Friday, November 20, 2015

Retro Foreign: Italian Guerre Stellari

Italy saw the release of Star Wars in October 1977 and a month later, Italy's largest publisher, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, began publishing a translation of the Marvel Star Wars comics.  Each Italian edition contains 2 U.S. issues in high gloss color.  The paper quality is reminiscent of the baxter paper that Marvel and DC experimented with in the 1980s.  Because of the quality paper and coloring, these Italian fumetti or comics are far superior to the U.S. issues.  The series ran for 14 issues.

To accommodate the 40 pages in each issue, some pages were eliminated from the stories.  There are no ads except on the interior or exterior back cover.  The first 10 issues contain a 2 page poster in the centerfold with the other side of the poster being pages from the comic.  For this reason, collectors of these Italian editions should check to make sure the poster is present.

Guerre Stellari #1a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (November 1977)
contains Star Wars #1 and 2
Guerre Stellari #2a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (December 1977)
contains Star Wars #3 and 4
Guerre Stellari #3a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (January 1978)
contains Star Wars #5 and 6
Guerre Stellari #4a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (February 1978)
contains Star Wars #7 and 8
Guerre Stellari #5a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (March 1978)
contains Star Wars #9 and 10
Guerre Stellari #6a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (April 1978)
contains Star Wars #11 and 12
Guerre Stellari #7a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (August 1978)
contains Star Wars #13 and 14
Guerre Stellari #8a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (October 1978)
contains Star Wars #15 and 16
Guerre Stellari #9a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (December 1978)
contains Star Wars #17 and 18
Guerre Stellari #10a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (February 1979)
contains Star Wars #19 and 20
Guerre Stellari #11a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (April 1979)
contains Star Wars #21 and 22
Guerre Stellari #12a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (June 1979)
contains Star Wars #23 and 24
Guerre Stellari #13a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (August 1979)
contains Star Wars #25 and 26
Guerre Stellari #14a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (October 1979)
contains Star Wars #27 and 28
The back cover to Guerre Stellari #10 has an ad for the comic il Mago or The Wizard.  The ad is the drawing of a nude woman brushing her hair.  Can you imagine the outrage from parents in the U.S. with a drawing of a nude woman on a Star Wars comic?  The culture in Europe is more open to nudity than the U.S. so it is not unheard of for ads like this to appear on a comic that would be purchased by children.

Guerre Stellari #10a - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy (February 1979)
back cover

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