This article is about the Star Wars Tales comic story from Dark Horse Comics. You may be looking for the Star Wars Adventures, Volume 4: Smuggler's Blues trade paperback from IDW Publishing.

Smuggler's Blues was a comic appearing in Star Wars Tales 14 and collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 4.

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Set shortly before Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker enter the Mos Eisley cantina.

Han and Chewbacca are sitting at a table in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Han is complaining that business has been slow since he dumped a shipment of Jabba's. Chewbacca tells Han he has some clients who want to hire the duo and so they impatiently interview them all.

The first client is a Snivvian who may or may not be Zutton. The Snivvian wants to transport some "Hutt-Smut" to the Kuluvion System. Han tells the wily Snivvian that he'd rather "be frozen in carbonite and hung up on a wall, than smuggle that trash."

The next candidate is a blue skinned Twi'lek who is hoping that Han has a job opening for her. She offers to be a stewardess and hand out peanuts or clean up the ship, but Han tells her that "we're not that kind of operation, sister--sorry we can't help you." The Twi'lek walks away sadly saying "I guess I'll just have to take that job at Jabba's Palace after all."

Next is a sect of aliens led by Brother Xando. They request passage to the "holy planet" of Norclune. Han tells them that it is "Quite a trip" and "it'll cost ya." But Xando tells him that they have no possessions and that they prayed Han would "bestow the trip as a gift to the living Force." Han tells them (ironically) that "the day I believe in the "force" is the day I join the Rebellion."

Dr. Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba threaten Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Next is Dr. Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba (Hyuck.) The doctor and his comrade demand passage off Tatooine "right away" with a discount as well. Evazan tells Han that "I have the death sentence of twelve systems--One more won't matter!" Chewbacca shows them on their way.

As Dr. Evazan walks off grumbling, Han tells Chewbacca to find someone "worthwhile." By which he means "No Freaks, No Perverts, No charity cases" and that an "old man with connections, or a kid with a speeder he can sell for a one-way ticket outta here" would be ideal.

Han reflects on his "smuggler's blues" by suggesting that "being thrown into a sarlacc pit would be less painful." As he reflects Wuher yells "No Blasters, no Blasters." and Han complains quietly that "Chewbacca will probably bring whoever's causing that trouble over there next."

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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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