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Star Wars 4 is the fourth issue of the Legends comic book series Star Wars. It was written by Roy Thomas, illustrated by Howard Chaykin, and first published on July 12, 1977 by Marvel Comics. The issue features the story "In Battle with Darth Vader," in which Obi-Wan Kenobi confronts his former pupil, Darth Vader.

Publisher's summary[]

Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader! Plus, can Han and Luke rescue Leia?

Plot summary[]

After having some difficulty escaping Imperial stormtroopers aboard the Death Star, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the rescued Princess Leia Organa meet with the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO at Docking Bay 327, which holds the Millennium Falcon. Obi-Wan Kenobi also arrives but is confronted by Darth Vader, and the two engage in a lightsaber duel. Vader strikes Kenobi down in the duel, but in the confusion Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the group make their escape from the Death Star aboard the Falcon.


Star Wars 4 was the first issue of Star Wars to feature fan letters, which were printed in a section called "Star-Words."


"Threepio! Have Artoo open the pressure maintenance hatch on unit 366117891!'"
―Luke Skywalker[src]

In the issue, Garbage Compactor 3263827 is identified as "unit 366117891."



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