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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A long time ago, in a comic shop far far away

The comic book's originally published by Marvel and on sale long ago in shops far far away, offered the world the first glimpse of what was to become a global phenomenon. The comics were actually on sale before the film was completed which would explain why readers were confused that the Jabba the Hut scene in the comic was not originally in the finished film - least not until Lucus started tinkering with his digital toolbox decades later.

In fact the comics had actually finished the first movie storyline and were onto all original stories by the time the movie hit cinemas.

Now the original comics are available to buy again in graphic novel format from those nice people at Dark Horse. The first volume collects the first 26 issues of the original Star Wars Comic and is available now.


John Sinclair said...

Got the complete run of the original US series. Interesting note is that they had Luke meet Darth Vader in about issue 8 or 9 - making the whole Empire Strikes Back story redundant!
AND they were actually ahead in the British weekly series as they were coming out faster than in the States so we were getting them first!

They also kept storylines that would be changed for the US books, making the Brit stuff true collector's items!

ANOTHER interesting note: even though it says art by Howard Chaykin on the first 6, he actually subcontracted the work out to other atists as he thought 'no-one was ever going to hear of the film'...

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never seen these in the flesh so to speak.