New Republic Epic Collection v3 finally arrived today! In it is the joyous news that the Rogue Squadron Handbook is in a future volume so the undersized Dark Horse Omnibus can go! I must check the loft boxes to see if my floppy copy is up there.
I've been looking on ebay but can't find one in the UK and the US ones are silly postage. Today I put Star Wars Handbook in as a search term and discovered, in addition to the Rogue Squadron & Crimson Empire handbooks that I knew about, that there is a Dark Empire Handbook! One for Andu there!
Star Wars Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years. Vol. 3.
My copy just arrived today; I understand the book came out this week. SW 39 - 55 with some additional British material, pin-ups, and such.
This volume includes the early issues of my run on Marvel's Star Wars as penciler with inks by Tom Palmer. They were mostly written by David Michelinie.
Some notes about the original issues. \\
SW 49 was a story called The Last Jedi (no relation) written by Mike Barr. It suffered one of the two worst printing jobs I ever got in comics in the bad old days (the second Chapter of Manhunter was the other). I'm happy to see it reproduced here crisply.
The cover for the volume was Tom Palmer's painting for SW 50. I seem to recall that I did a sketch layout for it but there's no credit to that effect in the issue so I'm relying on memory. However, I am credited in the Table of Contents in the book! So maybe I'm right. The painting itself was stolen before it was returned to Tom so if you see it...
The 50th issue was originally going to be a story by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, the SW team supreme, for the round numbered issue. However, there were deadline issues so the third and final chapter of the story was a many hands affair. I laid out that chapter. Several folks pitched in to help ink/finish the pages but there's no credit in the front to that effect. Tom Palmer, Rick Bryant, and Dave Simons each inked some of the pages. I inked the very last page of the story over my own layouts/pencils.
SW 53 and 54 were derived from an unpublished John Carter of Mars annual by Chris Claremont. Back in the day, Marvel didn't want to waste any unused inventory if they didn't have to. Such repurposing didn't always lead to the best stories but they were sort of fun to do as intellectual puzzles. And I thought the results in this case were pretty good. At any rate, it lead to the only appearance of giant Storm Troopers, one of whom appears on the cover of SW 53. That's because those giant troopers were originally Tharks from Barsoom. And I used one on the cover because it was fun.
Journey to the forest world of Endor for adorable adventures with the Ewoks! Join Wicket Warrick, his friend Teebo, and Chief Chirpa's daughter Princess Kneesaa in colorful capers fi lled with rainbow bridges and rites of power! Who dares brave the Valley of Evil? Where will the Ewoks land when a mission of honor turns into a flight to danger? And what is the incredible secret of the Terrible Machine? There are dangers, discoveries and deadly games in store for the Ewoks - but beware Captain Krag! Fear the perilous laughing spell! And, whatever you do, avoid the Ice Demon's touch of doom! The cuddly stars of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi take center stage in fun-fi lled stories guaranteed to make you sing Yub Nub!
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Vol. 3 was waiting for me when I got home. ESB adaptation (US SW 39-44) plus the 11 issues which follow including the start of the David Michelinie/Walter Simonson run. Also includes Marvel UK stories from Empire Strikes Back Monthly 149, 151, 153-157 & Star Wars Monthly 159, most of which have unfortunately been coloured for a previous collection but one does include a page missed from the original printing!
Fab volume, well worth having along with it's successor due next year
Description: The search for Solo! The loveable rogue, frozen in carbonite, has been taken to Jabba the Hutt - and our favorite rebels want Han back! But as Lando Calrissian returns to fi nd Cloud City a death trap, R2-D2 and C-3PO face a dangerous spacewalk! Elsewhere, Luke Skywalker braves a beast on Bazarre - and joins Chewbacca inside a Mind Spider! Leia undertakes an explosive mission! Shira Brie shares the story of her people! And in the wake of tragedy, Luke becomes a pariah! Screams in the void and threats like the Darker unsettle our heroes - but the hunt for Han soon leads the crew to bounty hunters Dengar, Bossk and IG-88! And the bizarre discovery of a golden statue of their lost friend leads to revelations from Han and Chewie's past!
COLLECTING: STAR WARS (1977) 56-73, STAR WARS ANNUAL (1979) 2
Nearly to ROTJ - which is between 78 & 79. 73 was the backup strip in the first few issues of UK ROTJ. Contains the rest of the Simonson run so a must have!