Beyond the movie! Beyond the gal­axy!

SFX - - The Comic Strips Present Part Two: The 1970s -

The SF movie of the decade had been bought for a song by Marvel, ahead of box of­fice mania. With ex­pec­ta­tions low, Ge­orge Lu­cas even per­mit­ted them to draw like­nesses of the ac­tors. 1977’s smash hit six-is­sue colour adap­ta­tion was reprinted as blackand-white UK ti­tle Star Wars Weekly from Fe­bru­ary 1978, its phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess boost­ing the ail­ing pub­lisher both sides of the At­lantic.

Now drawn “the Marvel way”, our heroes were all clenched teeth and rip­pling mus­cles, but sto­ry­lines en­thralled fans be­tween the first two movies. These in­cluded Han Solo re­cruit­ing a green rab­bit to a makeshift Mag­nif­i­cent Seven (plus One), a water­world of dragon-rid­ers, a space wheel casino and “last” Jedi Baron Tagge. Even Darth Vader’s re­turn was sanc­tioned, long be­fore his big screen re­vival in The Em­pire Strikes Back.

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