Thursday, April 28, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Wizard Ace Edition #13 - Star Wars: Dark Empire #1

From 1996 through 2005, Wizard published 33 Wizard Ace Edition comics.  These are reprints of key comics from several eras with a card stock cover over-laid with an Acetate (clear plastic) cover also adorn with art.  Issue #13 was released in 1997 and reprints Star Wars: Dark Empire #1 and is a mail-away comic advertised in Wizard magazine #67.

Wizard Ace Edition #13a - Wizard, U.S. (1997)
reprints Star Wars: Dark Empire #1
The cover is a slight variation of the one used on Dark Horse Classics - Star Wars: Dark Empire #1.  It has the modified painting of a younger Princess Leia that was not used on the original Dark Empire #1 cover although she is modified yet again to make it look like her body is turned further away from the reader.  The main characters are larger and centered on the cover, and much of the background scene with the AT-ATs is covered.  A X-Wing Fighter is now drawn in the background, possibly taken from the cover of Dark Empire #6, as well as the visage of The Emperor, which might be from the cover of Dark Empire #5.  The art is very close to the art on Dark Empire #1, but upon closer inspection, it looks like to be another painting entirely.

Star Wars: Dark Empire #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 1991)
Dark Horse Classics - Star Wars: Dark Empire #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 1997)
reprints Star Wars: Dark Empire #1

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