It may hardly have escaped your discover (you *are* an individual studying a comics blog) that there’s a new Star Wars film out this week.
I wished to write down something that ties in but I’m very conscious that Lucas’ biggest non-archaeologist creation is *extremely* properly represented on the web. Each odd spin-off and tie-in has been analysed and re-analysed by a billion bloggers before me so as a substitute I am going to simply give a brief rundown earlier than displaying one of my favourite comic strips’ take on the films.
Star Wars comics first arrived published by Marvel in July 1977, the first few points being a retelling of the film, adapted by Roy Thomas with artwork by Howard Chaykin.
I love the “Marvel Type” of this period and its ridiculous hyperbole. “Will he SAVE the galaxy or DESTROY it?” Meaning nothing but looks cool on a cowl.
Darth Vader’s helmet seems very off-mannequin at this point too.
Viddy the cowl of difficulty two with its take on the cantina scene:
Far more exciting.
The history of movie tie-in comics at this level was not nice. They had been usually badly put together by people who had not seen the film, typically with little thought of the movie was.
Whereas researching this weblog I came throughout this actually superb example of a Chinese language comedian (or illustrated story) primarily based on Star Wars that strays so far from the original as to create its personal fascinating artwork.
Nobody knew how huge a cash cow Star Wars would be for anybody at this point so when Star Wars (Episode IV) hit big, greater than pretty much something ever, Marvel discovered themselves with a major hit comedian.
So, from issue 7 on the comic gave us new journey with the characters, following immediately on from the occasions of the movie. Lucas had requested the minimal use of Luke and Leia (perhaps because he was engaged on their familial relationship) so Thomas and Chaykin gave us primarily tales featuring Han, Chewy and new characters.
One character that Lucas objected to was called Jaxxon and first appeared in subject eight. dr strange t-shirts Jaxxon was a smuggler from Coachelle Prime who agreed to assist Han on a job in return for help fixing his spacecraft. Oh, and he appeared like a six-foot humanoid green rabbit.
Now readers of a certain age and/or with a certain level of cultural consciousness may take a look at Jaxxon, a humanoid green rabbit in a red bounce-swimsuit with a blaster…
and word his similarity to Bucky O’Hare, a humanoid green rabbit in a red leap-suit with a blaster.
However this *actually* does appear to be a bizarre coincidence. Bucky’s creator, Larry Hama, was originally engaged on the character while working at DC in 1978 before a authorized argument scuppered plans to publish. His first look (seen above) was published by Continuity Comics in 1984, by which time Jaxxon had lengthy since been buried.
Now, let’s croak us some toads:
Man, that is 90s as hell.
Jaxxon did ultimately resurface as a joke on one of the alternate covers for Marvel’s new Star Wars difficulty 1 earlier this 12 months.
In the meantime, the comics I remember from my childhood have been revealed by Marvel UK, in the bigger format we Brits are more used to.
Dig that “Worthwhile first challenge!” And the extra sedate printing of the strap-line.
The British expectation of anthology comics meant the main Star Wars strip was backed up with different Marvel-owned strips, together with Micronauts, Deathlok, Adam Warlock and some now-forgotten group of area adventurers referred to as Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel continued publishing Star Wars comics (including adaptations of the other motion pictures and tie-ins to Droids and Ewoks) till their licence expired in 1987.
Darkish Horse picked up the licence in 1991 and began by publishing the mini-sequence Darkish Empire.
Darkish Horse did plenty of superb issues with the licence, taking the franchise forward in many fascinating ways. Even when the prequel films had been released they could nonetheless claim their continuations have been the official, canonical future of the Star Wars universe. And the fans were very happy with that.
Till the purchase of Star Wars by Disney (by now additionally the homeowners of Marvel) and the announcement of latest movies and Marvel comics. So now all these tales “do not depend”.
So, I am glad I by no means bothered with them.
The one DH Star Wars comics I remember studying was Tag and Bink Are Lifeless and its sequels.
A enjoyable romp originally written by Kevin Rubio and drawn by Lucas Marangon it shows two minor Jedi (Jedis? Never pluralised it before) as they by accident stumble by way of numerous key scenes from the original motion pictures. Like Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Or Timon and Pumba in Lion King three.
Anyway, Star Wars comics are again being published by Marvel and being written and drawn by the very best modern comics have to supply and they are really, really good, which, talking as a guy far more into Trek than Wars, is delightful. I’ve spent most of my life totally indifferent to the franchise so it is good to feel excited once more.
Now, as promised, this is one among my favourites. Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County.
At the time Return of the Jedi was launched, Breathed put his characters into every week-long Star Wars pastiche, taking pot-photographs on the advertising tie-in alongside the best way.
Perpetual dreamer Binkley views himself as Luke and his penguin pal Opus is as useless as ever as Artoo.
Vietnam vet Cutter John (extra commonly seen as captain of the Enterprise in Bloom County’s Star Trek fantasies) is seen as Han, his wheelchair having become a speeder bike.
Shady lawyer Steve Dallas is the villain, representing the snide critical opinions of the day.
And eventually, Binkley confronts George Lucas himself. It is enjoyable to note here the 1998 was the yr the first of the prequels came out, the plans for the third trilogy (at that time) having been abandonned. Imagine if Binkley had known he’d have wait an additional 17 years for the final sequence to start.