Thursday, June 11, 2015

Retro Foreign: Chinese Star Wars Lianhuanhua (Revisited)

Another Chinese comic adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope has been found.  This adaptation follows the movie, but the only characters who look like their movie counterparts are C-3PO, R2-D2, and Darth Vader.

星球大战 - China (1983)
A New Hope adaptation
This adaptation is notable because it contains the scene where Luke Skywalker meets his friend Biggs Darklighter on Tatooine.  The Sandpeople Luke Skywalker confronts look like giant native African caricatures from a comic book from the 1940s or earlier.  Chewbacca looks like an ape with suspenders holding up his pants!  About 3/4 of the way through the comic they are just getting to the Death Star, and the pace of the book picks up rapidly with Princess Leia getting rescued, Obi-Wan Kenobi losing his battle with Darth Vader, our heroes escaping the Death Star, and the final space battle above the Death Star.  The art is very psychedelic at points and the ending comes off like a drug induced dream.

I am trying to figure out a way to show the pages of these Star Wars lianhuanhua without destroying the condition of the comics.  My descriptions do not do these comics justice and some of this material needs to be seen to be believed.

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