Thursday, November 26, 2015

First Appearance: Durge

The 2003 - 2005 Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series by Genndy Tartakovsky introduced several characters that would endure beyond the shows three seasons including Asajj Ventress introduce in the first season and General Grievous introduced in the second season.  General Grievous was a major villain in the Revenge of the Sith movie and both Asajj Ventress and General Grievous would make several appearances in the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.  Another important character introduced in the first season of the micro-series is Durge, a Gen'Dai bounty hunter.  Gen'Dai are long-lived, shape shifting aliens with no discernible form.  Although Durge was considered for the 2008 animated series, ultimately he was passed over for a new creation, Cad Bane.

While Durge did not have the same durability as Ventress and Grievous, he is a memorable character, having been made into several action figures by Hasbro and appearing in Dark Horse comics.  Durge would undergo a radical change in his appearance from the 2003 cartoon to the comic book.  The character in the cartoon is more readily identifiable as alien in appearance even when wearing full body armor.  For the Dark Horse comic, the character appears more human-like in full body armor and the armor undergoes significant changes.  Underneath the armor, the character is still a two millennium old shape shifting alien with immense strength and agility.  He is often compared to the villain Doomsday from the Superman comic by fans familiar with both characters because of his immense invulnerability.

Star Wars: Republic #51a (March 2003)
1st appearance of Durge in comics
Star Wars: Republic #52a (April 2003)
1st cover appearance of Durge
In Star Wars: Obsession #3, Anakin Skywalker guides an escape pod containing Durge into a star, killing him.

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