Sunday, November 14, 2010

Classic Star Wars

Way back in the early eighties (1981 to 1984 in fact) there was a Star Wars comic strip printed in newspapers written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by the very talented Al Williamson. The strip was very well done and many readers took to clipping out the strips each day and pasting them into scrapbooks. Getting a complete run of the strip was a very daunting prospect but for dedicated fans it was the only way. Flash forward to the early nineties and Dark Horse Comics decides to reprint the entire run of strips that Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson did into comic book format and in color to boot. Al not only had kept all the original art from the strip but he was also adamant about doing covers for the series as well as retouching and/or adding new art as needed .  The series, known as Classic Star Wars, ran for twenty issues. After the series was completed Dark Horse then compiled the issues into three trade paperbacks: Classic Star Wars Volume One: In Deadly Pursuit, Classic Star Wars Volume Two: The Rebel Storm and Classic Star Wars Volume Three: Escape to Hoth.

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