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Attribution information
Writer
Penciller

Michael Golden

Inker

Terry Austin

Letterer

Joe Rosen

Colorist

Michael Golden

Cover artist

Michael Golden

Editor

Archie Goodwin

Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Publication date
Pages

17

General information
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

0 ABY

Series

Marvel Star Wars

Issue number

38

Preceded by

Star Wars 37: In Mortal Combat

Followed by

Star Wars 39: The Empire Strikes Back: Beginning

Star Wars 38: Riders in the Void is the thirty-eighth issue in the Marvel Star Wars series of comics.

Plot summaryEdit

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were on a mission an odd ‘’u’’ shaped star ship to transport medical supplies for the Rebellion when an Imperial Star Destroyer attacked their craft. In an attempt to escape they made the jump to hyperspace but there was some damage to the craft as it began to shake violently as they traveled through hyperspace and Luke decided to drop back to sublight travel. Once they did, they realized that had traveled beyond their home galaxy and into the starless void Their craft is quickly swallowed up literally by a mysterious organic ship ,that resembles a pile of melted plastic grapes,taking into the ships cargo holds opening,that closes like squide, which proceeds to play some deadly games with them.Luke fights a golden robot,with a light saber,similar to a Jedi. Once the ship realizes that Luke and Leia are actually real individuals and not part of its own programming it tries to forcibly expel them the same way,it took in their ship. However, the ship’s sole occupant-masked fighter pilot,seated within a command chair reconsiders its actions and decides to take them back to their home galaxy where the ship is attacked by the same Imperial Star Destroyer which had attacked the Rebels earlier.

Ship was at one time two separate beings, a pilot and a mecho-organic vessel, who participated in a war in an unknown galaxy. The ship and her crew were the only survivors of the last battle of the war,with strange mushroom ships of similar type and returned home only to find that their enemy, as a final gesture, had unleashed a deadly plague bomb on the crew's home planet, killing the entire population. Only one crew member survived the plague and returned to the ship fleeing the galaxy to the starless void, beyond the reach of the plague. Over time the pilot and ship fused to become a single being which existed in solitude, playing games with itself for amusement through the years.Once the ship realizes that Luke and Leia are actually real individuals and not part of its own programming it tries to forcibly expel them. However, the ship and pilot reconsiders its actions and decides to take them back to their home galaxy where the ship is attacked by the same Imperial Star Destroyer which had attacked the Rebels earlier. The ship quickly destroyed the cruiser with anti-matter pods and returns to its home in the void after allowing Luke and Leia to leave its hold to return to the previous mission.

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Characters

Droid models

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Behind the scenesEdit

  • This was a fill-in issue but went on to become one of the more popular Marvel issues because of the artwork of Michael Golden.
  • Issue #38 was scheduled to be the first part of the comic adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, as stated by the teaser on the final page of issue #37. However, according to an editorial comment in the letters page of issue #38, Marvel was moving to a new distribution system and the entirety of the adaptation had to fit under that new system, forcing Marvel to push the debut up to issue #39.
  • Some fans suspect that the events mentioned in that issue should be retroactively considered the earliest appearance of the Yuuzhan Vong and the first mention of the Cremlevian War, but as of yet, no later source has retconned those two together.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Comic Reader #179 (Alternatively, The Comics Journal #55 lists May 20, 1980, but this does not fit the pattern of each issue coming out the fourth Tuesday in a month)


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