Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Classic Cover Comparison: Star Wars #92 and Titans #92

In the Expanded Universe, those stories that take place outside the movies and are now deemed Legends, one area of intense discussion by fans has been how Force ghosts work.  We see Obi-Wan's Force ghost in The Empire Strikes back on Hoth and Dagobah.  Luke Skywalker is visited by the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker at the end of the Return of the Jedi.  Marvel sort of visits this idea in Star Wars #92 when they have Luke interact with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Darth Vader, and Anakin Skywalker in a series of dream sequences.

Star Wars #92b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 1985)
Whether or not Luke was visited by Force ghosts in Star Wars #92 or those visits are just dreams is not terribly important to the story.  What was probably important to Marvel is it gave them a chance to put Darth Vader on the cover of a Star Wars comic post Return of the Jedi.  The previous cover appearance by Darth Vader was a couple issues earlier on Star Wars #90.  This would be the last cover to feature Vader in the original Star Wars title.  The cover is an impressionistic painting by Cynthia Martin and Bill Sienkiewicz showing Luke Skywalker confronting Darth Vader which is a key aspect of the story.  In the issue, Luke is haunted by a previous failure on the planet Belderone from Star Wars Annual #3 and Vader represents that failure.

Titans #92a - Editions Lug, France (September 1985)
Star Wars #92
The cover to Titans #92 has the same layout as Star Wars #92 but with an additional surprise... Yoda!  Yoda only appeared on one cover in the original Star Wars title, Star Wars #50.  This painted French cover is not impressionistic but instead is done in the same realistic style as the majority of the Titans' Star Wars covers.  It is hard to decide which is better; the Cynthia Martin and Bill Sienkiewicz collaboration is a smart choice for a dream sequence, but the French cover features a rare appearance by Yoda.

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