Thursday, March 31, 2016

Modern Antarctic Press: Steam Wars Holiday Special

The Steam Wars Holiday Special comic cover is a unique pairing of Kenner Star Wars action figure packaging and the Star Wars Holiday Special imagery.

Steam Wars Holiday Special - Antarctic Press, U.S. (November 2015)
Fred Perry, the creator of the Steam Wars comics, clearly is a fan of Star Wars.  The cover for Steam Wars Holiday Special is laid out like a vintage Kenner Star Wars action figure package with the silver bands and black frame.  Under the title is the placard where the character's name would go but here it says Holiday Special.  Even Fred Perry's "signature" is done in the style and font of the Kenner name on the front of the vintage card backs.

Inside that nostalgic cover dressing is art that reminds readers of the Star Wars Holiday Special.  Characters from inside the comic book are designed after Chewbacca and his family on Kashyyk.  In the middle back is the Chewbacca stand-in, with his arms around stand-ins for his wife Malla and his dad Itchy.  At Mala's feet is their son Lumpy's stand-in, playing with a toy spaceship that looks very much like an X-Wing Fighter.  The humans in front of the family represent Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.

This comic was published in November, which is appropriate because the Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast only once, on CBS on November 17, 1978.

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