Thursday, November 5, 2015

Classic Cover Comparison: Star Wars (1977) #7 and Star Wars: Chewbacca (2015) #1 (Alex Ross variant)

Marvel Comics Star Wars #7 contains the first new Star Wars story in that title after the movie adaptation.  While it is not the first original Star Wars story after the movie (that distinction goes to the comic strip pages found in Pizzazz #1[1]), it does contain a heavily western influenced story that centers on Han Solo and Chewbacca as they depart Yavin IV with the reward money.  On their way to Tatooine, they are intercepted by Crimson Jack and his gang of pirates who take the treasure.  Broke once again with no means to repay Jabba the Hutt, Han and Chewie land on the remote world Aduba-3, a planet that looks very much like Tatooine.  They are enlisted by a priest to help bury a cyborg in the cemetery called Spacer's Hill.  A fight with a mob intent on stopping the burial ensues, Han and Chewie win the fight, and the cyborg is buried.

Star Wars #7a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 1978)
The cover to Star Wars #7 has a western feel with the Wanted: Dead or Alive poster in the background and Han Solo kneeling with his blaster drawn and firing.  Chewbacca, holding two aliens, is depicted in the typical bulky style that would dominate the early years in the comic.  On this cover, the poster is in English like the Death Star tractor beam display in the original release of the movie.  The English on the display would be replace by Aurebesh in later releases of the movie.

Star Wars: Chewbacca #1f - Marvel Comics, U.S. (October 2015)
Alex Ross variant
The homage cover by Alex Ross for Star Wars: Chewbacca #1 is another terrific remake of a classic cover.  The scene is tilted for dramatic effect and Han Solo and Chewbacca look like their movie images.   Here, Chewbacca is clearly growling at those aliens firing on the pair.  In a nice touch, Alex Ross does not re-invent the aliens Chewbacca is holding, but instead sticks closely to the images used on the original cover.  The wanted poster is now in Aurebesh.

This Alex Ross variant was distributed in a 1:50 ratio.  There is also a black and white version which has a 1:200 ratio.

References:

  1. Comic Book Legends Revealed #318

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