Marvel Comics is getting back into Star Wars in a big, classic Mighty Marvel Manner.
Marvel, the once and future publisher of Star Wars-related comic books, thanks to Marvel’s and Lucasfilm’s respective acquisitions by Disney, announced that it will be republishing its original 1977 Star Wars comics in the form of a Death Star-sized omnibus. The book, Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years, will include Star Wars #1-#44 and Annual #1.
Goodies in this volume therefore include the epic and underhyped ‘Seven Samurai’ tribute, in which analogs for Bugs Bunny, Don Quixote and Godzilla team up with Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a proto-Luke Skywalker to fight comics creator Sergio Aragones. Seriously. We published a story on it a few months ago. Less weird but equally cool, you’ll find creators such as Roy Thomas (legendary Marvel & DC creator on titles including All-Star Squadron and The Avengers), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!, Black Kiss), Archie Goodwin (beloved editor of Marvel’s Epic creator-owned line), Jo Duffy (Power Man & Iron Fist), and Chris Claremont (the man most responsible for the enduring popularity of the X-Men). Artists with work in the book include Chaykin, Carmine Infantino (legend; drew “Flash of Two Worlds,” the progenitor of all future alternate Earth/Crisis comics), Walter Simonson (Thor), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam; zillions of covers), Al Williamson (Hall of Famer) and Mike Vosburg (G.I. Joe).
This book’s publication heralds the franchise’s official return to Marvel, or as Marvel’s EIC Axel Alonso put it in the announcement, “With Star Wars poised to return to its comic book home, what better time to revisit the first adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and, of course, Darth Vader?”
The new volume’s cover features art by Chaykin and Greg Hildebrandt.
The book is set for January 2015 – not so long to go, in a comic shop not so far away.
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