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Cover Date: 2006
Cover Price: Free
Issue Tagline: None.
Format: Color; Trade Paperback; 136 pages
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The Empire Strikes Back
Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1994) TPB
Repackaging the original trilogy—again
This trade was included free-of-charge with Wal Mart Exclusive DVD of the Original and Special Editions of Episode V.
Like the DVD it came with, it was a combination of elements from the various early Marvel film adaptations and its later Dark Horse counterpart. It was, however, a faithful reprinting of none of these.
The packaging for the DVD box set was thus inevitably . . . deceptive. It pictured an exact duplication of the cover to the Marvel Comics Illustrated paperback 02114 as the included reprint comic. In fact, though, the book was a virtual reprint of the special edition trade resulting from Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1994)—but with altered covers. This is especially disappointing as the Marvel Comics Illustrated version from 1980 included the first comic appearance of Yoda, in which he had a very different design than what he would get just a few months later in the pages of Star Wars (1977). For Star Wars comic enthusiasts, the use of the MCI cover is undoubtedly the most egregious "sin" of the Wal-Mart Exclusive line of reprints.
It is thus a slightly unique book, which may, therefore, one day fetch a different price than other versions of the Dark Horse re-workings of the original Marvel material.
The front cover is, minus the original text, from Bob Larkin's Marvel Comics Illustrated 02114, while the back is an adaptation of Al Williamson's cover to Star Wars (1977) #39. In this way, the book pays homage to two of the works with a claim to the title of "first adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back".
Adair was the editor of the collected edition; Cooper and Martin were the series editors from Dark Horse's Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Unusually, the true original Marvel editors (Jo Duffy and Archie Goodwin) receive no credit anywhere in this edition. This is all the more odd, given that Dark Horse's original Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back #1 and #2—from which this issue receives the bulk of its source material—did, in fact, credit the original Marvel editors.
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On the Star Wars reprint trail
In an effort to most accurately represent the multitude Star Wars original trilogy reprints, we've taken pains in this database to link only the closest two editions to each other. Thus, though this issue cites Star Wars (1977) and Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1994) as the titles from which this issue is taken, we list only the most similar issue from the 1994 title as the reprint source for this issue. It's worth pointing out, too, that the book is actually in error when it states that the work originally comes from Star Wars (1977), because the Marvel Comics Illustrated version predated the Star Wars (1977) adaptation by several months.
To follow the historical trail of the material in this book, click on the "collects/reprints" link, above, and continue clicking on each new set of "collects/reprints" links with which you are presented. At each stage, you will be given the thing that particular issue most closely reprints.
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