Sunday, March 1, 2015

Retro Foreign: Colombian la Guerra de las Galaxias

The publisher Grupo Editorial Colombiano (GRECO) published 4 issues of la Guerra de las Galaxias in 1978 that were distributed to several South American countries including: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile.  The 4 Colombian issues each contains 2 U.S. Star Wars issues encompassing the Star Wars movie adaptation and Star Wars #7 and 8.

la Guerra de las Galaxias #1a - Grupo Editorial Colombiano (GRECO), Colombia (1978)
Star Wars #1
Star Wars #2
la Guerra de las Galaxias #2a - Grupo Editorial Colombiano (GRECO), Colombia (1978)
Star Wars #3
Star Wars #4
la Guerra de las Galaxias #3a - Grupo Editorial Colombiano (GRECO), Colombia (1978)
Star Wars #5
Star Wars #6
la Guerra de las Galaxias #4a - Grupo Editorial Colombiano (GRECO), Colombia (1978)
Star Wars #7
Star Wars #8
Each issue is black and white.  There are no ads inside and the back cover matches the front cover.

The cover to the issue #4 proclaims: "At last! Beyond the cinema! Beyond the galaxy!"  It is the same cover as the U.S. Star Wars #2, but with some notable differences.  Luke Skywalker has been replaced by Han Solo and Ben Kenobi has been replaced by an insect alien!  To turn Luke Skywalker into Han Solo, his hair is drawn differently and is colored brown.  Additionally, Luke's tunic is shortened, the infamous Han Solo vest is added, and a holster is drawn on his hip.  For Ben Kenobi, Ben's lightsaber has been replaced by a staff and his face has been redrawn to look like an insect alien.  There is a insectoid priest in Star Wars #7 that Han Solo and Chewbacca save from an angry alien mob on Aduba-3 and this new alien on the cover is meant to be that character.

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