Friday, October 2, 2015

Retro Foreign: Chinese Star Wars Adaptation

There have been several blog postings on the Chinese lianhuanhua Star Wars comics, but there are other Star Wars comics in other formats that were published in China.  The following comic is larger than a lianhuanhua but smaller than the standard comic format, measuring 7 1/4" x 6 1/2".

Star Wars Adaptation - China
The front cover shows X-Wing and Y-Wing Fighters as they approach the Death Star with another ship in the foreground.  The interior is in black and white.  It is an fairly accurate adaptation of the Star Wars movie with some minor differences.  One difference is the Millennium Falcon which looks more like the ship shown on the front cover than the one we are familiar with.  Most of the characters looks like their movie counterparts, but some details are slightly different.  Mos Eisley looks more like a futuristic city than the desert city we see in the movie.  Another difference is when Luke Skywalker is piloting the X-Wing Fighter in the battle against the Death Star the cockpit is larger.  When the X-Wing takes damage we see R2-D2 inside the cockpit behind Luke putting out a fire similar to the scene in the movie when he puts out a fire on the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars Adaptation - China
back cover
The back cover shows a picture of C-3PO and R2-D2 which is not representative of how they look in the interior nor is the drawing a representative of the art style inside.  The art inside is more detailed, although it is not as elegant as some of the art in the Chinese lianhuanhua Star Wars adaptations.

Even though this comic has an ISBN, I have been unable to find out more information about it.  China adopted the 10-digit ISBN system in the late 1980s and changed to the 13-digit ISBN system in 2007, so this comic could have been published any time in that roughly 20 year period when they used 10-digit ISBNs.  If you have more information about this comic, I would love to hear from you.

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