Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End

The novel Han Solo at Stars' End, written by Brian Daley, was released in April 1979.  It is the second Expanded Universe novel after Splinter of the Mind's Eye released the previous year.  The novel focuses on Han and Chewbacca, before the events of A New Hope, and takes place in the Corporate Sector, a section of space outside Imperial control in the Outer Rim.

From October 6, 1980 through February 9, 1981, Han Solo at Stars' End was adapted to a newspaper strip by Archie Goodwin and Alfredo Alcala.  Dark Horse would reformat and color this newspaper strip to create a 3 part mini-series titled Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Star's End.

Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 1997)
reprints newspaper strip
Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 1997)
reprints newspaper strip
Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars' End #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (May 1997)
reprints newspaper strip
The covers for this series are incredible.  Issue #1 has Han Solo and Chewbacca in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and is the best cover in the series.  Issue #2's cover shows many of the main heroes from the novel, with the droid Bollux, the female Trianni Aturre, and her cub Pakka joining Han and Chewbacca.  The cover for issue #3 shows Han fighting with the Star's End administrator's body guard Uul-Rhan-Shan.

Marvel has a new Han Solo mini-series coming out this summer.

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