Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Retro Foreign: German Krieg der Sterne (Egmont Ehapa)

German publisher Williams-Verlag first brought Star Wars to German comic readers with the release of 3 magazine-sized comics titled Krieg der Sterne which contain Marvel Star Wars #1 - 10.  Over a year after Williams-Verlag published Krieg der Sterne #3, Egmont Ehapa took over publishing Star Wars in Germany.  Their first series is 22 issues and also titled Krieg der Sterne.  They also published a second series titled Star Wars.  These comics are magazine-sized with a heavier cover stock but slightly shorter than the comics published by Williams-Verlag.  They are in full color and contain 2 or 3 of the U.S. Star Wars stories.  Interestingly, Egmont Ehapa starts their series with Star Wars #7 - 9 which were published by Williams-Verlag.

Krieg der Sterne #1a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (July 1979)
contains Star Wars #7 - 9
Krieg der Sterne #2a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (October 1979)
contains Star Wars #10 - 12
Krieg der Sterne #3a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (January 1980)
contains Star Wars #13 - 15
Krieg der Sterne #4a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (April 1980)
contains Star Wars #16 - 18
Krieg der Sterne #5a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (July 1980)
contains Star Wars #19 - 21
Krieg der Sterne #6a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (October 1980)
contains Star Wars #22 - 24
Krieg der Sterne #7a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (April 1981)
contains Star Wars #25 - 27
Krieg der Sterne #8a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (July 1981)
contains Star Wars #28 - 30
Krieg der Sterne #9a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (October 1981)
contains Star Wars #31 - 33
Krieg der Sterne #10a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (January 1982)
contains Star Wars #34 - 36
Krieg der Sterne #11a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (April 1982)
contains Star Wars #37, 38, 45
Krieg der Sterne #12a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (July 1982)
contains Star Wars #47, 48
Krieg der Sterne #13a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (October 1982)
contains Star Wars #51, 52
Krieg der Sterne #14a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (January 1983)
contains Star Wars #53 - 55
Krieg der Sterne #15a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (April 1983)
contains Star Wars #55 - 57
Krieg der Sterne #16a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (July 1983)
contains Star Wars #58, 59
Krieg der Sterne #17a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (October 1983)
contains Star Wars #60, 61
Krieg der Sterne #18a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (January 1984)
contains Star Wars #62, 63
Krieg der Sterne #19a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (March 1984)
contains Star Wars #64, 65
Krieg der Sterne #20a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (May 1984)
contains Star Wars #66, 67
Krieg der Sterne #21a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (July 1984)
contains Star Wars #68, 69
Krieg der Sterne #22a - Egmont Ehapa, Germany (August 1984)
contains Star Wars #70, 71
The covers use the same art from the U.S. comics.  These German editions are wider than U.S. comics so the cover art is cropped, losing some of the details found at the edges of the U.S. covers.  The color palette is remarkably similar to the U.S. editions in contrast to the many foreign countries which used different colors.  Additionally, the earlier issues lack some of the blurbs and word balloons found on the U.S. covers.

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