Star Wars Comics First Appearances and Key Events: The Mandalorian Graphic Novel (Panini UK)

Welcome back to another new comic book day, EveryWookiee!! This post is a little different. On May 18, 2022, Panini UK published The Mandalorian Graphic Novel adaptation of Season 1 of the hit Disney+ series!

 I got my hands on a couple copies and I’ve gone through analyzing first appearances and key events here.

You can find all this information and tons more on WookyWiki.com, our sister site and Star Wars Comics First Appearance and Key Issue Database!

Format

Depending on the collector, many only consider character appearances in monthly 20-some-odd page comic book format to be “firsts”. For them, collecting is very easy. They will obviously be looking to Marvel’s Mandalorian #1 and later issues for the first comic appearances of those fan favorite characters. For completists, the task becomes much more of a journey, an exciting quest!

This graphic novel is slightly larger than a modern comic and its width and height are about magazine size. It’s 77+ pages long.

Now,  The Mandalorian Graphic Novel released May 18, 2022 was preceded by Screen Comix book on March 24, 2021. The fact that the Screen Comix book was composed of still screen shots from the live-action show was a disqualifying factor for many collectors who did not consider it a comic.

So, the point is that many of these appearances have happened before in different formats and so will not be the first appearance in any format, but the first appearance in graphic novel format. Many of these characters have also previously appeared on traditional comic book covers in the Sprouse Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary line of themed variant covers.

Having said all that, you can tell from the gallery above that this is a handsome piece of printing. It has a high qualtiy heavy paper stock cover with spot gloss treatment, appealing Mandalorian helmet graphic design on the inside cover, Mando quote splash pages and character introduction gallery. It’s a book worth owning if you ask me.

Mandalorian Comic Release Timeline:

First Appearances

So, all of these appearances will be the “first appearance in graphic novel format.” Whether a particular collector wishes to deem that the true first appearance for their purposes, is up to them. As I said, the U.S. market will most likely favor the Marvel adaptation issues as they come out.

First Din Djarin comic appearance (graphic novel format):

Star Wars The Mandalorian Graphic Novel (Panini UK) First Graphic Novel Appearance of Din Djarin, "The Mandalorian"

First Mythrol and Razor Crest comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Greef Karga comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First The Client and Dr. Pershing comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First The Armorer comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Blurrg comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Kuiil comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First IG-11 comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Grogu (Baby Yoda) comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Mudhorn comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Paz Vizsla comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Cara Dune comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Pelli Motto comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Toro Calican comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Fennec Shand comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Ranzar Malk, Mayfeld, Burg. Zero, and Xi’an comic appearance (graphic novel format):

First Moff Gideon comic appearance (graphic novel format):

Din Djarin unmasked:

Death of IG-11:

That’s all for now! More later!

4 thoughts on “Star Wars Comics First Appearances and Key Events: The Mandalorian Graphic Novel (Panini UK)

  1. Why are they making this exclusive to UK? This looks like the IDW series they did for Skywalker Saga and anthology films. The artwork is consistent and it looks like the same team. I really hope they do Mando S2, BOBF and Obi-Wan as well.

    1. Like most things Star Wars, exclusivity for geographic reasons has to do with licensing. Marvel and Dark Horse have the North American comic license. I don’t know the contents of those agreements, but I imagine they leave the European market open to other licensees like Panini, Titan, etc. then you have Manga publishers in Japan free to create comics. So there are a lot of international publications that aren’t officially allowed to be distributed in the U.S. due to copyright license restrictions.

      1. Thanks for breaking it down, I didn’t know all that. That also makes sense why IDW’s run ended abruptly last year, because I had heard Dark Horse was coming back. Marvel and DH do a great job for sure, but these all-ages adaptations from Alessandro Ferrari and Igor Chimisso are a real delight because they make the whole saga look really connected with the same art style. Even elderly Leia looks just like her younger self in OT, just aged.

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