Classic Star Wars 16

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Classic Star Wars 16
Attribution information

Archie Goodwin


Al Williamson, Allen Nunis


Al Williamson


Ray Murtaugh

Cover artist

Allen Nunis

Publication information

Dark Horse Comics

Publication date

February 1, 1994



General information

Rebellion era




Classic Star Wars

Issue number


Preceded by

Classic Star Wars 15

Followed by

Classic Star Wars 17

Classic Star Wars 16 is the sixteenth issue of the Classic Star Wars series, published by Dark Horse Comics.

This particular Classic series were reformatted and colored reprints of the Star Wars daily newspaper strip by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson from the early 1980s. Williamson supplied new panels and art to flow the stories for traditional comic format.

Publisher's summaryEdit

As Luke leads the Rebel fleet on its escape to its new base on Hoth, the Rebels' new allies, the Mon Calamari, plan a diversion to help them escape an Imperial blockade. But the Imperials soon realize that the Mon Calamari attacks are a diversion for the real Rebel escape, and they set off with the intent of destroying the Rebels once and for all. Meanwhile, Han, Chewie, and C-3PO take off in the Millennium Falcon to find an alternate escape route to Hoth, but what they discover is a seemingly impassable route that would take them dangerously close to a gigantic stellar flare!

Allen Nunis and Al Williamson himself retouch Williamson's original artwork and add some new art of their own, and Steve Buccellato adds the perfect color complement to the classic newspaper strip art. The new color cover is a Nunis space spectacular!

Luke Skywalker and General
Dodonna's son, Vrad, get into
a tussle over Vrad's loyalties, but
break it off before any serious
harm can be done, and take off for
a showdown with Darth Vader. They
use the power gem to attack Vader's
Executor, but Vader senses both the
power gem as well as Luke using the Force.
Vrad drops Luke off on a nearby planetoid
in order to go it alone, but Vader turns his
battle cruiser around to seek out Luke. Han and
Chewbacca retrieve Luke from the planetoid, as
Vrad pilots his fighter directly into Vader's battle
cruiser on a kamikaze mission that doesn't quite
succeed. But it does provide distraction enough to
allow the Millennium Falcon to attack the unshielded
rear of Vader's craft, causing some damage to the gyro-
control system. That's enough to buy the Rebels time to
evacuate Yavin base and head for Hoth, with Luke receiving a
field promotion to Commander from General Dodonna before
they leave. As the last Rebel transport leaves, General Dodonna
stays behind on Yavin Four to await the Imperial attack.


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