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"In the name of the Emperor, I claim this planet as Imperial territory. Surrender and no harm will come to you."
―Imperial officer, about to be killed[src]

"The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated" is a two-page comic that appeared in Star Wars Tales 19 and was later collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 5. It was written by Ken Lizzl, penciled by Lucas Marangon, and lettered by Steve Dutro. The comic tells the story of a small Imperial detachment sent to conquer the rural planet of Gibbela. Although they expected to meet little resistance, the Imperials were wiped out by a polymorphic native.

Plot summaryEdit

On the planet Gibbela, an agricultural world well off any trade routes, a tiny humanoid native farmer is farming on a plot of land. A small Imperial contingent lands on the farm in a Sentinel-class landing craft, planning on taking over the planet. Several stormtroopers and an officer disembark the shuttle and demand that the farmer surrender. However, much to the Imperials' surprise, the farmer transforms into a gigantic clawed beast and kills all of them. The creature shrinks back to its original size and continues its fieldwork, using the remaining armor and weapons of the deceased Imperials as farm equipment. In the future, spacers avoid Gibbela because of its deadly inhabitants.

DevelopmentEdit

Gibbela

The Gibbela native uses the captured Imperial gear as farming equipment.

A short, two-page comic, "The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated" first appeared in Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars Tales 19, published on May 14, 2004. It was later collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 5, which was released on February 23, 2005. The comic was written by Ken Lizzl, penciled by Lucas Marangon, and lettered by Steve Dutro.

ContinuityEdit

Originally, the canonicity of "The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated" was considered ambiguous, or S-canon, because the comic had been published in an issue of Star Wars Tales before issue 21.[1] However, The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, released in December 2008, referenced the events of the comic in its entry on Gibbela, promoting the comic to C-canon, or Continuity Canon, which consists of all published works recognized as part of the official continuity.[2]

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Star Wars Tales
Tales 1: Life, Death, and the Living Force · Mara Jade: A Night on the Town · Extinction, Part 1 · Skippy the Jedi Droid
Tales 2: Routine · Extinction, Part 2 · Stop That Jawa! · Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain Tarpals · Deal with a Demon · Lady Luck · Three Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of Doubt · A Death Star Is Born · Spare Parts · Sand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One Below · What They Called Me · A Summer's Dream · Hoth · Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk Street · A Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite! · Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc · Junkheap Hero · The Hidden · Thank the Maker
Tales 7: Single Cell · Nerf Herder · Jedi Chef · Outbid But Never Outgunned · Force Fiction
Tales 8: Captain Threepio · The One That Got Away · The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! · Death Star Pirates · Bad Business
Tales 9: Resurrection · Hate Leads to Lollipops · The Rebel Four
Tales 10: Trooper · Skreej · Nameless · A Wookiee Scorned! · Free Memory
Tales 11: Prey · In the Beginning · The Princess Leia Diaries · Tall Tales · Ghost
Tales 12: A Day in the Life · A Jedi's Weapon · The Revenge of Tag & Bink · Once Bitten · The Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle Peace · The Secret of Tet-Ami · Survivors · Stones · The Sith in the Shadow · Children of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse Endor · The Emperor's Court · Urchins · Tides of Terror · The Lesson · Smuggler's Blues · Mythology
Tales 15: Sandstorm · First Impressions · Falling Star · Do or Do Not · Slippery Slope · Lucky Stars
Tales 16: The Other · Best Birthday Ever · The Long, Bad Day · Kessel Run · Lunch Break · Heart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the Dead · All for You · Phantom Menaces · Ghosts of Hoth · The Apprentice · Dark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the Galaxy · Payback · Being Boba Fett · The Way of the Warrior · Revenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New Empires · The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated · Rather Darkness Visible · The Rebel Club · The Lost Lightsaber · Into the Great Unknown · Storyteller
Tales 20: George R. Binks · Who's Your Daddy · Fred Jawa · Luke Skywalker: Detective · Hunger Pains · Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks · Nobody's Perfect · Problem Solvers · Melvin Fett · Young Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter One · Walking the Path That's Given · Equals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor Bound · Nomad Chapter Two · Marooned
Tales 23: Shadows and Light · Nomad Chapter Three · Lucky
Tales 24: Marked · Fett Club · Unseen, Unheard · Nomad Chapter Four
Trade paperbacks
Volume 1 · Volume 2 · Volume 3 · Volume 4 · Volume 5 · Volume 6
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