Saturday, April 15, 2017

Modern Marvel: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Covers (Part 1)

I'm sure longtime followers of my blog have noticed I am not a fan of the huge number of variant covers Marvel is releasing for their Star Wars line.  Very few of the variants have been worthwhile, with the black and white incentive variants being the most egregious and clearly a ploy on Marvel's part to make additional money without providing any value.  This is not to say all the variants have been bad; some, like the action figure covers, are a nice subset to collect and are readily available.  That is the key to me, availability.  I reserve my ire for the incentive variants which end up costing collectors more money than a freshly printed comic warrant.

A quarter of the Star Wars 40th anniversary covers have been released so far, and the covers are numbered in chronological order according to the movie.  This is a nice touch that was unexpected.  I'll admit, these covers have been very impressive and are my favorite of the variant cover subsets Marvel has produced to date.

Here are the first 12 40th anniversary covers, in their numbered order, not necessarily the order they were published:

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 1/48
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #10b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 2/48
Star Wars #27c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 3/48
Star Wars #28c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 4/48
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #11b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 5/48
Star Wars: Darth Maul #1c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 6/48
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #4b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 7/48
Star Wars #29c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (March 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 8/48
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #5b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (March 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 9/48
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #12b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (March 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 10/48
Star Wars: Darth Maul #2b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (March 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 11/48
Star Wars #30c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2017)
40th Anniversary variant - 12/48

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