Thursday, July 9, 2015

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars Comic Packs (Marvel Reprints)

A surprising number of Marvel Star Wars comics were reprinted for the Hasbro Star Wars Comic Packs line.  Out of the 57 comics released in these 2-packs, 10 of them are reprints of Marvel Star Wars comics.  The first wave of Star Wars Comic Packs after the internet retailer exclusive reprinted Marvel Star Wars #1 - 3.

Star Wars Comic Pack #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2006)
reprints Star Wars #1 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2006)
reprints Star Wars #2 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #4a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2006)
reprints Star Wars #3 (1977)
The next wave also contained a Marvel reprint, this time Marvel Star Wars #4.

Star Wars Comic Pack #5a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2007)
reprints Star Wars #4 (1977)
Subsequent waves saw reprints for Marvel Star Wars #44, 68, 69, 81, 94, and 96.

Star Wars Comic Pack #16a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2007)
reprints Star Wars #81 (1977)
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #26a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2008)
reprints Star Wars #44 (1977)
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #29a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars #68 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #30a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars #69 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #36a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars #94 (1977)
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #42a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2009)
reprints Star Wars #96 (1977)
Of the covers, only the cover to Star Wars Comic Pack #26 is significantly altered from the original.  The stylized background is dropped behind Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, giving it a much different look than the original cover.  I can only guess this was easier than trying to producing the "missing" background art behind the altered smaller title.

Star Wars #44a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 1981)

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