In American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s, contributor Dave Dykema notes that, in 1976, when Marvel Comics agreed to publish a comic book adaptation of the upcoming Star Wars movie, filmmaker George Lucas made two requests: “First, in order to maximize publicity, Marvel’s first two Star Wars issues had to be on the newsstands before the film came out. Second, Lucas wanted artist Howard Chaykin to draw the comic. Lucas liked Chaykin’s work on a 1973-74 three-issue run of DC’s Weird Worlds (#8-#10) starring science-fiction swashbuckler Ironwolf.”
Curious about the comic that inspired Lucas to request Chaykin for the Star Wars adaptation, Nothing But Comics takes a look at the Ironwolf strip presented in DC Comics’ Weird Worlds #8-#10.
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A variety of sources – Flash Gordon movie serials, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and mythological hero narratives, among others – influenced the creation of the Star Wars franchise. But some argue that an uncredited influence on Star Wars is the French science fiction comics series Valerian and Laureline. Created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières in 1967, Valerian and Laureline depicts designs and adventures that are similar to some elements in the Star Wars films.
Continue reading Was STAR WARS influenced by a French science fiction comic?
Of the stories I know thus far, this next chapter brings me into what may be my favorite era in the Star Wars timeline. Last week I talked about the Dawn of the Jedi, an era set less in absolutes and more between the shades of gray. Had Dark Horse not lost the rights to Star Wars and Disney not discontinued the “Legends” line (the name given to every story other than the six films, The Clone Wars movie and animated series, Disney’s Rebels, and all the books published before the release of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn) I’m sure there would have been more novels and comics set during the period. With more material, I could easily see that becoming another favorite of mine. Alas, that age has drawn to a close, and we are entering the Old Republic Era, beginning 5000 years Before the Battle of Yavin (BBY).
The comics’ timeline gives Tales of the Jedi as beginning in 5000 BBY, and the book timeline gives John Jackson Miller’s Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories as taking place that same year (well, the first part of the novel–it makes several time jumps).
As I stated last week, if a novel and a comic take place in the same year, I will read the novel first, so I started with Lost Tribe and found that it opens a little after the first volume of Tales of the Jedi. By the time the book begins, Naga Sadow had already come to power, and the comics shows his rise to Dark Lord of the Sith.
Continue reading Discovering the History of the Star Wars EU: Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
As has been overstated to the point of nausea, I’m a Star Wars fan. From the moment I first watched The Return of the Jedi, I was hooked. [It took a few years and much maturing to finally realize that it was actually The Empire Strikes Back that had the most significant impact on me.] I remember perusing through my grade school library in Wheatland, Wisconsin and finding a copy of Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers. It wouldn’t be until many years later–around the time of my Junior year in high school–that I’d read the novel, but finding the book sitting in the small alcove was my first hint of the world beyond George Lucas’ movie franchise. Continue reading Discovering the History of the Star Wars EU: Dawn of the Jedi