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Star Wars

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Publisher: Marvel

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When the movie Star Wars became an unexpected breakout hit in 1977, the logo was on t-shirts, wall posters, and lunchboxes. It was also a Marvel comic. Most people don't know that Lucasfilm approached Marvel before 1977 about publishing a comic book series based on the film. Curiously, Marvel mogul Stan Lee declined! Eventually Conan The Barbarian writer Roy Thomas convinced Lee to do it, with the caveat that he (Thomas) would edit the series. Star Wars #1 arrived in Summer 1977. It contained 17 pages of full-color story plus ads. By the end of the decade, it was one of the bestselling comics from either Marvel or DC at a time when sales of other titles were floundering. Star Wars #1 began a six-issue arc that adapted the film before original stories took over. Most copies of Star Wars #1 carry a 30-cent cover price. A relatively few copies were printed with a 35-cent price, known as the “variant cover”, the purpose of which was to test selected markets for resistance to an impending price increase. The 35-cent variant copies of Star Wars #1 have become the most valuable book on Overstreet’s Top 10 Bronze Age Comics list. The cover of Star Wars #1 features a cover drawn by Howard Chaykin and inked by Tom Palmer. It features most of the core characters. A more masculine Luke Skywalker appears in the foreground. Only Leia's head and Han Solo's profile are visible behind Luke. Obi-Wan Kenobi is to Luke's right. A green-hued Darth Vader hovers above the outline of the Death Star behind the group. Noticeably absent from the cover are Chewie (Chewbacca), See-Threepio (C3P0) and Artoo-Detoo (R2D2) as their names are spelled in the comic. Roy Thomas wrote and edited Star Wars #1. Chaykin and Palmer also penciled and inked the interiors, and Marie Severin was the colorist. The collectability of all Marvel-published Star Wars issues is at a fever pitch with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film is closer in tone to the original 1977-1983 trilogy than the 1999-2005 prequel trilogy, which means the original Marvel comic series will be in greater demand.

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