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The original Marvel Star Wars series — Page 14

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Anchorhead said:

I’m in! Interesting, Thanks again.

Interesting that they knew what the saber hilts looked like at that point, but not Han’s blaster.

And I don’t think the foils could ever close on that X-Wing! 😛

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Weird that they sort of knew what Vader looked like. I’ve seen this cover a ton of times, just never gave too much thought to how they had obviously seen some of what was coming. They must not have known or seen how big a part of the film the droids were. No Chewie either.

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What’s an original of this go for these days? I see prices all over the map

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I think it depends on condition and whether it’s the 35 cent edition? I should have my comics appraised someday! 😃

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Anchorhead said:

Weird that they sort of knew what Vader looked like. I’ve seen this cover a ton of times, just never gave too much thought to how they had obviously seen some of what was coming. They must not have known or seen how big a part of the film the droids were. No Chewie either.

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What’s an original of this go for these days? I see prices all over the map

Most shops I’ve seen having it going for somewhere between $150-$400.

Sometimes you get lucky though on eBay and pick up one for $25 (or at least that’s what I did, somehow).

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Man, that’s a wide swing. Obviously the cost swings because some are mint and some are well-read. What is the significance of the 35 cent version?

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Anchorhead said:

Man, that’s a wide swing. Obviously the cost swings because some are mint and some are well-read. What is the significance of the 35 cent version?

Well I’m no expert but I’ve been getting more into buying comics recently and I’d say that it’s the quality is a big factor yes, but often it kinda just comes down to how certain places/people price them. A site like mycomicshop will give you a decent overview of how much the price shifts in regards to graded quality (https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=178101) but even there you’ll see it’s not perfectly standardized. From my experience with in person shops, some just tend to be more expensive than others in general. For instance, I wouldn’t say the one I saw that was going for $150 was in significantly that much worse shape to be so much less than the one that was $400. And the one that I got on auction for cheap is pretty fine (which is just luck). So I’d just say it’s pretty random in general.

The 35c if I’m not mistaken is a rarer book and therefore much more valuable simply because they didn’t print as many of them (the normal price was 30c, and they were just testing out the 35c price).

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I love the inaccurate cover blurbs/scenarios on those adaptation issues - ‘Luke Skywalker - will he save the galaxy or destroy it?’! What? The second one has Luke and Ben in an all-out barroom brawl, the fourth has the bizarre “here I stand though I may die!” from Luke, the fifth has the Death Star laying waste the rebel base from above, and of course Luke duels Vader on the cover of issue six. I’m not being sarcastic - I do love these covers!

I think I said this earlier in the thread but I thought the Marvel SW comics looked positively awful when I first beheld them as a kid. After a few short months of discovering/reading Spider-Man and the like, I suddenly decided that burly-chested Thor-Luke and an equally buff Chewbacca were the greatest! Ah, truly wonderful the mind of a child is…

So yeah, I thought Infantino rocked.

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Shopping Maul said:

So yeah, I thought Infantino rocked.


I’ve been in Oslo the last few days to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, and I managed to find a copy of the Norwegian album-version of “The Wheel” story arc in great condition. I already own one, but that version is practically falling apart at the seams and is covered in thirty year old yellow tape. I was lucky to get this version for a decent price as well. A lot of people online assume its much rarer than it actually is and charge ludicrous amounts for it.

As you can see they’ve re-drawn (or rather “re-painted”) the cover to SW #18.

“Ruletten” is Norwegian for “The Roulette”, which is what they called The Wheel. I actually really like the Norwegian translation in this case; it makes sense as the name for a circular-shaped gambling establishment.

Since SW #16 “The Hunter”, as well as the whole Eight for Aduba story arc, was never published in Scandinavia they cut Vader’s introduction on Telos IV, and the page above was his first post ANH appearance that we got over here.

In addition to cutting out a whole scene, I’m sure they did a lot of panel editing as well, just like they did with the 5th album, but I haven’t had the time to compare every page and panel to the original American version. I have noticed (just from memory) that a few splash pages have been reduced to smaller panels, or simply cut out entirely (as some are quite superfluous and repeat what was seen in the previous issue), but I’m sure there’s more tampering with the art than just that. Funnily enough though, they didn’t cut any of the “recap” moments. It makes sense for the characters to summarize the events of the previous issues in the serialized version, but in the Norwegian album-version they’re literally just repeating what you just read some pages earlier.

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How did I not notice Vader pulling a Fonzie in that image before now?

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SilverWook said:

How did I not notice Vader pulling a Fonzie in that image before now?

Well, actually he didn’t, but I wanted a thumbs-up image from the original SW comics and the cover for issue #35 was the easiest to Photoshop. I considered removing Luke as well, but that would have taken much more time.

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I haven’t been able to get hold of a copy yet, but from what I’ve read and seen online it’s a collection of short stories.

Here’s the first five pages of chapter 1; The Legend of Valance the Hunter.

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The Jax is back, baby! 😃

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