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"…Obi-Wan Kenobi--help me! You're my only ho--"
―Leia Organa[src]

Star Wars 1 is the first issue of the Legends comic book series Star Wars. It was written by Roy Thomas, based on a screenplay and story by George Lucas, illustrated by Howard Chaykin, and first published on April 12, 1977. The issue adapts the beginning of the film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which premiered in theaters the following May.

Publisher's summaryEdit

It's the adaptation of A New Hope! Meet Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan and the villianous [sic] Darth Vader!

Plot summaryEdit

Opening crawlEdit

STAR WARS
It is a period of CIVIL WAR in the galaxy.

A brave alliance of UNDERGROUND FREE-
DOM FIGHTERS has challenged the tyranny
and oppression of the awesome GALACTIC
EMPIRE.

To CRUSH the rebellion once and for
all, the EMPIRE is constructing a
sinister new BATTLE STATION.
Powerful enough to destroy an en-
tire planet, its COMPLETION will
spell CERTAIN DOOM for the
champions of freedom.

Striking from a fortress hidden among the billion
stars of the galaxy, REBEL SPACESHIPS have won
their first victory in a battle with the powerful
IMPERIAL STARFLEET. The Empire fears that
ANOTHER defeat could bring a THOUSAND MORE
solar systems into the rebellion, and IMPERIAL
CONTROL over the galaxy would be LOST FOREVER.

A desperate missionEdit

Imperial Forces led by Darth Vader capture Princess Leia Organa's ship, which is on a mission for the Rebel Alliance. Two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, manage to escape from the Rebel ship with data critical to the Princess' cause.

After arriving on the nearby planet Tatooine, the droids are acquired by young moisture farmer Luke Skywalker and his uncle Owen Lars to work at their farm. Luke finds part of an urgent message from Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi in R2's memory. R2 escapes from the farm with the intention of finding Kenobi on his own; Luke, fearing punishment from his uncle for losing the droid, pursues R2 to the Jundland Wastes, only to be attacked by a band of ferocious Sand People.

Other contentEdit

This issue contains one page of text titled Star Wars: The Ultimate Space-Fantasy, describing the background of the film's story and creators. Since there were no fan letters to publish in the first issue, writer Roy Thomas used the letters page, titled Star Warriors, to explain how Marvel Comics came to acquire the rights to the comics adaptation.

The Bullpen Bulletins page, which is used to highlight important events in Marvel Comics that month, mentions the first issue of the Star Wars comics adaptation.

DevelopmentEdit

The original cover price for this issue was 30 cents, but Marvel printed a 35-cent version with a limited distribution of about 1500 copies to six markets within the US. There were also several reprint versions. Reprints are noted by the word REPRINT that runs along the spine of the book inside of the logo box, the phrase "THIS IS A REPRINT OF A PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ISSUE" on the inside indicia, or both.

In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, 2016, Marvel re-released Star Wars 1 as part of its True Believers budget reprint program, which reprints popular comic titles for the suggested retail price of $1.[2]

ContinuityEdit

The story in this issue includes a couple of Tatooine scenes that were cut from A New Hope, including Luke Skywalker witnessing the opening space battle, Luke telling Camie and Fixer (who refer to Luke by his nickname "Wormie") what he saw, and Biggs Darklighter telling Luke of his plan to join the Rebellion.

The cover for this issue was based on Howard Chaykin's original convention poster, which became one of the most valuable posters in the Star Wars collecting world. The artwork includes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo, although they would not appear in the series until issue 2, and X-wing, Y-wing, and TIE fighters, which wouldn't appear in the series until issue 5.

On the cover of both this issue and the following one, the first and last two letters of the Star Wars logo are not attached to each other.

LegacyEdit

The comic includes the first reference to the concept of the Cosmic Force. Darth Vader's iconic line "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force" is modified to specify "the Cosmic Force." Over 35 years later, "Voices," an installment of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, revealed the Cosmic Force's connection to the Living Force.

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Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Books
Canon full adaptations:

Junior novelization · The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy · Golden Book · The Rise of a Hero · The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight · Star Wars in Pictures: The Original Trilogy · The Original Trilogy Stories

Legends full adapatations:
Novel · Junior novelization · Mighty Chronicles · Classic Star Wars · Random House · Shakespeare · Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure · A Storybook · The Star Wars Storybook · Shimmer Book 'Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy · The Power of the Dark Side
Canon Partial adaptations:
Escape from Darth Vader · Trouble on Tatooine · Trapped in the Death Star! · Death Star Battle · The Chewbacca Story · A Leader Named Leia · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back
Legends Partial adaptations:
The Life of Luke Skywalker · Darth Vader's Mission: The Search for the Secret Plans · Death Star Battles · Heroes in Hiding · Journey to Mos Eisley · Join the Rebels · Luke's Fate · R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey · R2-D2 and Friends · Journal: Captive to Evil Journal: The Fight for Justice · Journal: Hero for Hire
Comics
Legends Comics:
Marvel: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Marvel Illustrated Version
Marvel Special Edition Featuring: 1 · 2 · 3
Classic: 1 · 2 · Trade paperback
The Special Edition: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Droids: 6 · 7 · 8
Infinities: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Manga: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Contemporary Motivators · PhotoComic
Canon Comics:
Cinestory · The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
Video games
1987 video game · 1991 video game · Super
Activity books
Ultimate Sticker Book · Activity Book
Book-and-record:
Star Wars · Classic Star Wars · A New Hope · Read-Along Storybook and CD
Behind the scenes
The Annotated Screenplays · The Art of · Behind the Magic · Chronicles · The Making of the Movie
The Making of · The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film · The Star Wars Portfolio
· Empire Building: The Remarkable Real Life Story of Star Wars · Chronicles · Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
Guide and reference books
Galaxy Guide 1 (Second Edition) · Super Official Game Secrets
The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook · Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition
· The Complete Saga · Star Wars in 100 Scenes · Who's Who
The Visual Dictionary (Complete · (Updated Edition)) · Incredible Cross-Sections (Complete · Complete Vehicles)
20th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine · 100 Defining Moments · The Best of · Official Celebration Special
Other material and merchandise
Jedi Pack · Radio drama (NPR Dramatization) · Original Soundtrack Anthology · Soundtrack · LEGO · Toy line
From a Certain Point of View
Trading card game · Illustrated · Customizable Card Game: Premiere Limited · Premiere Two-Player Introductory Set · Premiere Unlimited · Limited · Revised Unlimited · Enhanced Premiere · Special Edition Limited
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