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Relive The Original Marvel Star Wars
Remastered graphic novel edition takes us back to 1977...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... when you got most of your comics at the local drug store...

Actually, that's EXACTLY how I got Star Wars #1 back in 1977, at a store that disappeared long ago. The cover lured me from across the aisle, with a muscular Luke Skywalker (I didn't know Mark Hamill -- yet) about to "...save the galaxy... or DESTROY IT???"

Good times.

It was also my first introduction to Howard Chaykin, an artist I came to admire who has himself admitted he was a bit rushed on the job.

So yes, it might not have been as clean and shiny an adaptation as would be done today -- the comics industry is very different, and let's face it, so is Star Wars -- but it worked.

Now that Marvel has Star Wars back in its fold, the publisher has turned to its original adaptation (which technically serves as the prequel to their new ongoing series). They're not redoing the pencils and inks -- even if it isn't Chaykin at the top of his game, it's still Chaykin. But they are applying what modern production values they can, including a terrific coloring job that just wasn't possible in 1977.

Which means that this will probably be the third or fourth time I end up buying this same adaptation. (Because I also had the Marvel Super Special that collected the whole thing into one huge floppy edition -- despite calling this a graphic novel now, it wasn't then. It was just comics. Glorious, glorious comics.)

From Marvel:

Next year, the original Marvel Comic adaptations of the iconic Star Wars trilogy return for new, oversized graphic novels with remastered coloring! It all starts this March as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn for the modern age as STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV  A NEW HOPE makes it’s triumphant return to comic shops!

Weeks before George Lucas’ first STAR WARS film hit theatres, Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?”

Over 30 years later, you know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen it before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen! Written by Roy Thomas with art by Howard Chaykin, this iconic story has been remastered for the modern age all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor.

“When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015.

Debuting in an oversized hardcover format with sophisticated packaging and a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov,  relive the original Marvel Comics adventure of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the villainous Darth Vader again – or for the very first time. It’s six against an entire galaxy – one that’s far, far away and a long time ago!

May the Force be with you, and in the mighty Marvel manner this May when the remastered STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV  A NEW HOPE OGN HC comes to comic shops and bookstores in 2015!

For more on Star Wars please visit marvel.com and join in the conversation on Twitter with #StarWars. To experience Star Wars online, visitStarWars.com or follow Star Wars onFacebook,Tumblr,Twitter,Instagram,Google+ orYouTube.

Written by ROY THOMAS
On Sale May 2015!

Derek McCaw

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