Tuesday, 7 July 2015

1977: STAR WARS: THE MARVEL COMICS ILLUSTRATED PAPERBACK (Dell Ray)


From November 1977: The US paperback reprint of Marvel's STAR WARS movie adaptation.  

Once Marvel realized they had a sell-out hit on their hands (surprise!), they scrambled to get the six-issue adaptation back into print in as many formats as possible.  The early issues of the regular comic (which Marvel snagged royalty-free, because Lucas and Fox were desperate for the exposure) went back to press for a rare second printing and, in addition to this paperback, Marvel also supersized with two (and latterly a third) treasury editions.  

Unlike some of Marvel's other comics-to-paperback transfers, this one has black and white interiors.  The paperback editions of the sequels were upgraded to colour. 

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