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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 summaryEdit

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.


Behind the scenesEdit

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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 ForceMara Jade: A Night on the TownExtinction, Part 1Skippy the Jedi Droid
Tales 2: RoutineExtinction, Part 2Stop That Jawa!Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain TarpalsDeal with a DemonLady LuckThree Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of DoubtA Death Star Is BornSpare PartsSand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One BelowWhat They Called MeA Summer's DreamHothLando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk StreetA Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite!Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the SarlaccJunkheap HeroThe HiddenThank the Maker
Tales 7: Single CellNerf HerderJedi ChefOutbid But Never OutgunnedForce Fiction
Tales 8: Captain ThreepioThe One That Got AwayThe Secret Tales of Luke's Hand!Death Star PiratesBad Business
Tales 9: ResurrectionHate Leads to LollipopsThe Rebel Four
Tales 10: TrooperSkreejNamelessA Wookiee Scorned!Free Memory
Tales 11: PreyIn the BeginningThe Princess Leia DiariesTall TalesGhost
A Jedi's Weapon
Tales 12: A Day in the LifeA Jedi's WeaponThe Revenge of Tag & BinkOnce BittenThe Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle PeaceThe Secret of Tet-AmiSurvivorsStonesThe Sith in the ShadowChildren of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse EndorThe Emperor's CourtUrchinsTides of TerrorThe LessonSmuggler's BluesMythology
Tales 15: SandstormFirst ImpressionsFalling StarDo or Do NotSlippery SlopeLucky Stars
Tales 16: The OtherBest Birthday EverThe Long, Bad DayKessel RunLunch BreakHeart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the DeadAll for YouPhantom MenacesGhosts of HothThe ApprenticeDark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the GalaxyPaybackBeing Boba FettThe Way of the WarriorRevenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New EmpiresThe Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be UnderestimatedRather Darkness VisibleThe Rebel ClubThe Lost LightsaberInto the Great UnknownStoryteller
Tales 20: George R. BinksWho's Your DaddyFred JawaLuke Skywalker: DetectiveHunger PainsFailing Up With Jar Jar BinksNobody's PerfectProblem SolversMelvin FettYoung Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter OneWalking the Path That's GivenEquals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor BoundNomad Chapter TwoMarooned
Tales 23: Shadows and LightNomad Chapter ThreeLucky
Tales 24: MarkedFett ClubUnseen, UnheardNomad Chapter Four
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