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The Empire Strikes Back
Attribution
Author(s)

John Whitman

Cover artist

Brandon McKinney

Publication information
Publisher

Chronicle Books

Release date

December 1996

Media type

Hardcover

Pages

295

ISBN

0811814823

Chronology
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

3 ABY

Series

Mighty Chronicles

Preceded by

Star Wars

Followed by

Return of the Jedi

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1996 Mighty Chronicles illustrated adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and published by Chronicle Books. It contains 144 illustrations in shades of blue and black.

Differences from the filmEdit

  • Although released to commemorate the "Special Edition" trilogy, the illustrations and story only depicts the original 1980 version of the film. Examples include the wampa hiding in it's cave and the windowless hallways of Cloud City.
  • The scene where Leia kisses Luke during his recovery on Hoth is omitted. In the book, the scene ends immediately after Han says Luke, "That's too you owe me."
  • When first introduced, Yoda is referred to as an "imp". However, the illustration text refers to him by name.
  • Yoda hitting R2-D2 with his cane while trying to take Luke's lamp is depicted through illustration only and does not appear in the written part of the story.
  • Captain Needa's death is omitted.
  • Luke and Vader continue dueling from the freezing chamber to the window scene. There is no pause where Luke goes looking for Vader between these two duels.

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