The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! was an 8-page comic featured in Star Wars Tales 8. It was written by Henry Gilroy, with artwork by Dario Brizuela, lettering by Steve Dutro, and coloring by Cara L. Niece.
It was 11 ABY, seven years after the Battle of Endor. At the Palace of the New Republic on Coruscant, a four-year-old Anakin Solo was having trouble sleeping. His mother Leia Organa Solo persuaded Han Solo to talk to Anakin, since he was unwilling to confide in his mother.
When Han entered Anakin's bedroom, Anakin asked him why his uncle Luke Skywalker always wore a glove. Anakin told his dad that he knew that something had happened to Uncle Luke's hand. Han proceeded to tell his son that Luke had fought his father Darth Vader in Cloud City above the planet of Bespin. Luke's hand was cut off during the battle. However, it survived!
Thus begins the story.
- After being cut off by Darth Vader, Luke's hand found itself falling to the bottom of Cloud City. However, it survived by walking on its fingers and managed to make it to a landing platform where Lando Calrissian still kept an old ship of Han's around--the Millennium Fist (an obvious parody of the Millennium Falcon with a pair of green gloves stuck to the front).
- Traveling on the Fist, the hand arrives at Hoth to hook up with the Rebel reserves at the old rendezvous point. However, instead of the reserves, Luke's hand encounters the hand of the wampa that he previously fought on the icy planet. Luke's hand uses the Force to grab a nearby lightsaber and finishes off the wampa's remains. The hand then returns to the Fist and speeds to the secondary rendezvous point—Tatooine.
- Luke's hand goes to the Mos Eisley Cantina (where all the occupants are just hands like him), and encounters and defeats the hand of the Aqualish thug Ponda Baba. Unfortunately, Luke's hand next has to face the hand of Darth Vader. Despite fighting valiantly, Luke's hand loses and is frozen in carbonite.
- Darth Vader's hand then journeys across the galaxy into the heart of the Imperial fleet with Luke's frozen hand. The hand is defrosted and presented to the hand of Darth Vader's master--the "Emperor's foot" (though Emperor Palpatine perished at the second Death Star, his foot survived). The Emperor's foot attempts to turn Luke's hand to the dark side of the Force. However, Luke's hand once again refuses to be turned and the Emperor's foot attacks him with the Force, causing Luke's hand to lose its thumb. Vader's hand turns from the dark side just in time, and with help from Luke's hand, throws the Emperor's foot down a nearby shaft, killing the foot and defeating the dark side!
The story excited Anakin, who said that he wanted to be Luke's hand when he grew up. He asked his dad what happened to Luke's thumb, nearly beginning what could be a recursive series of parodies based around the appendages of major characters, but his dad told him that the story would be continued another night. It was past his bedtime.
Han said goodnight to his son and left the room, only to be faced by his wife asking, "The Emperor's Foot?" Han replied, "What? No harm done."
Back in his room, Anakin was "pitting" his fingers against his toes.
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This story contradicts the Star Wars: Dark Empire comic series as it shows an intact Coruscant and a four-year-old Anakin Solo. In official canon, Anakin was just an infant, and Coruscant had been devastated during the fighting between various Imperial factions in 10 ABY after Thrawn's death the previous year. Nevertheless, the story is referenced in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia which has an entry for the Millennium Fist.
Luke's lightsaber as seen in the comic, is green. The lightsaber Luke lost during the duel was blue.
The Palace of the New Republic appears to be the old Imperial Palace.
Anakin Solo "asked his dad what happened to Luke's thumb, but his dad told him that the story would be continued another night." This is possibly a reference to the Star Wars parody "Thumb Wars".