Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Retro Marvel: Pizzazz #1

The first original Star Wars comic book after the movie adaptation is Star Wars #7.  It is not the first original comic material however.  Pizzazz #1 has the distinction of being the first original comic material.  In fact, the Star Wars comic strip in Pizzazz #1 is considered the first original Star Wars print material in the Expanded Universe!

Pizzazz is a magazine published by Marvel Comics that ran for 16 issues.  Aimed at the same teenage audience that read Teen Beat, every issue contains pop culture articles, comic strips, and puzzles.  Of the comic strips, every issues contains 3 pages of Star Wars comics.  Issues #1 - 9 contain the Star Wars story The Keeper's World and #10 - 16 contain the story The Kingdom of Ice.  Unfortunately, Pizzazz was cancelled before this last story was complete.  The final unpublished chapters concluding The Kingdom of Ice were printed for the first time in the U.K. publication Star Wars Weekly #60 and again for U.S. readers in the paperback Marvel Illustrated Books Star Wars.

The Keeper's World is written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Howard Chaykin.  This is the same pair of creators that worked on Star Wars #1 - 10.  Tony DeZuniga is the inker for the story and is credited for the covers to Marvel's Star Wars #7 - 9 and 11.

Pizzazz #1a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (October 1977)
The cover to Pizzazz #1 is a photo of C-3PO and R2-D2 in a corridor of the Tantive IV, the Rebel Blockade Runner that was overtaken by the Imperial Star Destroyer at the start of the Star Wars movie.

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