled Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead.

The standard cover for Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #1 by Chris Scalf shows Boba Fett lying on dry and cracked ground with his blaster by his side, dead.  This cover, along with the title of the comic, immediately grabs the reader's attention.

Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 2012)
The alternative cover by David Palumbo is striking because of the use of red in the background.  Boba Fett is in cross hairs and one can believe this is the situation right before the scene on the main cover takes place.

Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #1b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 2012)
A copy of this comic given to attendees of the 2012 Diamond Retailer Summit in Chicago, Illinois from April 11 - 13 has another cover.  This variant cover is a clever take on the standard cover, with Boba Fett's body and blaster removed and replaced with a chalk outline.

Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #1c - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 2012)
Diamond Retailer Summit Chicago 2012

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