Tuesday, August 16, 2016

First Appearance: Doctor Aphra

Undoubtedly the breakout character from Marvel's Star Wars line, Doctor Aphra was introduced in Darth Vader #3 and has gone on to serve as a pivotal character in several major story lines including Vader Down and Rebel Jail.  Doctor Aphra, a female human and rogue archaeologist, was sought out by Darth Vader for her skills in acquiring lost weaponry.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3a (March 2015)
1st appearance of Doctor Aphra
Darth Vader #3 has one variant cover by artist Salvador Larroca.  This variant cover is a 1:25 retailer incentive.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3b (March 2015)
1st appearance of Doctor Aphra
Salvador Larroca variant
Like many of the early issues in the Darth Vader title, issue #3 has gone back to print several times.  To distinguish the different printings, and to sell more copies to collectors, Marvel used different colors on the covers.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3c (March 2015)
1st appearance of Doctor Aphra
2nd print
Star Wars: Darth Vader #3d (March 2015)
1st appearance of Doctor Aphra
3rd print
Star Wars: Darth Vader #3e (March 2015)
1st appearance of Doctor Aphra
4th print
With the Darth Vader title ending with issue #25, the fate of this character is unknown.  If she survives the final issue, there is more than one fan who would like to see her continue to appear in future Star Wars comics.

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