Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Retro Foreign: Brazilian Guerra nas Estrelas

Bloch Editores published Portuguese translations of Marvel comic books in Brazil during the 1970s.  In 1978, they published the 100 page, magazine-sized Guerra nas Estrelas.

Guerra nas Estrelas - Bloch Editores, Brazil (1978)
Marvel Stars Wars #1 - 6
The cover for Guerra nas Estrelas is the same cover used for Marvel Special Edition #1.  It has an inset drawing of C-3PO and R2-D2 which looks out of place on the cover.  The first Star Wars issue from Marvel was rushed and the interior art by Howard Chaykin is very poor compared to the other 5 parts of the movie adaptation.  The drawing of C-3PO and R2-D2 is taken from the first panel on page 16 of the first issue.  A better picture of C-3PO and R2-D2 could have been chose from later in the adaptation which better matches the clean, polished art of the cover.

Star Wars #1 - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 1977)
page 16
In addition to the inset, there are some interesting color choices made on both the cover and the interior.  Luke Skywalker's pants are a light blue on the cover and change color between white and light blue on the interior.  On the cover and the interior, Princess Leia is wearing a red gown.  In the interior, Darth Vader's torso is pink with a yellow helmet and yellow legs.  Stormtroopers change color from pink to yellow to white to yellow helmets and pink bodies.  Obi-Wan Kenobi's cloak is the same read as Princess Leia's gown.  R2-D2 is yellow.  Han Solo's signature shirt is pink.  When Luke and Han break Leia out of the detention block, they are wearing armor that has red gauntlets and boots, brown belts, and blue pants.  To say the comic is wildly and inaccurately colorful is an understatement.  It reminds me quite a bit of the color palette used on the Yugoslavian translation of these issues.

Guerra nas Estrelas - Bloch Editores, Brazil (1978)
back cover

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