Thursday, April 28, 2016

Classic Cover Comparison: Star Wars #34 and Star Wars: la Guerra de las Galaxias #8 (Ediciones Surco)

Star Wars #34 has one of my favorite covers of the original Marvel series.

Star Wars #34a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 1980)
I feel Spanish publisher Ediciones Surco's cover for Star Wars: la Guerra de las Galaxias #8 is just as nice, but for different reasons.  This magazine-sized comic contains Spanish translations of Star Wars #33 and 34.  Unfortunately, it is the last Star Wars comic they would published.

Star Wars: la Guerra de las Galaxias #8a - Ediciones Surco, Spain (December 1983)
Star Wars #33 and 34
This Spanish cover has all the same themes of the original Marvel cover.  Luke, wearing a yellow spacesuit, watches from an asteroid as the Rebel Fleet is led into danger by the Millennium Falcon piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca.  An explosion is shown just in front of the fleet and in the background looms a large planet.  Gone are the bright purple and red colors I love about the original Marvel cover, but instead we get a reddish planet more modest in size.  Also on the Spanish cover, the asteroid Luke stands on looks more alien and instead of Luke looking back at the fleet, he is peering ahead, ready to take action.  The explosion is more intense.  The blurb reads Choque de Sables! or Clash of Sabers! which is similar to the title for Star Wars #33, Saber Clash.

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