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  1. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020
    For my birthday I got the three volumes of the collection of the old Star Wars newspaper comic strips.

    I've never read these and I have thoughts to share, so I had the bright idea to make a thread about it. So...yeah. XD
    (Obviously, spoiler warning for these 40 year old comics, if anyone cares.)

    I read Gambler's World which is the first story in the collection. It's...interesting.
    The story begins with Darth Vader's fleet of Star Destroyers* chasing down a rebel fleet, though Darth Vader is being unusually cautious in doing so. Something about the rebels movement strikes him as odd, no doubt this is due to his experience as a battle commander from back in the Clone Wars.

    Anyways, Vader gets a call and tells a hapless General to take over while he answers said call. It's here that we arrive at the first surprise of this story, and what prompted me to make this thread.

    The person trying to call him is none other than Blackhole! I had no idea that he was from this! I admit, I don't know too much about his character, other than he did some supremely evil stuff in "Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor" so it was really interesting to see him here being a massive drama-queen.

    To give an example of him being a complete petty goof: Vader comes into the room to receive Blackhole's (I'm just gonna call him Blackhole, I know he has other names) hologram** and this is how the scene plays out:
    Darth Vader: ...Well?
    Darth Vader: ...Well?
    Blackhole: *slowly materializes* Hail, Lord Vader!

    This guy.

    So, Blackhole tells him that the Rebels that his fleet is chasing is a decoy to mislead the Empire from their true plan: to go on a massive recruiting spree, starting on the planet Vorzyd 5. First of all, I'm not sure how a rebel fleet is a decoy but whatever. It's fine. The main thing is that Vorzyd 5 (the titular Gambler's World) is basically a proto Canto Bight and a source of the Empire's income. So the rebels (and Blackhole specifically identifies Luke and Leia) disrupting the business down there is bad news bears for the Imperials. Vader tells Blackhole to take care of it and he's like "Yeah, I'll take care of it" as he fades away mid-sentence like a massive prima-donna.

    Cut to Luke, Leia and the droids (Han and Chewie aren't in this story, for some reason. I guess they were busy). They are arriving at Vorzyd 5 and they pass by some giant space beacons leading the way to the planet. They are shaped like clovers and money-signs and whatnot and are really goofy and I love them. So they give some exposition on the planet as they land and we see the Gambler's World in all it's space-age Vegas glory! Also, in the same panel is a guy being mugged. Not the most subtle but I suppose it gets the message across.

    Our heroes arrive at the "biggest, most famous casino" and are told by the doorman that droids are not allowed inside for fear of people using them to cheat. So R2 and 3PO wait outside and I want to take a moment to talk about the doorman cause he's awesome.

    Something I have always loved about Star Wars is all the crazy aliens and this basically a parrot. Like a giant, humanoid parrot. According to the wiki he is a Kilmaulsi, a species that was named in 2004. I'll spare you the math: that's 25 years after this comic was published. That's insane.

    There's actually a lot of really cool alien designs in the background but none of them have Wookieepedia articles, much less names. That saddens me, cause we will probably never get information on them. Well, who knows what the future holds?

    Anyways, Luke and Leia enter the casino and are greeted by the sight of a bunch of floating platforms housing gambling tables. Luke remarks that "The anti-gravity alone must have cost a couple of planets!" which seems really off to me but whatever. He's a dumb farmer boy, he doesn't know money. As they discuss their top-secret mission in this highly public area, a shadowy Kubaz spies on them.

    Didn't realize it was a Kubaz at first, not gonna lie. His snout is almost like a trunk, super-long.

    Luke immediately gets sidetracked by a game known as "Cosmic Chance" which is...hard to explain. I actually had to re-read this part cause it's super weird.

    It's a giant black sphere with symbols on it. Luke explains to Leia that the streaks of light on the sphere are "cosmic rays...flashing across the universe...responding only to luck! If you're really lucky, you can control the rays...and bend them into the targets!"

    I have no idea how that works. But Luke seems to cause he tries it out, despite Leia's insistence that they have an important job to do and that they shouldn't be drawing attention to themselves. Luke is kinda dumb in this scene.

    Nearby, some casino goers take note of the two and laugh to themselves. Apparently it has been "3 siderals" since someone had scored on Cosmic Chance. A sideral is a measurement of time, obviously, but the wiki doesn't seem to know that it first came from this so...someone may want to mark that down. XD

    Anyways, Luke scores. The onlookers are shocked and more people start to take notice. He tries again and scores again*** and now people are making bets on him and it's a whole fiasco. Leia is understandably upset cause this is the opposite of having a low-profile.

    So, we have a situation where Leia is trying to drag Luke away from the Cosmic Chance game, the crowd is trying to stop Leia cause they have money tied into this now, and Luke is a confused idiot. It's actually hilarious. As they make a speedy exit (with Luke having an arm-full of cash), the Kubaz from earlier mutters to a shady-looking individual.

    "No doubt about it! That's Princess Leia of Alderaan...and Luke Skywalker! Inform Blackhole quickly!"

    Luke and Leia go back to the droids, tell them that this casino is a wash and that they need to try another. It's here we learn that they have a contact that will meet them in a casino. The problem is, and get this, they don't know which one!

    That seems like a pretty massive oversight to me!

    Luke gives his winnings to R2 as they go on a large conveyor...tunnel...thing to the next casino. Suddenly, the lights go out and they are confronted with stormtroopers. But these are no ordinary stormtroopers, no sir! These stormtroopers have black armor, which is super cool looking. A fight breaks out, Luke brandishing his lightsaber but alas both Luke and Leia are stunned and taken. For some reason, the troopers ignore the droids. I guess they underestimated them? I dunno. Regardless, the droids follow after them and witness the troopers reporting to Blackhole's hologram, who mentions that they now have all four rebels on Vorzyd 5. This is interesting, as it means there are two other rebel characters we haven't met yet. He finishes his orders by telling them to take the captives to the ship, no doubt to later interrogate. They get in a speeder, drive off and the droids can't follow them anymore.

    C-3PO starts to yell for the police, due to the kidnaping that has just taken place. An awesome-looking police droid shows up (the art makes it look like he leans into frame, which is very funny to me) and R2 has to pull some fast ones to get him to leave, reminding C-3PO that they are on a secret mission and that they can't just be telling the authorities stuff. So they are on their own, basically.

    The droids are then confronted with the Freelies, which are a delinquent gang who try to steal them, only to be stopped by a police droid. This seems like a random scene when your reading it but the Freelies show up again later so...yeah.

    R2-D2 (who really pulls his weight this story) reminds C-3PO that the stormtroopers had Hrakian accents, so they just need to find the Hrakian ship. There's this whole subplot with them trying to get a drunken Hrakian to escort them onboard so they won't be stopped but my main question is: does this mean the shadow stormtroopers were non-human?

    I think that's interesting.

    Meanwhile, the four rebels (one of which is a Selonian) are being interrogated by Blackhole. He has them in paralysis beams and is trying to get Leia to tell him who their contact is. Apparently it's someone quite noteworthy. Leia doesn't know. And even if she did know she wouldn't tell him. Blackhole threatens her with a mind-probe via an IT-O Interrogation droid. Luckily, the droids come to their rescue.

    Having infiltrated the ship, they turn off the paralysis beams and the rebels fight off the stormtroopers who are briefly colored white instead of black, I think that's an art issue don't worry about it. Blackhole disappears's a thing. The comic doesn't seem to realize that the characters know what holograms are, cause they are kinda baffled by it. That aside, they make their daring escape. During the resulting shoot-out, Falud (the Selonian rebel) is killed.

    They manage to escape and the scene shifts to sometime later, where C-3PO is recounting this adventure to a supercomputer named Mistress Mnemos. I actually already knew about this character from Supernatural Encounters, comes out of nowhere in the story. And we soon return to the main storyline so I don't know what's up with that.

    R2-D2 convinces C-3PO that they need to be better prepared so he leads him on a side-quest while Luke and Leia track down their contact. To that end the droids end up in a weapons shop, run by an alien whose design I instantly fell in love with. So the droids get outfitted with all manner of crazy dangerous weapons, when who should show up but the Freelies. Their presence causes the automatic weapons to go haywire and 3PO returns said weapons. However, he keeps a tracker for him and R2, just in case.

    While this silliness is going on, Luke and Leia finally get some useful information, and Luke begins following instructions to meet the contact. There's a bit with some tiny spy droids following him but he loses them and, after a pretty convoluted route (which includes using a parade to lose some followers) he ends up meeting the contract who turns out to be the President of Vorzyd 5. She tells him her plan to help cut off the Empire's money flow on the planet and give it back to the people, but they are attacked and Luke has to make a quick escape.

    Returning to their ship, he finds out from C-3PO that the Freelies had kidnapped Leia and R2-D2 for ransom. Luckily, 3PO can find them due to the tracker established earlier. Blackhole also finds out about this development from his Kubaz spy. So now we have this honestly kinda cool climax where all three factions are fighting. Leia finds out that one of the Freelies is the son of Falud, and he proves himself to be a real piece of work. "My sire asked for it when he joined the rebels!" What a punk.

    So, Luke saves one of the Freelies who ends up helping them escape by showing them the way out, though at the cost of his own life. And they escape.

    And the story just kinda ends.

    I think there is a lot of cool stuff that come from this story, though the pacing is weird (that's probably more due to the medium than anything). It's a pretty fun adventure and the climax is cool, I couldn't really do it justice in my recap cause I am tired and it's hard without just going the whole thing beat-by-beat and I didn't want to do that.

    I think there is something to be said about these early stories, when so much of the lore was just not there yet. It really makes me wonder what it was like to be a fan in 1979. I feel like things were a lot more simple then, in terms of Star Wars. How many people read this comic when it came out? What was the reaction to it? I don't know, but it's fun to think about.

    After I read The Constancia Affair, the next one in the collection, I'll write up a recap with my thoughts on it. Hope this was as interesting to you as it was to me. XD

    *They don't say if it's Death Squadron or not, because this is a super-early story and I don't think they had that name yet. Regardless, probably Death Squadron.
    **Blackhole's hologram looks awesome, by the way.
    ***Luke's luck in this story is never really explained, I'm assuming it's the Force.
  2. The Positive Fan

    The Positive Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 19, 2015
    Old-timey Star Wars was just so much fun. No worries about continuity, no having to satisfy the expectations of being a great big saga, just fun stories. Great write-up of this one and I'm looking forward to more!

    Our local paper (at least the one my family got) didn't carry the strip, although I knew it existed because a Sunday strip (featuring Mistress Mnemos!) had been reprinted in The Art of Star Wars. Even at like five or six years old I was a completist [face_laugh] Later in my teenage years my FLCS teased me with this hardcover set, which was priced so far out of my ability to purchase it that I worried they'd charge me a dollar just to look at the slipcase. So my first real exposure to the strip ended up being the Classic Star Wars and Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures books from Dark Horse, which were a great introduction and did the strips justice IMO.

    Blackhole was cool - whatever happened to that guy? [face_devil]
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  3. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

    Jul 19, 1999
    Have to admit, Admiral Griff was a great character.

    Hopefully you have some of the Goodwin-Williamson run?
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  4. Vialco

    Vialco Force Ghost star 4

    Mar 6, 2007
    Cronal had so many names.


    Lord Shadowspawn

    The Emperor’s Monster Maker
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  5. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020
    Matthew Stover happened. XD
    (I'm glad you enjoyed my thoughts on this.)

    Haven't met Griff yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
    As to your question, not idea. I'm just going though these as I read though these collections.

    So many names!

    Because of how this medium works (at least at the time, I don't know if it's still like this) their were two storylines going on at the same time. During the week and on Saturdays, Gambler's World was running but on Sundays we got big color pages for The Constancia Affair. As a result, this story is a lot shorter (I actually breezed past the ending not realizing cause it leads directly into the next story, more on that later).

    So the story begins with C-3PO talking to Mistress Mnemos, giving some exposition that he is tasked with giving her lots of information on the rebels and their adventures. There are a few interesting things to take note of in this scene: First of all, Mnemos mentions that Luke is the son of Tan Skywalker. Obviously, this was before we knew that his dad's name was Anakin but this inconsistency later got retconned into being a rank/title given to skilled pilots. Which I actually kinda really like.

    Sidereals are mentioned again, as the "Sidereal Era" which is...I dunno. As far as calendars go, it seems pretty esoteric to me. (Luke is born in Sidereal Era AS-5670, to give an example of my confusion.)

    Finally, C-3PO mentions that he was first built on Affa centuries ago. This is true, as Anakin didn't build him from scratch. It was even alluded to in The Clone Wars episode "Evil Plans" decades after this. How he knows that given his memory was wiped in Revenge of the Sith is another question.

    So 3PO launches into recalling a mission involving Luke and the scene changes to outer space. Luke and the droids are on a ship fleeing from a Star Destroyer. The ship is destroyed, leaving the droids floating in space. C-3PO bemoans the loss of Luke, believing him to have perished (spoiler alert: he didn't). This is also like the only time I'm aware of where Star Wars has acknowledge that there is no sound in space. Usually it ignores that bit of physics but not here.

    We also find out that R2-D2 likes a genre of music called "Warbat" which makes me think he's a metal head. XD

    Luckily, the droids are picked up by Han and Chewie. Han in this story is accompanied by a woman in a...interesting outfit named Gyla Petro. At first we really don't know who she is or why she is here, but it comes out during the story that Han was taking her on a joyride (you sly dog) when he got mixed up in this mission. This is probably why Han is so grumpy this story.

    C-3PO explains to Han the Luke was taking a mysterious passenger to Constancia, which is nearby. Luke had ejected the droids and them himself when the Empire arrived, so now Han has to go to Constancia to help Luke. Gyla is understandable freaked out by all this, as she doesn't want to be seen as a criminal in the eyes of the Empire.

    So they flee from some Imperials into the ring of Constancia and I really dig the design of Constancia's ring. From far away it looks solid but when you get close you can see that it's made up of thousands of close-knit chunks of ice. It looks really cool. So their hiding in the ring when they stumble upon a secret base, which opens to admit them. Han deduces that the secret base aren't fans of the Empire and lands in it. Their they meet a woman in ridiculous-looking power-armor named Sharlee. It quickly comes out that Luke is here (which, thank goodness, cause I don't know how the franchise would have continued without him) and that his passenger was a Constancian named Gamine.

    Constancians look...freaky. Like old people but also children. I don't....I don't like their design. XD

    Anyways, Han is pretty fed up with all this and demands to know what is going on, so Gamine gives him a telepathic* info-dump, explaining that the Empire is threating to destroy Constancia for their resistance. Han quickly agrees to help them, on the promise that Gamine never do that again cause screw that voodoo nonsense. (My words, not his.)

    So the plan is, that Sharlee and Han (also decked out in power-armor) take command of an Imperial ship to help cover the rest as they escort Gamine to the planet's surface. Which they do. The Imperial ship they hijack looks like a TIE Bomber but it's a lot bigger, which surprised me. Apparently, it's been around. There's a hologram of one in The Last Jedi. Go figure.

    So after some scenes of action they arrive on the planet to great applause. It's never really explained why Gamine is needed to help throw off the Imperial boot, but the Constancians seem confident so I guess there is something there.

    The story ends with C-3PO telling Mnemos that he was there when Han first meet Gyla Petro, and we immediately jump to the next story which I totally didn't realize until like a page later.

    It's a pretty surface-level story, but I enjoyed it. I feel like it could have been a little longer and I think I kinda prefer Gambler's World to this story. All that being said, the setting was awesome, I like the goofy power-suits, and the knowledge that R2 is a Warbat-head. XD

    Coming up next is The Kashyyyk Depths!

    *Gamine claims that they are the only known race to be telepathic, which obviously got ignored later. Heck, depending on what you consider "Canon" or not, the only other alien present is telepathic.
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  6. harryhenry

    harryhenry Jedi Knight star 1

    Apr 19, 2015
    C-3PO's Affa roots came from the backstories for characters Lucas gave out to licensees for them to use back in 1977, which you can find in Rinzler's The Making of Star Wars. Those weren't always used, but bits and pieces from them have cropped up in material over the years.
  7. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020
    I did not know that. That's really cool!
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  8. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020
    The Kashyyyk Depths!

    You can tell the title is newer than the story, because "Kashyyyk" is spelled correctly. XD (It actually was named by Jason Fry, which is interesting.)

    The story begins Mistress Mnemos recalling in her databanks that Gyla Petro, from the last story, was suspected of being an Imperial spy. This made me sit up cause her character in The Constancia Affair was kinda just there and it would be super cool to develop her character some more. C-3PO decides to tell Mnemos about when Han and Gyla met. It was on Kashyyyk, during Life Day...

    (scene shift)

    Han, Chewie and the droids are watching a Wookiee elder announcing that they are cancelling Life Day. Apparently the Ogra root they need for the celebration is only found in the lower levels of the forest and it's too dangerous to go down there. Not sure where they were getting it before but whatever.

    This greatly upsets Chewbacca and he challenges the elder. They have a stomp-off which is awesome, but before things could get to crazy Han throws himself at them like the crazed badass he is and manages to negotiate a compromise. Basically Han, Chewbacca and the droids will venture down to get some Ogra roots, so that none of the Wookiees would be endangered. I think it would have been interesting if some of the other Wookiees volunteered to go with them, given that it was stated that most of them agreed with Chewbacca to not cancel Life Day. But whatever, I'm not writing the story.

    They set off on this thing called a Sureggi, which looks amazing by the way. Some sort of alien caterpillar thing. So they go down to the eighth level, which is as far as people dare to go. Any further and you'll end up in the Shadowlands (they don't call it that, but that's what it is). They pass by a plant that squeaks at them and flees, like an animal. Han explains to the confused C-3PO that some of the planets here are sentient. Said plants tell Chewbacca that theirs trouble up ahead and Han puts on a "bug pak" which looks like a funny hat. This is also like one of the only times that I can think of where C-3PO doesn't know a language (that of the plants), so that's kinda interesting.

    It isn't long before they come across the trouble: Some Imperials are using laser saws to cut though the plant life. We see Gyla is among them, protesting them doing so as the plants are like screaming and whatnot. The Imperial in charge reminds her that their doing this for her and the other scientists to gather and study the Ogra root. Chewbacca warns Han that the plants are about to attack and sure enough the plants completely murderize the Imperials and scientists in a surprisingly dark scene. Han manages to save Gyla from danger as Chewie calls said plants off. The rationale being that she happened to be against harming the plants.

    Han completely brushes past all this death, by the way. It's a little disconcerting. XD

    So they manage to get the Ogra root cause Chewie has clout with them, and return to great celebration. But wait, asks Mnemos (and me), what about the whole thing with Gyla being a suspected spy? C-3PO explains that that's a whole other story, when the Empire had captured Han and forced him to go to the lowest level of Kashyyyk. But before we tell that story, C-3PO was reminded of a separate adventure on Tatooine that he wants to tell first....

    Well that's disappointing. I want to hear more Kashyyyk stuff. XD
    Regardless, we did get some more info. It's interesting that Gyla is a scientist and not just some girl Han picked up somewhere, as implied in The Constancia Affair.
    Despite the story being short, it was fun and shockingly dark at the one point, which caught me completely off guard. I also loved the Sureggi's design in this.

    Next time is Tatooine Sojourn, which will be quite longer due to a change in the format.
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  9. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    Any idea where to find these? I have access to the marvel issues digitally, but also have memories of Gambler’s World from another source. And there’s a vintage comic my sister gave me that my parents got rid of in a yard sale that involves Luke using the Force to predict solar flares and help the alliance fleet escape. I’m interested in tracking things down.
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  10. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020
    The collection I have is on Amazon for around 40 bucks each. (There's three volumes)

    Other than that, not sure.
  11. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    Cool. Thanks for the tip.
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  12. TalonCard

    TalonCard •Author: Slave Pits of Lorrd •TFN EU Staff star 5 VIP

    Jan 31, 2001
    That particular story is from later newspaper strips, which were re-colored and re-edited into the Dark Horse series Classic Star Wars and can be found on Marvel Unlimited along with, I believe, Gambler's World and Tatooine Sojourn. (The Constancia Affair and Kashyyyk Depths weren't collected in Classic Star Wars, but can be found alongside the Classic Star Wars stories in the Marvel Epic collections or with the newspaper strips in their original forms in the IDW collections. (Not sure which one Thinker has.) Love this thread, BTW.
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  13. Ithorians

    Ithorians Jedi Master star 3

    Apr 26, 2016
    @Dream-Thinker First of all, happy birthday! I really liked reading your impressions of these comics. Blackhole in particular is one of my favorite villains from legends, so your post about Gambler´s World actually made re-read it just because he shows up. These comics are from before my time, but I loved to see some of the lore they presented being revisited later on, as it was the case of Shadows of Mindor...
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  14. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020

    Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad your enjoying the thread.
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  15. jafo

    jafo Jedi Grand Master star 1

    Oct 20, 2001
    wait a minute - are you saying that the Marvel Epic collections have the missing stories in that were not included in the Dark Horse comics? I’ll have to buy those then
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  16. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    Thanks to the helpful direction, I just read the very issue my sister gave me for Christmas 20-odd years ago.
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  17. TalonCard

    TalonCard •Author: Slave Pits of Lorrd •TFN EU Staff star 5 VIP

    Jan 31, 2001
    Yep, the Newspaper Strips Vol 1. has Constancia Affair, Kashyyyk Depths, and Planet of Kadril along with the first batch of Classic Star Wars issues. I prefer the presentation in the IDW collections, but if you don't already have the Classic Star Wars comics it's a good buy.
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  18. jafo

    jafo Jedi Grand Master star 1

    Oct 20, 2001
    Thanks. I’ve got the IDW collections, such a beautiful set, but I’m pretty much digital only now because of space.
  19. FiveFireRings

    FiveFireRings Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 26, 2017
    I read them as they came out, cut them out of the newspaper and put them in scrapbooks, doing my own edits and coloring on the way. So I know this stuff pretty well. Reactions at the time -- well, I was a kid but pretty SW obsessive -- were always in comparison to the Marvel book running at the same time. The Manning stuff was cool because the art was more screen-accurate than Carmine Infantino's Marvel work, but the stories always seems more slight and less SW-specific than Archie Goodwin's epic Marvel stuff. Then the strip did the Han Solo At Star's End adaptation and stuff got real. When Goodwin started writing the strip with Al Williamson's art, it was freakin' awesome, but the Marvel comparison stopped because the strip stayed between ANH and ESB, with the stories containing lots of flash-forward stuff from the later movies.

    Bottom line, the early stuff and the Goodwin/Williamson stuff are completely different ballgames. The first stuff is fun but it's on the level of, like, the Droids cartoon, and the later stories are a real attempt to nail down the whole ANH-ESB storyline and to me they still hold up as such.

    On this early stuff, a few notes -- I'm pretty sure that as conceived within these stories, Blackhole isn't a hologram beaming in from elsewhere, but some kind of... holo-genie entity or something, who lives in his little projector. Not sure about that and I know it was changed later, but that sure is what it seems like. Also, the Kyla Petro storyline... that just gets dropped when the Sundays and dailies started telling the same storylines, so that's all you're gonna get.

    I love the Manning aliens, though. If you ever see his art for Magnus Robot Hunter, they're basically the same background aliens he uses there, but... they're just cool.
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  20. Dream-Thinker

    Dream-Thinker Jedi Knight star 3

    May 20, 2020
    That's really interesting! Thank you for sharing.

    Yeah, I kinda figured that Blackhole was supposed to be something weird like that. Also, that's a real bummer about Petro, but I guess that's why fanfiction is a thing. XD

    I'm loving the aliens as well. There's some really cool designs in "Princess Leia, Imperial Servant" (Yeah I read ahead, what of it? XD)
  21. FiveFireRings

    FiveFireRings Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 26, 2017
    Oh, I like that one, and it's kind of the rare early ones that calls back to the films on a deeper level than Empire bad Rebels good, with Lady Tarkin and Leia's personal beef with her. And megonite moss is a pretty cool idea. Actually there are a lot of really neat little side ideas in that story, from Leia's sweet glider escape pod to stimu-frost (I think that's what it was called). And the bit with Vader is cooler now than when it was written, because they weren't "family" at the time. You'll hit other stories that barely feel like they were written for Star Wars at all, but that one hits it.
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