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This article is about the first issue of Marvel Star Wars. You may be looking for the 2013 Dark Horse comic, or Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
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Star Wars 1
Attribution
Writer

Roy Thomas

Penciller

Howard Chaykin

Inker

Howard Chaykin

Letterer

Jim Novak

Colorist

Marie Severin

Cover artist
Editor

Roy Thomas

Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Publication date
Pages

17

General information
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

0 BBY

Series

Marvel Star Wars

Issue number

1

Followed by

Star Wars 2: Six Against the Galaxy

Star Wars 1 is the first issue of the Marvel Star Wars series of comic books. It closely follows the opening events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Plot summaryEdit

Imperial Forces led by Darth Vader capture Princess Leia Organa's ship, which is on a mission for the Rebel Alliance. Two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, manage to escape from the Rebel ship with data critical to the Princess' cause. After arriving on the nearby planet Tatooine, the droids are acquired by young moisture farmer Luke Skywalker and his uncle Owen Lars to work at their farm. Luke finds part of an urgent message from Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi in R2's memory. R2 escapes from the farm with the intention of finding Kenobi on his own; Luke, fearing punishment from his uncle for losing the droid, pursues R2 to the Jundland Wastes, only to be attacked by a band of ferocious Sand People.

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Behind the scenesEdit

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This is part one of the six-part adaptation of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

The story in this issue includes a couple of Tatooine scenes that were cut from A New Hope, including Luke Skywalker witnessing the opening space battle, Luke telling Camie and Fixer (who refer to Luke by his nickname "Wormie") what he saw, and Biggs Darklighter telling Luke of his plan to join the Rebellion.

This issue contains one page of text titled Star Wars: The Ultimate Space-Fantasy, describing the background of the film's story and creators. Since there were no fan letters to publish in the first issue, writer Roy Thomas used the letters page, titled Star Warriors, to explain how Marvel Comics came to acquire the rights to the comics adaptation.

The Bullpen Bulletins page, which is used to highlight important events in Marvel Comics that month, mentions the first issue of the Star Wars comics adaptation.

The cover for this issue was based on Howard Chaykin's original convention poster, which became one of the most valuable posters in the Star Wars collecting world. The artwork includes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo, although they would not appear in the series until issue 2, and X-wing, Y-wing, and TIE fighters, which wouldn't appear in the series until issue 5. Also, Darth Vader is incorrectly colored green and Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber blades are incorrectly colored red on the cover.

This is the only issue in the entire series where the traditional Star Wars logo on the cover does not have the "S" attached to the "T" in the word "star."

The original cover price for this issue was 30 cents, but Marvel printed a 35-cent version with a limited distribution of about 1500 copies to six markets within the US. Due to the low print run, the 35-cent version is considered more valuable than the 30-cent one. There were also several reprint versions. Reprints are noted by the word REPRINT that runs along the spine of the book inside of the logo box, the phrase "THIS IS A REPRINT OF A PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ISSUE" on the inside indicia, or both.

There is a common misconception about using a diamond vs. box to identify reprints in this series. This misconception was first widely spread when the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide published the technique as a valid method of differentiation. The Overstreet guide stated that issues #1-9 were reprinted and that they should have the word "REPRINT" in the upper left-hand corner of the cover or inside, "or price and number inside a diamond with no date or UPC on cover." In actuality, not all reprints from the early part of this series have the price and number inside a diamond, and not all copies that have their price and number inside a diamond are reprints.

Comic books distributed through Curtis Circulation to newsstand clients were returnable for a full credit in the event that they did not sell. The diamond box cover modification was the primary method used by Marvel to distinguish between copies sold through Curtis Circulation and other distributors. The primary client for these cover-modified issues was Western Publishing, which distributed non-returnable issues in "Whitman three-packs" to drugstores in the 1970s and 1980s.

There are believed to be eight versions of Marvel Comics Star Wars issue #1: A 35-cent Newsstand first printing with UPC (1500 printed, 400 estimated to still exist), a 30-cent Newsstand first printing with UPC, a 30-cent Newsstand reprint with marked cover with UPC, a 35-cent Diamond Series first printing with UPC (only two known to still exist), a 30-cent Diamond series first printing without UPC, a 35-cent Diamond series reprint with marked cover and no UPC, a 35-cent Diamond series reprint with clean cover and no UPC, and a 2007 reprint included in Hasbro's Comic Packs, which included action figures of Darth Vader, a green-colored IT-O Interrogator, and a "Rebel Officer."

This is one of the most reprinted comics of all time. It has been reprinted along with the other five parts of the adaptation in standard formats, and also large treasury size and small novel size editions.

In 1994, Dark Horse Comics acquired the rights to reprint this issue and the other parts in the adaptation.

CollectionsEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, provided by Lucasfilm
  2. The Comic Reader #142, provided by Marvel

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