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Star Wars:

Marvel Series (1977-1987)

Marvel Comics acquired the licensing rights to produce comics based on the 1977 movie Star Wars, and the company produced a six-issue adaptation of the film. It proved remarkably successful, and Marvel continued the series, which continued to sell well.

Marvel’s stories were hamstrung by limits placed on them, as part of the terms of the license. Because the company couldn’t develop the series’s main characters, in ways that might contradict future films, new Jedi characters were introduced. When the entire Star Wars franchise was still a single film, there wasn’t much to base the comic on, and its tone sometimes feels at odds with what the Star Wars franchise became. But the appetite for Star Wars material was very strong, and the comic continued to thrive. In 1979, the series got its first annual.

When The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, the comic adapted it over six issues (#39-44), just as it had the first film. New stories were now hamstrung by the absence of Han Solo, who had been frozen in Empire and wouldn’t be revived until the next film. Characters were theoretically searching for Han Solo, and thus sometimes spurred new adventures, during which the need to find Han would often be forgotten. The comic continued to sell, and two additional annuals were produced (in 1982 and 1983).

By the time Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, mini-series were a lot more common in comics, and Marvel elected to adapt the film as a four-issue mini-series, rather than in the main title. Beginning with issue #81, the main title began telling stories set after this new film. With the Empire defeated, the comic now had to establish new threats.

In 1985, the Star Wars franchise expanded into animation with two animated TV series: Droids, starring C-3PO and R2-D2, set before the first film; and Ewoks, set between the first and second films and starring the popular and cute diminutive aliens from the third film. Ewoks had the advantage, especially since the Ewoks were also the subject of two live-action TV movies (1984 and 1985). In 1985, Marvel’s child-focused Star Comics imprint launched a bimonthly Ewoks series, alongside the monthly Star Wars. Sales on the main title had slid, however, and it shifted to bimonthly after #103 (Jan 1986). Star Comics added a bimonthly Droids comic (#1, Apr 1986). For a brief time, Marvel was thus publishing three Star Wars comics — although all were bimonthly.

Despite this expansion, the end was near. The Droids cartoon show was cancelled, after one season, shortly after the comic’s launch. The Ewoks cartoon lasted only one more season; it was cancelled in 1987. All three Star Wars comics were cancelled within a 12-month period in 1986-1987. The bimonthly comic Star Wars was cancelled with #107 (Sept 1986). Droids and Ewoks lasted slightly longer, ending with #8 (June 1987) and #14 (July 1987), respectively.

Some consider Marvel’s Ewoks and Droids separate from its more adult Star Wars comic, and it’s true that they had different styles and were set in different eras. But this reflected the source material and the Star Wars franchise itself at the time. Moreover, publication of the three different series overlapped, and they were all part of the Marvel era of Star Wars comics.

After these cancellations, Marvel announced that it would launch a new Star Wars comic by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy. But the company lost the license to Dark Horse Comics, which would publish the announced story as Star Wars: Dark Empire. Dark Horse would continue to publish Star Wars comics for over two decades, expanding to a number of offerings that dwarfed Marvel’s output — although never with the same level of sales as the early years of Marvel’s Star Wars.

Marvel U.K. Material

During this period, Marvel reprinted certain titles through its Marvel U.K. division. Because U.K. comics were traditionally weeklies, U.S. stories would be cut up for reprinting. However, even this wasn’t enough to fill a weekly, and new stories were commissioned to fill the gaps. This was the case with Star Wars too.

Star Wars (U.K.), a.k.a. Star Wars Weekly, reprinted and concluded (in issues #47-50 and #57-60) two stories begun in Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz magazine — which had begun the tales during the very first post-movie issues of the U.S. Star Wars, making these tales among the first new stories produced for comics.

Between reprinting U.S. #37 and #38, Star Wars (U.K.) serialized six new stories (in issues #94-96, 97-99, 104-106, 107-109, 110-112, and 113-115). The first of these took place shortly before the first movie, and the second took place immediately after it. The fourth, fifth, and sixth stories, written by Chris Claremont, continued into one another to tell one larger story. Star Wars (U.K.) also reprinted Star Wars Annual #1 during this time.

With issue #118, as Star Wars (U.K.) began reprinting the issues adapting The Empire Strikes Back, the series changed its title to The Empire Strikes Back (U.K.) — presumably to take full advantage of publicity surrounding the film. After concluding the adaptation, the series began reprinting U.S. issues in an erratic order, skipping U.S. #50 and reprinting U.S. #16, which had already been reprinted. With #140, the series shifted to monthly, allowing it to reprint entire U.S. issues in a single U.K. issue. With issue #152, reprinting U.S. #55, the erratic order of the reprints stopped.

Despite being monthly like the U.S. series, no less than eight new stories appeared in this period (#149, 151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, and 159), including several written by Alan Moore. However, these were not as long as the earlier original stories, which had multiple chapters. These were the last original U.K. stories.

With #159, the final issue to have an original story, the title reverted to Star Wars (U.K.), although it remained monthly. It reprinted U.S. issues in sequence (from U.S. #60-71). Issue #171 was the final issue of the U.K. series. When Return of the Jedi was released, instead of simply changing the title again, the series was relaunched as Return of the Jedi (U.K.), now a weekly once again, again splitting each U.S. issue across multiple U.K. issues. It began by reprinting the Return of the Jedi adaptation, then reprinted the first eight U.S. issues, then mixed reprints of previously-unreprinted U.S. issues with reprints of reprints, rather than creating new material. (Thus, U.S. #50, which had been skipped earlier, finally got reprinted.)

Marvel U.K. also published several annuals and specials, although they contained only reprints. The one exception seems to be the 1988 Ewoks Annual, which combined reprints with a few new text stories.

Note: The U.K. series is only included below through The Empire Strikes Back (U.K.) #135. Annuals and specials are not included.

Blackthorn Publishing

In the mid-1980s, Blackthorn Publishing offered 3D comics featuring several licensed properties. Three issues of Star Wars 3-D were produced in 1987 and 1988.

Note: Star Wars 3-D has not been included below.

Before A New Hope

Droids comic #1

first issue; published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Apr 1986

Droids comic #2
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated June 1986
Droids comic #3
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Aug 1986
Droids comic #4
first issue published after the cancellation of Star Wars Vol. 1; published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Oct 1986
Droids comic #5
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Dec 1986
Star Wars U.K. #94

“Way of the Wookiee”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Pablo Marcus
  • takes place before A New Hope (and was intended to reveal how Han Solo got into debt with Jabba the Hutt)

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #95

“Chewbacca Fights Alone”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Pablo Marcus
  • continued from Star Wars (U.K.) #94

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #96

“Switch”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Pablo Marcus
  • continued from Star Wars (U.K.) #94

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.

A New Hope

Star Wars Vol. 1 #1

first issue; published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1977

Star Wars U.K. #1

first issue; reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.

Star Wars U.K. #2
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #2
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1977
Star Wars U.K. #3
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #2; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #4
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #2; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #3
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1977
Star Wars U.K. #5
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #3; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #6
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #3; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #4
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1977
Star Wars U.K. #7
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #4; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #8
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #4; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #5
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1977
Star Wars U.K. #9
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #5; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #10
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #5; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #6
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1977
Star Wars U.K. #11
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #6; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #12
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #6; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Droids comic #6

“Star Wars According to the Droids, Book I”

published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Feb 1987
Droids comic #7

“Star Wars According to the Droids, Book II”

published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Apr 1987
Droids comic #8

“Star Wars According to the Droids, Book III”

final issue; published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated June 1987

Inter-Film Era 1

Star Wars U.K. #97

“The Day After the Death Star!”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues directly from A New Hope

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #98

“Space Duel!”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #97

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #99

“Empire Kills”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #98

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #47
first part (of four) reprinting a story from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #1-9; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #48
second part (of four) reprinting a story from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #1-9; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #49
third part (of four) reprinting a story from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #1-9; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #50
fourth part (of four) reprinting a story from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #1-9; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 2 #0
reprints “The Keeper’s World” (serialized in Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #1-9 and reprinted in Star Wars (U.K.) #47-50); published by Dark Horse Comics
Star Wars U.K. #57
reprints “Kingdom of Ice!” chapters from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #10-12; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #58
reprints “Kingdom of Ice!” chapters from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #13-14; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #59
reprints “Kingdom of Ice!” chapters from Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz #15-16; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #60
new chapters conclude “Kingdom of Ice!” (following the cancellation of Marvel U.K.’s Pizzazz with #16); published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #7
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1978
Star Wars U.K. #13
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #7; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #14
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #7; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #8
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1978
Star Wars U.K. #15
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #8; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #16
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #8; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #9
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1978
Star Wars U.K. #17
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #9; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #18
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #9; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #10
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1978
Star Wars U.K. #19
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #10; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #20
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #10; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #11
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1978
Star Wars U.K. #21
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #11; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #22
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #11; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #12
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1978
Star Wars U.K. #23
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #12; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #24
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #12; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #13
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1978
Star Wars U.K. #25
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #13; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #26
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #13; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #14
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1978
Star Wars U.K. #27
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #14; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #28
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #14; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #15
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1978
Star Wars U.K. #29
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #15; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #30
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #15; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #24
framing story takes place after Star Wars Vol. 1 #15 (according to an editorial note); most of the story is a flashback to before A New Hope; published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1979
Star Wars U.K. #43
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #24; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #44
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #24; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #16
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1978
Star Wars U.K. #31
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #16; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #32
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #16; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #17
Luke recalls an adventure before A New Hope; published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1978
Star Wars U.K. #33
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #17; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #34
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #17; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #18
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1978
Star Wars U.K. #35
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #18; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #36
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #18; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #19
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1979
Star Wars U.K. #37
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #19; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #38
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #19; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #20
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1979
Star Wars U.K. #39
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #20; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #40
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #20; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #21
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1979
Star Wars U.K. #41
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #21; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #42
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #21; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #22
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1979
Star Wars U.K. #45
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #22; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #46
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #22; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #23
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1979
Star Wars U.K. #51
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #23; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #52
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #23; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #25
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1979
Star Wars U.K. #53
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #25; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #54
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #25; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #26
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1979
Star Wars U.K. #55
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #26; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #56
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #26; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #27
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1979
Star Wars U.K. #61
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #27; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #62
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #27; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #63
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #27; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #28
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1979
Star Wars U.K. #64
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #28; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #65
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #28; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #66
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #28; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #29
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1979
Star Wars U.K. #67
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #29; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #68
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #29; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #69
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #29; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #30
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1979
Star Wars U.K. #70
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #30; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #71
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #30; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #72
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #30; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #31
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1980
Star Wars U.K. #73
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #31; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #74
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #31; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #75
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #31; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #32
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1980
Star Wars U.K. #76
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #32; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #77
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #32; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #78
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #32; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Annual #1

“The Long Hunt” / “A Duel of Eagles”

  • written by Chris Claremont

first issue; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated 1979

Star Wars U.K. #100
reprints the first fourth of Star Wars Annual #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #101
reprints the second fourth of Star Wars Annual #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #102
reprints the third fourth of Star Wars Annual #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #103
reprints the fourth fourth of Star Wars Annual #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #33
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1980
Star Wars U.K. #79
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #33; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #80
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #33; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #81
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #33; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #34
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1980
Star Wars U.K. #82
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #34; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #83
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #34; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #84
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #34; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #35
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1980
Star Wars U.K. #85
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #35; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #86
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #35; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #87
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #35; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #36
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1980
Star Wars U.K. #88
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #36; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #89
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #36; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #90
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #36; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #37
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1980
Star Wars U.K. #91
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #37; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #92
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #37; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #93
reprints the third third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #37; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #104

“The Weapons Master!”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Steve Mitchell
  • Princess Leia recalls her time as a senator

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #105

“Day of the Assassins”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Steve Mitchell
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #104

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #106

“My Enemies Surround Me”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Steve Mitchell
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #105

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #107

“World of Fire”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #108

“Star Terror”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #107

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #109

“Molten Doom”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #108

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #110

“The Word for World is Death”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #109

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #111

“Unholy Alliance”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #110

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #112

“A Creature in the Stars”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #111

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #113

“The Guardian of Forever”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #112

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #114

“Betrayal”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #113

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #115

“The Monster’s Secret”

  • written by Chris Claremont; pencils by Carmine Infantino; inks by Gene Day
  • continues from Star Wars (U.K.) #114

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #38

“Riders in the Void”

  • does not set up The Empire Strikes Back in any substantial way

published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1980
Star Wars U.K. #116
reprints the first half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #38; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars U.K. #117
reprints the second half of Star Wars Vol. 1 #38; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.

The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Vol. 1 #39
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1980
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #118
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #39; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #119
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #39; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #120
reprints the final third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #39; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #40
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1980
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #121
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #40; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #122
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #40; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #123
reprints the final third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #40; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #41
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1980
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #124
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #41; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #125
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #41; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #126
reprints the final third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #41; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #42
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1980
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #127
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #42; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #128
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #42; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #129
reprints the final third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #42; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #43
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1981
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #130
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #43; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #131
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #43; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #132
reprints the final third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #43; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Star Wars Vol. 1 #44
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1981
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #133
reprints the first third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #44; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #134
reprints the second third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #44; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
The Empire Strikes Back U.K. #135
reprints the final third of Star Wars Vol. 1 #44; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.

Inter-Film Era 2

Star Wars Vol. 1 #45

“Death Probe”

  • written by Archie Goodwin
  • takes place immediately following The Empire Strikes Back

published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #46
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #47
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #48
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #49
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #50
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #51
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #52
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #53
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #54
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1981
Star Wars Vol. 1 #55
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #56
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #57
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #58
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #59
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #60
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #61
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #62
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #63
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #64
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #65
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1982
Star Wars Annual #2

“Shadeshine!”

  • written by David Michelinie

published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #66
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1982
Star Wars Vol. 1 #67
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #68
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #69
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #70
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #71
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #72
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #73
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #74
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #75
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #76
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #77
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1983
Star Wars Annual #3

“The Apprentice”

final issue; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated 1983

Star Wars Vol. 1 #78
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1983
Star Wars Vol. 1 #79

“The Big Con”

  • Han Solo’s true whereabouts (Jabba’s headquarters) are finally discovered

published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #80

“Ellie”

  • completes the Tay Vanis arc that began in Star Wars Vol. 1 #73

published by Marvel Comics; $0.60; cover-dated Feb 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #86
takes place before Return of the Jedi (per editorial note); features Lando Calrissian with Luke and Chewbacca (placing this after Star Wars Vol. 1 #83); published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1984

Ewoks

Ewoks #1

“The Rainbow Bridge”

first issue; published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated May 1985

Ewoks #2

“Rites of Power”

published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated July 1985
Ewoks #3
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Sept 1985
Ewoks #4
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Nov 1985
Ewoks #5
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Jan 1986
Ewoks #6
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Mar 1986
Ewoks #7
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated May 1986
Ewoks #8
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated July 1986
Ewoks #9
published the same month as the final issue of Star Wars Vol. 1; published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Sept 1986
Ewoks #10
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Nov 1986
Ewoks #11
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Jan 1987
Ewoks #12
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated Mar 1987
Ewoks #13
published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated May 1987
Ewoks #14

“King for a Day”

final issue; published by Marvel Comics / Star Comics; cover-dated July 1987

Ewoks Annual

“The Underwater Kingdom”

  • reprinted from Ewoks #9

“Chief Chirpa Kidnapped!”

  • prose story

“Return of the Great One!”

  • prose story

“Rites of Power”

  • reprinted from Ewoks #2

“The Ice Princess!”

  • prose story

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; hardcover; cover-dated 1988

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi #1

“In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt!”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; art by Carlos Garzon and Al Williamson

first issue; published by Marvel Comics; $0.60; cover-dated Oct 1983

Return of the Jedi #2

“The Emperor Commands!”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; art by Carlos Garzon and Al Williamson

published by Marvel Comics; $0.60; cover-dated Nov 1983
Return of the Jedi #3

“The Mission to Endor”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; art by Carlos Garzon and Al Williamson

published by Marvel Comics; $0.60; cover-dated Dec 1983
Return of the Jedi #4

“The Final Duel!”

  • written by Archie Goodwin; art by Carlos Garzon and Al Williamson

final issue; published by Marvel Comics; $0.60; cover-dated Jan 1984

After Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Vol. 1 #81
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #82
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #83
a Lando Calrissian solo story; difficult to date (Lando says he came from Arbra, suggesting this occurs before Return of the Jedi, because the Rebels had a base on Arbra before going to Endor, but a reference is made to the Empire’s defeat, so this must occur after Return of the Jedi, and there’s no editorial note otherwise); published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #84
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #85
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #87
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #88
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #89
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #90
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1984
Star Wars Vol. 1 #91
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #92
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Feb 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #93
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #94
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Apr 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #95
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #96
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated June 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #97
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #98
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Aug 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #99
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #100
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Oct 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #101
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Nov 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #102
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Dec 1985
Star Wars Vol. 1 #103
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Jan 1986
Star Wars Vol. 1 #104
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Mar 1986
Star Wars Vol. 1 #105
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated May 1986
Star Wars Vol. 1 #106
published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated July 1986
Star Wars Vol. 1 #107

“All Together Now”

final issue; published by Marvel Comics; cover-dated Sept 1986


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