Get Started In BOBA FETT

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated Jun 2019

Boba Fett is the Star Wars Universe's infamous and most feared bounty hunter. Although he had only minor roles in the Original Trilogy, he was the one bounty hunter--among the many hired by Darth Vader in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK--who tracked the Millennium Falcon to Cloud City. Fett ended up with Han Solo as a prize from that job and collected Jabba the Hutt's bounty on Han. Boba Fett appeared first in ESB, then RETURN OF THE JEDI, where he was knocked into the Great Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful Sarlacc, and was assumed dead. He was retro-actively added to A NEW HOPE with the Special Edition version of the film to more officially establish Jabba's bounty on Han. The Prequel Trilogy expanded on Boba Fett's background, revealing he is an unaltered clone of Jango Fett. Jango was the template for every soldier in the Republic's clone army and a reputable bounty hunter himself. Also within the New Canon, Boba Fett makes appearances in THE CLONE WARS animated television series. In comics, Dark Horse published several feature stories on Boba Fett who had survived his apparent death in ROTJ, but these stories are all part of the Legends canon now. The New Canon has not established his survival from the pit. However, he has made appearances (pre-ROTJ) in Marvel's New Canon comics, notably as the source who, for Darth Vader, discovered the identity of the pilot who destroyed the first Death Star. Fett was trained in the deadly arts by his 'father,' Jango, and continued the family tradition of wearing distinctive Mandalorian battle armor long after the fierce Mandalorians had faded from power and galactic influence. Boba Fett is a perennial fan-favorite Star Wars character who has achieved a sort of cult status. Although his comic book appearances are sporadic, any cover featuring him seems to be popular.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Boba Fett comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Sadly, Boba Fett has never had his own ongoing comic book series, and he has only ever been sporadically in print. Boba Fett is more likely to show up in mini-series or one-shots or to make guest appearances in other titles.

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MARVELOne-ShotSTAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION--BOBA FETT [2019]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Boba Fett. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Boba Fett.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION--BOBA FETT #1Quick ViewMay 2019STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION--BOBA FETT [2019] #1   (one-shot)IN STOCK$3.99

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Boba Fett comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Boba Fett. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

The bulk of Boba Fett comic book material is from the Dark Horse era (and is now relegated to the non-canon Legends label), and all of their editions are out-of-print. They had a beautiful compilation if you can find it for a reasonable price on the secondary market: STAR WARS OMNIBUS: BOBA FETT [2010-TPB]. Fett's material is sparse and dispersed, but some of it is appearing in Marvel's in-print STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION series of trade paperbacks. We include those in the list below with notes on what they contain.

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
STAR WARS OMNIBUS: BOBA FETT Quick ViewApr 2010STAR WARS OMNIBUS: BOBA FETT [2010-TPB]
SUBSEQUENT PRINTINGS
  (*** OUT-OF-PRINT ***)
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STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL 04Quick ViewMay 2018STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE [2015-TPB] VOL 04
CURRENT PRINTING
  (contains STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--ENEMY OF THE EMPIRE [1999] #1-4)
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STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE NEW REPUBLIC VOL 01Quick ViewMay 2015STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE NEW REPUBLIC [2015-TPB] VOL 01
CURRENT PRINTING
  (contains STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--TWIN ENGINES OF DESTRUCTION [1997])
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STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION--VILLAINS Quick ViewJul 2019STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION--VILLAINS [2019-TPB]
  
UNAVAILABLE$11.69

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Boba Fett, if it's within your budget. The treasury-sized comic book adaptation of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK came out in May 1980. Issues #39-44 of the ongoing STAR WARS [1977] series contained the same adaptation a few months later. Issue #42 hit shelves in Sep 1980 and is more highly recognized as Boba Fett's 'first appearance.' It also features him prominently on the cover, which helps boost its collectability significantly. Treasury-sized collecting is kind of a niche collector's market, as well, hindering demand for it. As 'first appearances' can sometimes be subjective, we list both issues below with qualifiers for completeness. (Just as a curious side note, Boba Fett's first screen appearance was actually an animated short in the Star Wars Holiday Special. The special aired 18 months before ESB was released in theaters.)

  • MARVEL SPECIAL EDITION FEATURING STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK [1980-TREA] #2  (1st appearance of Boba Fett (in a treasury-sized comic book))
  • STAR WARS [1977] #42  (***1st appearance of Boba Fett (in a standard-sized comic book)***)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero/villain is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting/committing crime. However, Boba Fett is not a superhero/villain. When Boba Fett appeared in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, pretty much nothing was known of the nefarious bounty hunter. RETURN OF THE JEDI revealed nothing new. The prequel trilogy is basically the origin of Boba Fett. An unaltered clone of Jango Fett and raised by Jango himself, Boba witnessed Jango's death by the lightsaber of Jedi Master Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis, presumably accelerating his journey along a bounty hunter's path. The 1998 STAR WARS HANDBOOK has a 1-page character profile of Boba Fett, but this is from the now-Legends era. As of the New Canon, only his movie and THE CLONE WARS animated series appearances are canon.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Boba Fett comic books. In the classic comic era, Boba Fett made his few appearances predominantly in the film adaptations. These books tend to be highly collectible. But in the Dark Horse Legends era, Boba Fett starred in several of his own mini-series and one-shots and made minor appearances throughout the comic book line. So far, in the Marvel New Canon era, Boba Fett has made some appearances but has not had a real self-titled series yet. In this Main Publication History list, we include stories where Boba Fett is more than just a background character and stories in the flagship Star Wars series where he appears. See the Secondary Publication History section for more minor appearances of Boba Fett in comic books that don't quite meet our admittedly arbitrary criteria.

  • STAR WARS [1977] #42-44   (appearances of Boba Fett in official ESB adaptation)
  • EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WEEKLY [1980-MAG] #118-135   (appearances of Boba Fett in official ESB adaptation)
  • STAR WARS [1977] #50   (appearance of Boba Fett (in one panel) (Chewbacca visualizes attacking Boba Fett))
  • STAR WARS [1977] #68   (appearance of Boba Fett (in flashback))
  • STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI [1983] #1-2   (appearances of Boba Fett in official ROTJ adaptation)
  • STAR WARS [1977] #81   (appearance of Boba Fett, 1st since the events in ROTJ)

  • CLASSIC STAR WARS [1992] #19-20   (appearances of Boba Fett (reprints of newspaper strips)) (Dark Horse publishing begins)
  • STAR WARS GALAXY MAGAZINE [1994-MAG] #5-8   (contains the serialized story BOBA FETT: TWIN ENGINES OF DESTRUCTION, takes place 1 yr post-ROTJ)
  • STAR WARS: BOBA FETT [1995] #1-3   (annual series with Fett working for Gorga the Hutt)
  • STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE [1996A] #1-6   (Boba Fett has a major role in this 'episode' set between ESB and ROTJ)
  • STAR WARS: BATTLE OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS [1996-HC]    (an original, pop-up, hardcover comic book)
  • STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--TWIN ENGINES OF DESTRUCTION [1997]    (reprints serialized story from STAR WARS GALAXY MAGAZINE [1994-MAG] #5-8)
  • STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--ENEMY OF THE EMPIRE [1999] #1-4   (pre-ANH tale, Vader hires Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--AGENT OF DOOM [2000]    
  • STAR WARS: UNDERWORLD--THE YAVIN VASSILIKA [2000] #1-5   (appearances of Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS TALES [1999] #6-7, 11-12, 18-19   (issues of the anthology series with Boba Fett stories)
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE II--ATTACK OF THE CLONES [2002] #2-4   (appearances of young Boba Fett in official AOTC adaptation)
  • STAR WARS: EMPIRE [2002] #4, 7, 28   (appearances of Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--OVERKILL [2006]    
  • STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES--TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT [2010] #1-4   
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED II [2010-SC]    (video game sequel is focused on Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS ADVENTURES [2009-DIG] [5]   (the fifth volume of this digest series is a Boba Fett story)
  • STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES--BOBA FETT IS DEAD [2012] #1-4   

  • STAR WARS [2013] #2, 5, 8-10   (appearances of Boba Fett) (Marvel publishing begins (again))
  • STAR WARS [2015] #1, 4-7   (appearances of Boba Fett)
  • DARTH VADER [2015] #1, 6   (appearances of Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC--JANGO FETT [2019] #1   (appearance of young Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION--BOBA FETT [2019] #1   (one-shot)

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. The Main Publication History list include stories where Boba Fett is more than just a background character and stories in the flagship Star Wars series where he appears. In this Secondary Publication History section, we include more minor appearances of Boba Fett in comic books. In some cases, this may include only a couple of the issues of a mini-series.

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Boba Fett, any one of which can be a good place to get started. This is a difficult list to make. If you love Boba Fett, then this list will just be a list of everything all over again. We'll resist that urge by only including some selections with notes on their noteworthiness.

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1997STAR WARS: BOBA FETT--TWIN ENGINES OF DESTRUCTION [1997]    (a cold-blooded Fett hunts his inferior imposter, Jodo Kast; originally serialized in STAR WARS GALAXY MAGAZINE [1994-MAG] #5-8)
2010STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES--TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT [2010] #1-4   (fantastic, complicated tale where Boba's bounty turns out to be his own half-brother?!?)
2010STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED II [2010-SC]    (plenty of great Boba Fett vs. Starkiller in this video game tie-in, sequel volume)
2012STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES--BOBA FETT IS DEAD [2012] #1-4   (equally thrilling sequel to the first BLOOD TIES mini-series)

Media Source Material

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Boba Fett, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. However, with Star Wars, movies and other media are typically not produced from comic source material. Comic book adaptations and comic book spin-offs are instead produced from movies and other media. (Another curious side note: since the forthcoming MANDALORIAN live-action television series is set only 3 years after RETURN OF THE JEDI, there's a slight chance that Boba Fett may show up in that series...that is, if he survived the Great Pit of Carkoon in the New Canon! We know his armor was retrieved from the Sarlaac because it appeared in the AFTERMATH novel trilogy which is in the New Canon.)

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Boba Fett, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The issues listed in this section are predominantly non-variants (i.e. main covers). But, then, any cover--main or variant--with Boba Fett on it is eagerly sought after by collectors...because it means there's a high likelyhood the popular bounty hunter is inside!

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  • STAR WARS [1977] #42   (1st appearance of Boba Fett in comics (in ESB adaptation))
  • EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WEEKLY [1980-MAG] #129   (appearance of Boba Fett (in ESB adaptation))
  • STAR WARS [1977] #68   (appearance of Boba Fett (in flashback))
  • STAR WARS [1977] #81   (appearance of Boba Fett, 1st (in the classic era) since his apparent death in ROTJ)
  • STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE [1991] #4   (appearance of Boba Fett, 1st (in the Expanded Universe era) since his apparent death in ROTJ; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE II [1994] #2   (Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE II [1994] #4   (Boba Fett cover)
  • CLASSIC STAR WARS: THE EARLY ADVENTURES [1994] #9   (appearance of Boba Fett (reprinted from newspaper strips); Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE [1996A] #2   (Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE [1996B]    (Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: BOBA FETT [1995] #1/2   (appearance of Boba Fett)
  • STAR WARS TALES [1999] #7   (appearance of Boba Fett; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS TALES [1999] #7   PHOTO VAR (appearance of Boba Fett; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: EMPIRE [2002] #7   (appearance of Boba Fett; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS TALES [1999] #18   (appearance of Boba Fett; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS TALES [1999] #18   PHOTO VAR (appearance of Boba Fett; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: EMPIRE [2002] #28   (appearance of Boba Fett; Boba Fett cover)
  • STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES--TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT [2010] #2   (1st appearance of Connor Freeman (Boba Fett's 'half-brother') (Legends))
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #24   REIS GALACTIC ICON VAR (Boba Fett cover)