Star Wars: Dark Empire


Set Type: Star Wars: Dark Empire
Owner: ironcorn
Last Modified: 1/14/2013
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Award Time Score: 3711


Set Description

Right about the time I was getting back into collecting a friend and colleague of mine, who I never knew read comics, was at my house and upon seeing a stack of books remarked that the Dark Empire series was awesome. That was all he said, no further comments or discussion. Later I looked through my stuff and discovered that I had a few Dark Empire comics, but couldn’t remember reading them. I found that I really loved the Cam Kennedy art and the Dave Dorman covers and decided to try and complete a set in high grade. I’ve bought several of these slabbed from the board and eBay. I’ve also bought far, far too many “NM” copies on eBay and from various shops in an attempt to fill gaps with my own submissions.

My favorite comic in this set is Dark Empire #2 gold foil: Luke has turned to the dark side, Mark Hamill’s signature placement is perfect, the Dorman cover is awesome and the gold looks great in contrast to the solid black back.

When I first stumbled into graded slabs I didn't care for the yellow label. Overnight a switch flipped or something and I went SS crazy. Set includes signatures from Dave Dorman, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid, David Prowse, Richard LeParmentier, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams and Jeremy Bulloch.

Check out Dark Empire II #2 gold foil for original art from Cam Kennedy!

Additional notes:

Dark Empire #2 and Dark Empire II #5 seem to be the hardest to find in high grade.

Jim Baikie replaces Cam Kennedy on Empire’s End. Cam’s dreamy space vistas are missed.

The card stock covers and production flaws make some of these hard to find in 9.8 or higher. They are pretty durable, but once bumped or bent there is no fixing them.

Dark Empire #3 platinum was my first 9.9 submission!

Special thanks to a certain board member who has sold me a bunch of sweet books over the last couple years to include letting me finally get my hands on the only Gem Mint Dark Empire comics.

Dark Empire Gold Edition: These comics, with gold foil etched Star Wars logo on the front cover and solid black back cover, were limited to 5000 sets and sold exclusively by the QVC home shopping television network in March 1993 for $50.00

Dark Empire Platinum Edition: These comics, with platinum foil etched Star Wars logo on the front cover and solid platinum back cover, were limited to 4000 sets and sold exclusively by the QVC home shopping television network in October 1993 for $75.00

Dark Empire II Gold Edition: These comics, with gold foil etched Star Wars logo, feature front cover pin-ups on the back and were limited to 5000 sets.

Check out Wookieepedia for more Dark Empire history


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Slot DescriptionThe Comics Registry IDComic GradeScore Updated
Star Wars: Dark Empire 1 0043325030 9.9 90 1/7/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 1 Gold Foil Edition 0960696001 9.8 132 11/23/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 1 Platinum Edition 1061282001 9.8 176 1/12/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire 1 Second Printing 1047201003 9.8 79 5/12/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 2 0177378001 9.8 96 4/28/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 2 Gold Foil Edition 0990089001 9.8 132 1/6/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 2 Platinum Edition 1061282004 9.8 176 1/12/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire 2 Second Printing 1044218002 9.8 106 5/16/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 3 1113152002 9.8 53 5/16/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire 3 Gold Foil Edition 0990089004 9.8 132 1/6/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 3 Platinum Edition 1061282003 9.9 220 1/12/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire 3 Second Printing 1044218005 9.8 53 5/16/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 4 1044299002 9.8 35 7/23/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 4 Gold Foil Edition 0158957003 9.8 120 1/7/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 4 Platinum Edition 1044299003 9.8 176 7/23/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 5 1117728001 9.8 35 1/14/2013
Star Wars: Dark Empire 5 Gold Foil Edition 1061285006 9.8 132 1/13/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire 5 Platinum Edition 1061285005 9.8 176 1/12/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire 6 1117728002 9.8 35 1/14/2013
Star Wars: Dark Empire 6 Gold Foil Edition 1044299004 9.8 132 7/23/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire 6 Platinum Edition 1044299005 9.6 110 7/23/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 1 1044218009 9.8 35 5/16/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 1 Gold Foil Edition 0158957011 9.9 150 9/7/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 2 1044218010 9.8 35 5/16/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 2 Gold Foil Edition 1061285007 9.8 132 1/13/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 3 1044218011 9.8 35 5/16/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 3 Gold Foil Edition 0158957016 10.0 225 9/7/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 4 1047201005 9.8 35 5/12/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 4 Gold Foil Edition 1047201004 9.8 132 5/12/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 5 0960696002 9.6 22 11/23/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 5 Gold Foil Edition 1049493001 9.8 132 6/6/2012
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 6 1047201001 9.8 35 5/12/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II 6 Gold Foil Edition 0158957029 10.0 225 9/7/2012
Star Wars: Empire's End 1 0768827005 9.8 32 2/11/2011
Star Wars: Empire's End 2 1117728003 9.8 35 1/15/2013
Star Wars: Dark Empire - Preview nn 1011142010 9.8 35 2/11/2011
Star Wars: Dark Empire II Hero Illustrated Special nn 1059605001 9.6 20 11/22/2011

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