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Star Wars
Attribution
Writer(s)

Various

Penciller(s)

Various

Inker(s)

Various

Letterer(s)

Various

Colorist(s)

Various

Cover artist(s)

Various

Editor(s)

Various

Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Schedule

Monthly (3 annual issues)

Format

Completed

Issues

114

General information
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

0 BBY4 ABY


"Long ago in a galaxy far, far away... there exists a state of cosmic civil war. A brave alliance of underground freedom fighters has challenged the tyranny and oppression of the awesome Galactic Empire. This is their story!"
―Introduction to many issues of Marvel's Star Wars[src]

The Marvel Star Wars series of comic books was the first ever comic series created for the saga. It spanned 107 issues, with three special Annual issues. The series was relatively long-running, lasting from 1977 to 1986. It was published by Marvel Comics. The series was such a smash hit for Marvel in an otherwise dismal sales year that many who worked at Marvel in 1977 consider it to have singlehandedly saved them from financial ruin.[1]

Issues 1–6 adapted the events of A New Hope and Issues 39–44 adapted The Empire Strikes Back; however, the Return of the Jedi adaptation was published as a separate four-issue mini-series outside of the regular series.

Marvel Illustrated Books Star Wars 1, Marvel Illustrated Books Star Wars 2, and Classic Star Wars: Devilworlds 1 and 2 included additional stories published as part of the Marvel UK Star Wars series, which, due to running weekly, included additional stories. The only story that hadn't been reprinted in the US is Death Masque until its ultimate appearance inside the 2013 Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1.

Many issues of the regular series included a letter column titled Star-Words.

CanonicityEdit

Echo Station: "What kind of approval process did you need to adhere to?"

Archie Goodwin: "In the beginning I would send a synopsis of the story line I was planning to do to Lucasfilm and the folks in their licensing department would check over what I was doing. (I dealt with) a lady named Carol Titleman - practically a one person licensing department for Lucasfilm. Later on, as they hired more people, there would be an editor that I worked with and submitted material to...

"We have what we call Canon, which is the screenplays, novelizations, and other core works that are directly tied into the continuity, and then there are a lot of marginal things, like the old Marvel Comics series, that we don't really try to work into the continuity when we're planning new projects."
Allan Kausch from 1996, referring to the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project[src]

According to Leland Chee, however, all of the Marvel Comics are considered S-Canon unless referenced by a C-Canon source, in which case that particular comic becomes C-Canon.[2]

IssuesEdit

Annual IssuesEdit

Return of the Jedi Movie Adaptation Mini-seriesEdit

CollectionsEdit

A New HopeEdit

The Empire Strikes BackEdit

Return of the JediEdit

Marvel Illustrated BooksEdit

Classic Star WarsEdit

A Long Time Ago...Edit

DevilworldsEdit

OmnibusEdit

A Long Time Ago...Edit

Publication datesEdit

When the series started in 1977, the direct market for comic books was still in its infancy and comic book specialty shops were rare. Because of this, Marvel kept dual records for publication dates: shipping dates and on-sale dates.

Shipping dates described when comics left the printer to go out to newsstands, groceries, and drug stores, which would generally put them on sale upon arrival. On-sale dates were provided by Marvel as a uniform Tuesday intended for all outlets—but particularly comic book shops—to place a comic on sale. For the length of the Star Wars series, the on-sale date is usually three weeks after the shipping date. Depending on a reader's region of North America, some may have received a comic shortly before the on-sale date, but all readers should have had access to the issue by that date.

Like with most magazines, the date on the cover is intended to tell retailers when to remove the book from store shelves, not relate when the item went on sale. For Star Wars, the cover date was normally three months after the shipping date, and two months after the on-sale date.[3]

Non-English variationsEdit

SwedenEdit

Translated to "Stjärnornas krig" (War of the stars) and later to "Månadens äventyr" (Adventure of the month); the comics were published by Semic press AB between 1977 and 1987. The first years only as yearly king-sized albums, the first regular issue is listed as #1 1983/84.

The albums collected issues 1-6, 11-15, 18-23, 25-26, 31-34 and 39-44. Every issue from 45 to 107 except 94 and 100 was published in the regular issues, although the order of the issues was a bit more complex: 51-52, 55, 49, 56-63, 65, 68-91, 93, 92, 45-48, 50, 53-54, 64-67, 95-99, 101-107. Issue 65 was released twice and during 1986, when every other issue "starred" Indiana Jones instead of Star Wars.[4]

Notes and referencesEdit

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