Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Retro Foreign: Indonesian Star Wars Komik Spesial Cypress #1

This Star Wars comic from Indonesia was published by Cypress in the early 1980s.  The title translates to Star Wars Special Comic Cypress #1.

Star Wars Komik Spesial Cypress #1a - Cypress, Indonesia (1980s)
contains Star Wars Annual #1 reworked
The cover is very busy.  Front and center is a picture of a young Mark Hamill.  This picture looks like it is covering art which has what looks like Carmine Infantino drawn Rebel Blockade Runners.  Inline, in the lower right corner, are pictures of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia from the scene in the movie where Leia is consoling Luke aboard the Millennium Falcon after the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  A blurb reads Baru! or New! below the title of the story, Hantu Asap or Smoke Ghost.  The lower left hand corner has a banner that reads Berhadiah Buku or Lottery Books.  The cover is a heavier stock than traditional comics and you can see where someone punched holes in the comic presumably to put it into some sort of binder.  This full color comic is very thin with only 14 pages.  Most of the art on the pages are redrawn or traced from Star Wars Annual #1 whose story is titled The Long Hunt.

As you can see on this page, much of the detail is missing in the background of the Indonesian panels.  The bottom left panel has been replaced with a picture of Luke that looks like a Carmine Infantino drawing!

Star Wars Komik Spesial Cypress #1a - Cypress, Indonesia (1980s)
page 4
Star Wars Annual #1 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (1979)
page 2
 
Side-by-side comparison
On this page, the picture of Luke and Leia running through the streets of Tirahnn are replace with art that looks like Luke and Leia swinging across the chasm on the Death Star.  But instead of Luke holding onto the rope, he is clutching his lightsaber.  This might be the only replaced panel that was not done by Infantino.

Star Wars Komik Spesial Cypress #1a - Cypress, Indonesia (1980s)
page 7
Star Wars Annual #1 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (1979)
page 5
 
Side-by-side comparison
The next page shows Han Solo pulling his blaster from his holster like a western gun slinger.  These two panels depicting this action are also drawn by Infantino.  Han takes down the Catuman chasing Luke and Leia.  In Star Wars Annual #1, it is 2 Catuman chasing our heroes and Chewbacca stops one while Han blasts the other as shown in the third panel at the top.  Notice in the first two panels Han is holding his gun in his right hand, but shoots with his left hand. Tricky!

Star Wars Komik Spesial Cypress #1a - Cypress, Indonesia (1980s)
page 8
Star Wars Annual #1 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (1979)
page 6
 
Side-by-side comparison
The final page in the Indonesian comic has different art in one panel but you can see Luke dispatched a green smoke creature with his lightsaber.  In Star Wars Annual #1, the smoke creature is red.  The final panel is another Infantino drawing, this time of the Millennium Falcon soaring through space.  In the story from the annual, the final panel shows Han despairing over the death of Katya, a friend from his smuggling days.

Star Wars Komik Spesial Cypress #1a - Cypress, Indonesia (1980s)
page 14
Star Wars Annual #1 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (1979)
page 12
 
Side-by-side comparison
It looks to me like the replaced panels were used to not only simplify the story, but to simplify the amount of art that needed to be redrawn or traced.  The art for Star Wars Annual #1 is by penciller Mike Vosburg and inker Steve Leialoha.  Their art is very different from Carmine Infantino's art, who has a very distinct style by this point in his career, and these panels stand out.  I'm positive all of the new panels are lifted from other Star Wars issues.  Someday I'll have to translate this issue so I can see how the story differs from the annual.

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