- Series: Classic Star Wars
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; Gph edition (May 27, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156971178X
- ISBN-13: 978-1569711781
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures Paperback – May 27, 1997
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Yes, I can't argue that the Al Williamson/Archie Goodwin run on the strip was more in line with the overall thrust of the LFL expansion of their Star Wars property. However, there is a charm and an excitement in the Manning strips that is not present in the slicker, longer storylines that followed.
The tale of Leia and Luke struggling to convince a planet that specialized in the manufacture of starfighter weapons components and the ultimate space battle against Darth Vader and a Star Destroyer, not to mention the mysterious Blackhole who had been charged by Vader to hunt down the Rebels, were among the elements that made up my first long-form writing efforts, fan fiction. I can trace a line directly back to those efforts and that strip and my current career as a writer. Boba Fett's appearance in the final section of the book--created by Alfredo Alcala and another artist after Manning left the strip for health reasons--also sparked my imagination and inspired a love for the character that exists to this day. Boba Fett's appearance here remains my favorite in the Expanded Universe.
I recommend others take a look at these classics. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired as I was.
There are several stories included in this paperback. The first is "Gambler's World", and follows Luke, Leia, and the droids as they attempt to make contact with a rebel spy. They are pursued by a mysterious figure called Blackhole, who is working on behalf of Darth Vader. They are forced to work alongside a young street gang called the Freelies in order to escape from Blackhole and his special cadre stormtroopers in black armor.
"Tatooine Sojourn" is a short story that involved Luke returning to Tatooine to investigate some Imperial activity there. "Princess Leia, Imperial Servant" follows Leia on a mission to start an uprising on an Imperial mining colony. There she discovers the widow of Grand Moff Tarkin, and is forced to escape from her.
"The Second Kessel Run" tells the story of Han and Chewbacca who accidentally pick up a stowaway that is hiding from the Empire. The stowaway's father is being forced by the Empire to use his invention that controls the weather as a weapon. Han, Chewbacca, and Luke work together again to rescue the father and save the planets affected by his device.Read more ›
This is a masterful reproduction of newspaper comic strips that ran in the late 1970's. The strips were made into 9 comics and then into this TPB. The art style is therefore that of a newspaper comic strip rating 2 stars. But dark horse has done great job of inking on high quality paper. My copy has no washed out pages typical of newspaper strips and the binding is excellent.
Star Wars blasted into our consciousness before we knew there would be a trilogy. These comic strips were all we had to fill the thirst for more more more. Of course I did not know about the Brian Daley novels that had been written in 1979 and 1980.
While it is true that the Williamson-Goodwin TPB is a better version, this is a fun reprise from the past. I'm the kind of guy who bought the old flash Gordon serial because I wanted to see it all run together as if it were a movie. Reading a comic strip all put together is fun also.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was less than thrilled by this book. Being a fan of the first volumes of this series, with the amazing artwork of Al Williamson, this installment was quite a let down. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Christopher Jensen
This comic turn the Special Operations (Blackhole troopers) into one of the oldest Expanded Universe characters. Read morePublished on June 27, 2008 by Luis Carazo Fernandez