Star Wars comics have been a hot collectible trend, starting from the end of 2020 going into 2021. With more new Disney+ series on the way, the prices on rare books continue their upward momentum (see "'Star Wars' Collectible Comic Prices Head to Another Galaxy!"). There are still quite a few books rising in value, and there a number of books that are hidden gems between the multiple Marvel and Dark Horse series runs, still being discovered and then sought after by collectors.   

The following books are noteworthy Star Wars comics that often get overlooked in back-issue inventory:

Star Wars #81

Publisher: Marvel Comics (1984)

Why Collectors Care About This Issue: This is one of the Hidden Gems of all Star Wars Hidden Gems. While not the most expensive comic in the world, it contains a few panels that may be relevant to the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series (see "'Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett' Officially Announced for Disney Plus"). Star Wars #81 features Boba Fett's escape from the Sarlacc pit and is the first entire original story about Boba Fett in a Star Wars comic.   

Price Action: This book has seen a boost in value since December. A CGC 9.8 copy sold for $570 plus shipping on December 11. Then, on January, another in the same grade went on eBay for $719.00 plus shipping, which represents a 26% increase in about a month.

Star Wars #2

Publisher: Marvel Comics (1977)

Why Collectors Care About This Issue: Most collectors know that #1 issues usually hold premium values, but sometimes they forget to look at #2's. In this case, Star Wars #2 is almost as important as Star Wars #1 because it features the first appearances of Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and Greedo. 

Price Action: This book has an incredibly low CGC 9.8 census count at 127 copies in this grade. Sales for this title don't come up as frequently as some of the other books. A CGC 9.8 copy with Off-White to White pages sold on eBay for around $1200 on January 14, and in February, another CGC 9.8 copy sold for $2000 according to Key Collector Comics.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #9

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics (2008)

Why Collectors Care About This Issue: Collectors want this issue purely because of its scarcity and its first appearances of Sith Lords. The issue features the first appearances of Revan, prior to becoming Darth Revan, and Haazen, a Jedi that turns into Darth Hayze.

Price Action: This book just keeps rising in value. On November 30, a CGC 9.8 copy went for $990.00 plus shipping on eBay. On February 14, the same graded book realized an eBay auction price of $1524.00, which is a 54% boost in value over a few months.  

Marvel Comics Super Special #16

Publisher: Marvel Comics (1980)

Why Collectors Care About This Issue: This oversized comic book magazine is an adaptation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. While not a standard-sized comic book like the ever sought after Star War #42, it still contains first comic appearances of Yoda, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, Emperor Palpatine, Bossk, 4-Lom, Dengar, and IG-88. It also happens to be the first mention of Rogue Squadron in comics, which was announced as a new Disney Plus series in 2020 (see "Disney Drops 10 'Star Wars' Project Announcements at Investor Day").

Price Action: Sales of this magazine-sized book are infrequent for CGC 9.8-graded copies. Over the last few months, CGC 9.6 copies have sold on eBay for between $1500 and $1600 with the most recent eBay sale of a CGC 9.6 clocking in at $1599.95.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Defenders of the Lost Temple #1

Publisher: Dark Horse (2013)

Why Collectors Care About This Issue: This book contains two The Mandalorian S2 character key appearances. First of all, it's the first appearance of the leader of the Death Watch Bo-Katan, who was played by Katee Sackhoff in the series. This book is also the first appearance of the Dark Saber, an ancient weapon that allows gives the owner the right to claim the crown of Mandalore.  

Price Action: This book is fairly scarce and CGC 9.8 sales do not come up that often. Ungraded copies of this book go routinely anywhere from $150 to $250.

Marvel Comics recently announced Star Wars: Darth Vader By Greg Pak Vol. 2 - Into The Fire TP for release on June 26 (see "Marvel Comics Collects the Story of The Emperor's Brutal Punishment of Darth Vader into a Single Volume").