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.