Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire (12 Days of Boba Fett Covers)

Celebrating day twelve of the 12 days of Boba Fett covers!  Hopefully you will agree, I saved the best for last.

In 1999, Dark Horse hired Ken Kelly to provide cover artwork for the mini-series Star Wars: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire.  Ken Kelly is a fantasy artist who studied under his famous uncle Frank Frazetta.  Probably Ken's most famous piece of art is the cover to KISS' fourth album, Destroyer, released on March 15, 1976.  In addition to the KISS album cover, he also created covers for Conan paperbacks for DAW books; covers for Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella magazines for Warren Publishing; and artwork for Mego's Micronauts toy line.  His covers for Dark Horse are among the best covers produced for Star Wars comics.  In addition to providing cover artwork for the Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire mini-series, Ken also did the cover work for the first 12 issues of Dark Horse's 1998 Star Wars title.

Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire chronicles the first meeting of Boba Fett and Darth Vader in the Expanded Universe.  Taking place before the original trilogy, Vader contracts Fett's services and by the story's end, there is a battle between these two characters.  The painted cover to issue #1 is gorgeous with a bluish Boba Fett juxtaposed against a red and black background.

Star Wars: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (January 1999)
The cover to issue #2 is the weakest of the series, but it is still a standout when looking at the entirety of Boba Fett comic covers available.

Star Wars: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (February 1999)
Issue #3 shows Boba Fett fighting off three attackers on an alien landscape.  Out of the four covers in this series, this artwork feels the most like it should adorn a paperback about our favorite bounty hunter.

Star Wars: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 1999)
The last cover recalls the first cover in this series, using the same color palette.  It is a beautiful cover worthy of a match-up between these two fan favorite characters.

Star Wars: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire #4a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 1999)
Not only do collectors get a mini-series with a cool story line, but the two covers that bookend this series makes it a must for Star Wars comic collectors.

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