Definitions and Methodology
Disclaimer: FIrst of all, let me just start out by saying that just because a comic is listed on WookyWiki.com does not automatically mean that the comic book is valuable, will become valuable, or should be bought at a premium. I’ve been collecting Star Wars comics since 1995 and up until extremely recently (circa 2018), any issue I could have possibly wanted could mostly be bought for under $4.00. Some of the more valuable issues were in the $20 to $50 range. I distinctly remember winning an ebay auction in the early days of the internet for Star Wars (Marvel vol. 1) issues 39-42 for under $5. With shipping, I think the final price ended up being around $9. I literally went around the house gathering up change and shipped that change to the seller. They sent me the issues 39-42 that I still own to this day. Recently, more and more interest has been building around Star Wars comics. The popularity of The Mandalorian, the relatively lower print runs of Dark Horse issues before that popularity, and the search for those issues, has lead to an increase in sales prices. The comics that are listed in this database are listed purely because they were the first appearance of a character, the first appearance or mention of a ship, planet, or other noun, or because something of significance to the continuing Star Wars mythos occurred. Many characters appear in an issue, join our big name heroes for a story arc and then are never heard from again. Their appearances are mentioned here because there is always the chance they will pop up again when convenient for Disney or Lucasfilm to include them. Please don’t go spend hundred of dollars on Star Wars issue #12 from 1978, first appearance of Governor Quark, simply because it’s listed in this database. Having said that, enjoy diving deep into Star Wars Comics!
Methodology: This database is intended to catalogue first appearances and key issues from Star Wars Comics. The scope of this database includes all Star Wars Comics. This includes Newspaper Comics published through syndication, Comics included in magazines, Trade Paperback, Hardcover, Omnibuses, Web Comics, and other formats. In essence, a piece of Comics media will not be disqualified simply because of its format. There are those who purely seek to collect Comic Books (see definitions below). Where possible, we try to note when a first Comic Book appearance differs from that same character (or other noun)appearing earlier in another format.
Comic: For the purposes of this database, a Comic is a Newspaper Comic, a Comic Book, Trade Paperback, Hardcover, Omnibus, Web Comic, Magazine Format Comic containing at least one page with Sequential Art, or other format containing Sequential Art. In order for any of the preceding formats to be considered a Comic it must contain Sequential Art.
Comic Book: This is a magazine with Sequential Art that usually has around 20-24 pages bound together with two staples on the spine. This category also includes what are commonly referred to as “prestige format” comics containing conventionally between 48-64 pages with either a stapled spine binding or a perfect binding using glue or string. Modern comic books are usually 6-7″x 10-11″, or slightly larger for golden and silver age comics (which will not usually be an issue with Star Wars Comics which came about on the cusp of the Bronze Age of Comics).
Cameo: Generally speaking, this term is used to denote an instance where a character appears, but the appearance is short, obstructed, distorted, unnamed, or otherwise less than consequential. In most instances these cameos appear before what is later deemed a “first full appearance.” There is no hard and fast rule here, but where possible, the WookyWiki database will note the reason cameo has been assigned to an appearance.
Canon: These are comics which are part of the official Star Wars storyline according to Disney/Lucasfilm. In 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm and de-canonized many prior works. These prior works were dubbed “Legends” and not part of the official Star Wars storyline canon. We make distinctions where we can between first Legends appearances (usually prior to Canon appearances) and first Canon appearances.
First Appearance: Generally speaking, this term is applied to the first time a character (or other noun if referring to a planet, species, etc.), is featured in the storyline of an issue. Now, here again, like the definition with cameo, there is some subjectivity and a grey area. However, generally speaking, we are talking about the first time a character is interacting in some significant way with the story in that piece of media and not merely window dressing or a teased image or appearance. Generally, when in doubt, the secondary collector’s market tends to make this call when it decided which of the two issues or works in contention for cameo or first appearance is more valuable.
First Cover Appearance: First cover appearances are treated as a separate category of key occurrence and not included as a “First Appearance” or “Cameo”. For example, Marchion Ro, first appeared on two store exclusive covers to High Republic 3 while making a first cameo in High Republic Adventures 1 and first full appearance in High Republic Adventures 2.
Legends: Non-canon Star Wars comics.
Mention(ed): Where a character, place, event, or other noun is mentioned in a Comic but does not appear.
Sequential Art: “A literary medium that narrates by arrangement of images and text in an intelligible sequence,” Will Eisner in Comics and Sequential Art, 1985. For our purposes we will be adding the exclusion of screen shots from live action or animated media which have been adapted to comic format such as the recent Star Wars “Screen Comix.” The reason we are excluding this type of work is simple: the main audience for comics enjoys the visual appeal, discipline, and general aesthetic of the traditional drawn, painted, or otherwise hand produced arts included in comics. At the date of inception of this database, the average comic collector was not interested in the value of reproducing screen shots from The Mandalorian or The Clone Wars in comic book panels with dialogue balloons. This is not a statement on the obvious talent those who worked on the production of the shows possessed, but just an exclusion from the definition for our purposes. Lines must be drawn somewhere.