A Galaxy Far, Far Away:

Exploring Star Wars Comics

After Star Wars hit theaters in 1977, the moviegoing experience was forever changed. Science fiction and fantasy entered the mainstream, and special effects and viewer expectations were elevated to new heights. A marketing and merchandising empire was unleashed of unprecedented proportions, giving rise to the so-called Expanded Universe of tales — chief among them comic books and strips — that took the Star Warriors beyond the silver screen onto the printed page.

Marvel Comics published the first line of Star Wars comic books, featuring stories set after the original film. Since then, more than a thousand comics have been produced from a variety of publishers, including Marvel Comics, Blackthorne Publishing, the L.A. Times Syndicate, Dark Horse Comics, Scholastic, Tokyopop, and more. The comics have spanned the history of the franchise, from millennia before Anakin Skywalker’s birth to beyond Luke Skywalker’s death, and have focused on every aspect of the Star Wars universe: Jedi, Sith, clones, politics, droids, the underworld, romance, and even the much-maligned Ewoks.

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics, editors Joseph F. Berenato and Rich Handley pick up where their previous volume, A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, left off. This anthology features insightful, analytical essays examining the Star Wars comics, contributed by popular comic historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts — plus, a foreword by fan-favorite Star Wars comics writer John Ostrander. From Jaxxon to Cody Sunn-Childe, from Ulic Qel-Droma to Lady Lumiya, find out how comics helped to keep the Star Wars universe alive, and why you’re missing out if you’re not reading them.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Rich Handley is the editor and cofounder of Hasslein Books and the managing editor of RFID Journal. He has written or co-written five books to date (Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon, and The Back to the Future Chronology), and is currently working on Apes-related projects for BOOM! Studios and Titan Books. Rich has contributed numerous works to the licensed Star Wars franchise, and is co-editing a trio of Star Wars essay books for Sequart with Joe Berenato. He has penned essays for IDW's Star Trek newspaper strip reprint books, Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, and ATB Publishing's impending Star Trek anthology, Outside In: TOS 110. In addition, he has written for or edited numerous other publications, including Star Trek Communicator, Star Trek Magazine, Simian Scrolls, Cinefantastique, Sci-Fi Invasion, and Dungeon / Polyhedron.

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Also by Rich Handley:

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

co-editor, contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

contributor

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

By age three, Joseph F. Berenato began a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies, and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, and is currently hard at work authoring or co-authoring two reference guides for Hasslein Books: It's Alive: The Unauthorized Universal Monsters Encyclopedia (with Jim and Becky Beard) and Something Strange: The Complete Unauthorized Ghostbusters Encyclopedia. A graduate student at Rowan University, Joe will earn an M.A. in writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has left, Joe serves as an administrator, art director, and content contributor at AtomicWanderers.com.

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Also by Joseph F. Berenato:

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

co-editor, contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

editor, contributor

Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

contributor