Thursday, September 3, 2015

Classic Cover Comparison: Star Wars: Dark Empire #1 and Dark Horse Classics - Star Wars: Dark Empire #1

The reprint title, Dark Horse Classics - Star Wars: Dark Empire, uses the same cover art as the title it reprinted, Star Wars: Dark Empire.  There is one change to one of the covers however.

Star Wars: Dark Empire #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 1991)
Dark Horse Classics - Star Wars: Dark Empire #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 1997)
reprints Star Wars: Dark Empire #1
Princess Leia on the cover of Star Wars: Dark Empire #1 is representative of how she appears inside the series.  She looks slightly older than she does in the movies, but it is easily recognizable as Leia.  For the reprint, Leia was changed.  She looks a little younger and is wearing the hair style she wore on Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back.  I have never seen this cover change mentioned, so it is not clear why Dark Horse made this change.

I prefer the original cover because it shows Leia with a little more emotion than the Leia on the reprint.  Considering the actions being taken by the other main characters, Leia on the reprint cover looks too uninterested and feels out of place.

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