In Star Wars #9, Showdown on a Wasteland World!, Han Solo and Chewbacca are leading their team of Starhoppers to a village on Aduba-3 to protect them from Serji-X Arrogantus and his band of Cloud Riders. Prior to reaching the village, they need to defend the village's crops from the flying High-hounds and Han rescues a female name Merri. It turns out Merri is the daughter of Oncho, the village spokesman. In an interlude, Princess Leia is communicating with Luke Skywalker who, along with C-3PO and R2-D2, is searching for a new base for the Rebellion. Luke's transmission is cut short suddenly and Leia announces she is going to find Luke. Back on Aduba-3, Han and his group are preparing for the fight with Serji-X when Oncho's father tells Han that his help is not needed. Han dismisses the older man's suggestion and shortly afterwards Serji-X and his gang attack. As the battle rages between Han's Starhoppers and the Cloud Riders, Oncho's father summons a giant monster.
The cover for Star Wars #9 show Han, Chewbacca, Amaiza, a shirtless Jaxxon, and Effie firing on Arrogantus' men riding their skyspeeders. Han is firing two blasters.
Star Wars #9a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (March 1978) NewsstandThe cover for the British Star Wars Weekly #18 also show the bandits on their skyspeeders, but this time they are flying over Serji-X Arrogantus. On the side of the cover we see the floating heads of Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Princess Leia. Serji-X is holding two blasters.
Star Wars Weekly #18a - Marvel Comics, England (June 7, 1978) last half of Star Wars #9The U.S. cover has several inconsistencies with the interior pages. Jaxxon is wearing a modest outfit and Amaiza is younger inside. On both the U.S. and British covers, the skyspeeders are drawn differently. Inside, they have runners on the bottom, not unlike those you find on a snow sled. In one of the scenes in the comic, the droid Effie grabs a skyspeeder by one of the runners, allowing Chewbacca to attack the rider.
Overall, I prefer the U.S. cover, because it better captures the predicament Han's team is in against the Cloud Riders. The Star Wars Weekly cover shows Serji-X Arrogantus who does not appear on any U.S. cover despite appearing in three issues. Interestingly, the writer Roy Thomas based the character's name and visuals on Sergio Aragonés, a comic creator who is best known for his work at Mad Magazine as well as creating the comic Groo the Wanderer. Sergio Aragonés writes and draws the one-shot Sergio Aragonés Stomps Star Wars for Dark Horse Comics.
"Come on, baby. You know you have more heart than them." - Han Solo to the Millennium Falcon from Han Solo #5.
The Millennium Falcon is easily the most iconic Star Wars spacecraft and it was no surprise this popular ship was brought back for the sequel trilogies. It received a lot of applause from audiences when Rey's first choice for transport off Jakku is destroyed and instead she and Finn race toward the familiar "garbage" hoping to evade the First Order TIE Fighters. It is aboard the Millennium Falcon that audiences are reunited with Han Solo and Chewbacca when Han declares "Chewie we're home." Even after the tragic death of Han later in the film, it is clear the Falcon's indelible influence will live on under the stewardship of Rey and Chewbacca.
Solo: A Star Wars Story's director Ron Howard has said, "The Falcon is a character in the movie, without a doubt." I know many fans, including myself, will be interested in seeing Han's reaction when he first see the spacecraft that will become an important part of his life. It is clear from the recently released trailer that the Millennium Falcon is going to play a big part in the movie, as it should.
In 2016, Marvel published a 5-part mini-series titled Star Wars: Han Solo. The Millennium Falcon's presence is important to the story; Han is recruited by Princess Leia to fly it in a race, the Dragon Void Run, which is a cover for Han to rescue and transport informants back to the Rebellion. Each issue in the series has a variant cover featuring the Millennium Falcon.
The first cover, by Scott Koblish, is an overhead view of the Falcon. The drawing is meticulous, almost specification-like, and it is framed so the eye is drawn directly to the Falcon, easily the most interesting item on the cover.
Star Wars: Han Solo #1d - Marvel Comics, U.S. (June 2016) Millennium Falcon variantMike Allred draws the second cover and his interpretation of the Falcon is very detailed, flying threw a vortex that has a signature Allred look.
Star Wars: Han Solo #2b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 2016) Millennium Falcon variantDeclan Shalvey's Falcon is not as bright as Allred's, but he manages to capture an interesting view of the spacecraft flying through an asteroid field. This is my second favorite cover of the five covers.
Star Wars: Han Solo #3b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (August 2016) Millennium Falcon variantEasily my favorite cover of the entire series, Stephanie Hans drawing for issue #4 is beautiful. Han Solo is standing atop his ship, peering up at the other spacecraft in the Dragon Void Race flying overhead. Chewbacca is prepping the Falcon for flight.
Star Wars: Han Solo #4b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (October 2016) Millennium Falcon variantMy least favorite Millennium Falcon variant, issue #5 shows brightly colored ships trailing the Falcon. The Falcon is encased in flames.
Star Wars: Han Solo #5b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (November 2016) Millennium Falcon variantThese variant covers were initially distributed in a ratio of 1 for every 10 copies ordered.
Prior to Star Wars Tales #21, most of the stories in this anthology title were not considered part of canon. This allowed for a variety of stories that were impossible to tell otherwise, such as a meeting between Darth Maul and Darth Vader as well as a crossover between Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Many of the tales in the first 20 issues are humorous in nature. With Star Wars Tales #21, new editor Jeremy Barlow introduced a new direction with stories that are serious in nature and part of continuity. Despite the shift, Star Wars Tales did not receive any noticeable movement in sales and even though Star Wars Tales always sold comparable to other Star Wars titles, the title ended with issue #24.
There are three stories in Star Wars Tales #21. The first part of a 4-part story Nomad is presented first and follows Darca Nyl who is pursuing a Dark Jedi named Lycan. In the first chapter, his mission takes him to a planet in the Outer Rim and helps rescue the daughter of one of the founders of the mining colony on the planet. The second tale Walking the Path That's Given is about Nas Ghent, a cynical ex-fighter pilot who fought on the side of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Now a smuggler, he is shot down by and recruited by Darth Vader to build an elite TIE unit named Black Eight Squadron. Ghent is assigned to the Star Destroyer Crucible and placed under the command of Commander Millavec. Ghent and Millavec clash and Millavec plots to kill Ghent on a training mission, but Ghent survives. The incident increases Ghent's resolve to carry out Vader's mission. The final story in Tales #21 is Equals & Opposites and stars Jedi Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors on the planet Ord Sedra freeing captives of the Yuuzhan Vong.
Star Wars Tales #21 has both an art and a photo cover.
Star Wars #21a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (October 2004) art coverStar Wars #21b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (October 2004) photo coverBoth covers are based on the story Walk the Path That's Given. Unfortunately, this is the one and only story about Nas Ghent forming the Black Eight Squadron. There were plans to continue the narrative, but they never materialized.
This black and white digest-sized comic is from Indonesia. It has an original Star Wars cover and interior story.
Star Wars: Planet Crowot a - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung, Indonesia (1980s) original story and coverThe main story is titled Planet Crowot. The cover shows Luke Skywalker holding a lightsaber and laser rifle. The bigger ship in the background in the Millennium Falcon and the smaller ship is . The upper left hand corner shows C-3PO and the upper right hand corner is R2-D2. Inside the story also shows Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi and is dated 15-10-1980. The final page of the story shows Luke, Superman, and Thor in the same panel!
There are 3 H.C. Andersen (Hans Christian Andersen?) stories: Telaga Airmata or Telaga Shedding Tears with a date of 21-April-1975, Mangkok Kramat or Bowl of Kramat with a date of 29-9-1980, and Panah Emas or The Arrow of Gold with a date of 29-9-1980. The three backup stories seem to star the same characters.
It is no surprise that movie adaptations do not sell as well as original stories in the pamphlet format. This was not always the case as the original Star Wars movie adaptation was a huge hit for Marvel. The first issue went back to print seven times in various formats in 1977 and 1978 alone. I'm guessing Marvel has made more money off of Star Wars movie adaptations than all of the other Star Wars comics combined. When you consider the number of times those original six issues have been published around the world, with new collections of these comics being published seemly yearly somewhere on the globe, it is easy to understand why Marvel still adapts these movies to comic form. Those original issues were published 40 years ago and they are still being published today, making these Marvel's equivalent of DC's Watchmen and The Dark Knight collections.
Marvel will be publishing a 6-issue mini-series of The Last Jedi starting in May. Like the Rogue One adaptation last year, this series will include scenes not shown in the movie. This tradition goes back to the original Star Wars movie. In the comics we see Luke Skywalker witness Princess Leia's Blockade Runner overtaken by a Star Destroyer over Tatooine, our first glimpse of Luke's friend Biggs Darklighter is in Anchorhead not the Massassi Temple on Yavin, and Jabba confronts Han Solo in Docking Bay 94 in Mos Eisley. Deleted scenes were not just found in the Star Wars adaptation; The Empire Strikes Back told in Star Wars #39 - 44 also contains a few surprises. The Wampa attack on the Rebel base on Hoth is found in the exquisitely drawn pages by Al Williamson, as is a much more intense training of Luke by Yoda and more dialogue from Boba Fett on the bridge of the Executor. Those original comic versions of the movies contained these scenes because the comics were timed to be released to newsstands when movie goers hit the theaters, so Marvel did not know some of these scenes would end up on the cutting room floor. This nostalgia by Star Wars fans for these cut scenes is why Marvel's intention to purposely include additional scenes in The Last Jedi adaptation is a good decision. Star Wars fans not only love what is shown on the screen, but they love what did not make the cut just as much.
In a press release that came out on Monday, Dark Horse Comics announced they are teaming with Disney on a Frozen mini-series. Frozen comics have been published by Joe Books and IDW has a license to publish comics based on other Disney characters. The press release also mentioned that Dark Horse and Disney will be collaborating on more comics in the near future.
Needless to say, there are some Star Wars comic fans who are speculating that Dark Horse might get the Star Wars license back. I'm of the opinion that this is not likely since the Star Wars books are some of Marvel's best selling, with the main Star Wars title Marvel's top selling ongoing comic since it debuted in January 2015. It is hard to imagine a scenario where Marvel would jeopardize their monthly sales by giving up what has proven to be a cash cow for them. And, as IDW has discovered with the Star Wars Adventures title, just because a comic is based on Star Wars, it doesn't necessarily translate to high sales.
The Dutch magazine Pep began publication in 1962 and it initially included imported material from the United States and Belgium. In the mid 1960s however, this anthology magazine began featuring more local talent and is responsible for launching some of the longer lasting, well known Dutch comics, including Martin Lodewijk's Agent 327 and Peter de Smet's De Generaal. One comic strip in the magazine created by Dutch artist Uco Egmond in 1973 is Eppo, named after the strip's main character. When the Pep magazine merged with another anthology comic magazine Sjors in 1975, the new publication was named Eppo after Egmond's strip. The Eppo magazine continued to publish the Agent 327 and De Generaal comics, but they were joined by equally popular comics like Henk Kuijpers' Franka, Jan Steeman and Andrew Brandt's Roel Dijkstra, and Don Lawrence's Storm.
Eppo was published weekly and the numbering was restarted every year. Issue #13 and 14 in 1982 contains 8-page Star Wars comic strip supplements. The black and white supplements are stapled to the center of the magazine and are slightly smaller than the magazine's dimensions of 8" x 10 1/2". The supplements feature The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell story. Eppo #13 contains material found in the strip from March 1st to March 22nd and Issue #14 contains material from March 23rd to April 19th. The comic strip is edited to fit in the 8-page format.
The cover of Eppo #13 features Berck's comic strip Lowietje. A blurb on the cover reads Extra Star Wars Mini-Album Deel 1 or Extra Star Wars Mini Album Part 1.
Eppo #13a - Oberon, Netherlands (1982) 8-page Star Wars newspaper strip supplement The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell part 1 from March 1 - March 22Don Lawrence's Storm is featured on the cover of Eppo #14. A blurb on the cover reads Deel 2 Miniboekje Star Wars or Part 2 Mini Booklet Star Wars.
Eppo #14a - Oberon, Netherlands (1982) 8-page Star Wars newspaper strip supplement The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell part 2 from March 23 - April 19There are other issues of Eppo that contain Star Wars comics.
Steam Wars: Gearjammer #1 collects the backup stories from Steam Wars: First Empire #1 and 2 starring the pilot Zora Gearjammer. In the story, Zora Gearjammer, flying a craft with features reminiscent of an X-Wing Fighter, is being chased by another ship commanded by Darq Maude who Zora refers to as the Night Hag. The ship Maude is commanding has solar panels not unlike those found on an Advanced TIE Fighter, although her spacecraft is considerably larger. The pursuit is low over a planet's surface and the two ships enter into a cave with imagery that reminds readers of the Death Star trench run at the end of a New Hope. When the ships emerge from the cave, Maude's spacecraft is grabbed by a Sand Kraken. Before the ship is completely destroyed, Maude gets off a final shot that hits Zora's starship, causing her to crash. Zora is awaken by a voice that tells her "You must fulfill your destiny." She sees a light from the wreckage of Darq Maude's ship and discovers a Star Ember which she plans on using to power her escape.
Steam Wars purposely uses familiar Star Wars elements in a Steam Punk setting. It is obvious that Zora Gearjammer is meant to remind us of Luke Skywalker, and the voice Zora hears is like Luke Skywalker hearing Ben Kenobi's voice. Additionally, Darq Maude's name and look is not unlike that of Darth Vader.
Steam Wars: Gearjammer #1a - Antarctic Press, U.S. (July 2016)The cover for GearJammer #1 shows Zora Gearjammer holding a wrench. Behind her is the spacecraft which has similarities to an X-Wing Fighter with an elongated body and double wings located at the back.
"Luke... the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned. Luke... there is... another Sk... ky... walker..." - Yoda's dying words.
In The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, we learn Luke Skywalker was passing on what he had learned, at least until Luke's fateful confrontation with one of his Jedi apprentices, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, Ben Solo. The confrontation led to Ben, now Kylo Ren, destroying Luke's Jedi temple and killing many of the other students. Before a future generation of Jedi was hinted at in the new movies, the Expanded Universe had gone their first.
Published in March 1994, Jedi Search is the first of three novel about the Jedi Academy written by Kevin Anderson. The second novel, Dark Apprentice, was published in July 1994 and the final novel, Champions of the Force, was published in September 1994. The following year, Kevin Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta would continue writing about the Jedi Academy in a series of fourteen books under the Young Jedi Knights title. The first 3 books in the Jedi Academy Trilogy focused on the foundation of the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 by Luke Skywalker, while the Young Jedi Knights series follows the adventures of Han Solo and Princess Leia's twin children, Jacen and Jaina Solo, while attending the established Jedi Academy. After writing the final novel in the Young Jedi Knights series, Kevin Anderson wrote the 4-part mini-series, Jedi Academy - Leviathan, which stars five of the original students from the Jedi Academy Trilogy.
The five students featured in the mini-series are Kyp Durron, Streen, Kirana Ti, Tionne, and Dorsk 81's clone Dorsk 82. (Technically, Dorsk 81 was in the Jedi Academy Trilogy and Dorsk 82 is a different character.) Of the five characters, Kyp Durron has been the most popular and most used, so it is not surprising he takes center stage in this series. The series sees four of the Jedi Knights travel to the planet Corbos to confront a Leviathan that killed all the inhabitants of a mining colony. The first Leviathan is defeated in issue #3 only for a larger Leviathan to attack the Jedi Knights in issue #4. Ultimately this larger Leviathan is defeated.
The cover for Jedi Academy - Leviathan #1 shows the four Jedi Knights who travel to the planet Corbos. Front and center is Kyp Durron, while to his right is Streen. Crouched at Kyp's left is Kirana Ti and behind her is Dorsk 82.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy - Leviathan #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (October 1998)The second cover shows Kyp Durron being attacked by the Leviathan.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy - Leviathan #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 1998)Kyp Durron is freeing the souls of the miners from the defeated Leviathan on the third cover.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy - Leviathan #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 1998)The final cover has all four Jedi Knights in action against the larger Leviathan.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy - Leviathan #4a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (January 1999)Star Wars: Jedi Academy - Leviathan #1 was the top selling Star Wars comic in October 1998 with an estimated 30,000+ initial units sold. When the series ended in January 1999, it was the lowest selling Star Wars comic for the month with just under 27,000 initial units sold. Despite being the lowest selling Star Wars title, it still was a top 100 comic for the month. It isn't clear why Dark Horse never published any more Jedi Academy stories, since the concept seems like it would be a great source for stories. Unfortunately, Kevin Anderson, who also wrote several Tales of the Jedi mini-series, never wrote another Star Wars story for Dark Horse after Jedi Academy - Leviathan.
Tercüman Çocuk or Interpreter Child is a weekly magazine from Turkey which features comics, puzzles, and games for children. Starting in early 1982, several issues of the Marvel Star Wars title were translated into Turkish for the publication. Only a few Star Wars pages are included in Tercüman Çocuk and some of the issues even have a Star Wars cover. Tercüman Çocuk #23 from June 4, 1982 contains three pages from Star War #24.
Tercüman Çocuk #23a - Tercüman Çocuk Publication, Turkey (June 4, 1982) pages #12 - 14 of Star Wars #24The cover artwork used for the 1982 Tercüman Çocuk #24 is the same artwork used for Star Wars #47.
Star Wars #47a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (May 1981)Inside, the color palette is limited and the colors do not match the colors used in the U.S. edition.
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