Its original incarnation, the Official Star Wars Fan Club Newsletter, was distributed to members every two months; Bantha Tracks was distributed every season. It has since been revived on Star Wars Hyperspace, both in archives of the original publications and in an entirely new incarnation, Bantha Tracks Online.
The name Bantha Tracks was decided in a contest from the Official Star Wars Fan Club Newsletter #2 which allowed the fans to decide a less literal name. The winner was Preston Postle of Avon, Ohio, who suggested the name Bantha Tracks. Runner-up names included The Comlink and Inside Star Wars.
The original Bantha Tracks ran for 35 issues until its discontinuation in 1987. In 2003, StarWars.com released all 35 issues online for Hyperspace members from June to December as Classic Bantha Tracks. And in 2004, they also introduced a new, bi-weekly, online publication known as Bantha Tracks Online, which, as of August 2005, is still in publication. The first two years of Bantha Tracks was edited and (mainly) written by Craig Miller, who was Director of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm from 1977-1980.
Bantha Tracks is also a section in Star Wars Insider that displays fans' art and picture submissions.
- Star Wars Insider 41 (First appearance)