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A Death Star Is Born is a 12-page comic featured in Star Wars Tales 4, written by Kevin Rubio. It was collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 1.

Plot summary[edit | edit source]

Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Tol Sivron, and Bevel Lemelisk present their Death Star proposal to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. The perceived flaws of the schematics are humorously discussed, such as that the tractor beams are easy to shut off, owing to the low intellects of the common stormtroopers, and there are no support beams on the bridges because it would be too expensive to add them. The Emperor also notes the exhaust port as being too large at around fifteen meters wide, prompting them to reduce its size to the canonical two meters - the smallest possible safe size - and add multiple turbolasers and ion cannons to the trench to decrease the chance that a pilot could make the necessary shot.

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The title of the sketch is a reference to the movie A Star is Born and/or its remakes in 1954, 1976, and 2018.

The appearance of Bevel Lemelisk is different in this comic than in any other source where he is portrayed. This was an intentional choice on behalf of the comic's creator, although for unknown reasons. One should also note the presence of a particular Mon Calamari.

When the Maw Installation team approach the Imperial Palace on their Lambda-class shuttle, also visible are the original Starship Enterprise, a Bob's Big Boy, BGY-11 "Big Guy" robot, the Millennium Falcon (well, a YT-1300 at any rate), and the "Yellow Submarine".

The Imperial emblems in the Palace are in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears. Also, when Darth Vader gives Tarkin coffee, he offers him a milk carton with a cow pictured on it. The hologram Lemelisk accidentally presents, claiming it belongs to his daughter, features Yogi Bear.

Names offered for the first Death Star include "Planet Killer" (a possible reference to The Doomsday Machine), "Death From Above" (a possible reference to Apocalypse Now or Ivan Drago's nickname in Rocky IV), and Titanic.

Star Wars Tales
Tales 1: Life, Death, and the Living Force · Mara Jade: A Night on the Town · Extinction, Part 1 · Skippy the Jedi Droid
Tales 2: Routine · Extinction, Part 2 · Stop That Jawa! · Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain Tarpals · Deal with a Demon · Lady Luck · Three Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of Doubt · A Death Star Is Born · Spare Parts · Sand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One Below · What They Called Me · A Summer's Dream · Hoth · Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk Street · A Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite! · Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc
Junkheap Hero · The Hidden · Thank the Maker
Tales 7: Single Cell · Nerf Herder · Jedi Chef · Outbid But Never Outgunned · Force Fiction
Tales 8: Captain Threepio · The One That Got Away · The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! · Death Star Pirates · Bad Business
Tales 9: Resurrection · Hate Leads to Lollipops · The Rebel Four
Tales 10: Trooper · Skreej · Nameless · A Wookiee Scorned! · Free Memory
Tales 11: Prey · In the Beginning · The Princess Leia Diaries · Tall Tales · Ghost
A Jedi's Weapon
Tales 12: A Day in the Life · A Jedi's Weapon · The Revenge of Tag & Bink · Once Bitten · The Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle Peace · The Secret of Tet-Ami · Survivors · Stones · The Sith in the Shadow · Children of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse Endor · The Emperor's Court · Urchins · Tides of Terror · The Lesson · Smuggler's Blues · Mythology
Tales 15: Sandstorm · First Impressions · Falling Star · Do or Do Not · Slippery Slope · Lucky Stars
Tales 16: The Other · Best Birthday Ever · The Long, Bad Day · Kessel Run · Lunch Break · Heart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the Dead · All for You · Phantom Menaces · Ghosts of Hoth · The Apprentice · Dark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the Galaxy · Payback · Being Boba Fett · The Way of the Warrior · Revenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New Empires · The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated
Rather Darkness Visible · The Rebel Club · The Lost Lightsaber · Into the Great Unknown · Storyteller
Tales 20: George R. Binks · Who's Your Daddy · Fred Jawa · Luke Skywalker: Detective · Hunger Pains · Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks
Nobody's Perfect · Problem Solvers · Melvin Fett · Young Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter One · Walking the Path That's Given · Equals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor Bound · Nomad Chapter Two · Marooned
Tales 23: Shadows and Light · Nomad Chapter Three · Lucky
Tales 24: Marked · Fett Club · Unseen, Unheard · Nomad Chapter Four
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