Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Retro Marvel: Biggs on Tatooine

It is well know among fans that Biggs Darklighter had a larger role in the original Star Wars movie but George Lucas removed scenes of Luke Skywalker interacting with his best friend on Tatooine for story pacing.  Lucas decided the beginning of the movie should be about the plight of C-3PO and R2-D2 and the events that lead to their first encounter with Luke.  Many of the deleted scenes are shown in Marvel Comic's adaptation of Star Wars.

In this deleted scene from Star Wars #1 page 5, Luke races into Anchorhead to tell his friends about the space battle he witness through his macrobinoculars.  Camie and Fixer are at Tosche Station as well as Biggs back from the Imperial Academy.

Star Wars #1 page 5 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 1977)
Luke first witnesses the space battle in this deleted scene from the bottom 2 panels on page 2.  The faulty WED Treadwell repair droid is absent in the comic adaptation.

Star Wars #1 page 2 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 1977)
On page 8, Luke has a more personal conversation with Biggs.  Biggs tells Luke of his plans to join the rebellion and Luke expresses his frustration at being stuck on Tatooine.

Star Wars #1 page 8 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 1977)
Marvel had adapted movies to comics before Star Wars.  Planet of the Apes was adapted to comics in the magazine of the same title in the early 1970s and later reprinted in Adventures on the Planet of the Apes #1 - 6.  Logan's Run #1 - 3 contains the movie adaptation.  Since the advent of the mini-series, most movies are adapted in 4 issues like Return of the Jedi #1 - 4.  The Marvel Star Wars adaptation works well and helped spur a generation of Star Wars fans because it had the larger page count to let the story breath.  I have no doubts if Star Wars was adapted using 3 or 4 issues like Logan's Run or Return of the Jedi instead of 6 issues like Planet of the Apes, many of the deleted scenes we are able to read in the comic would have also ended up being cut including these scenes of Biggs on Tatooine.

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