Thursday, May 12, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars Walmart Exclusive Trade Paperbacks

In 1995 the unaltered Star Wars Trilogy was released on VHS "... One Last Time."  In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars, the Star Wars movies were digitally remastered and had additions and digital effect changes made to them.  The updated movies are called the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition and these versions of the movies played in movie theaters in early 1997.  In 2004 the original trilogy was updated yet again for release on DVD.  The effects that were inserted for the Special Editions, such as Jabba the Hutt's confrontation with Han Solo in the Mos Eisley hangar, were altered with updated digital effects.  Other changes were made to have the movies line up with the Star Wars prequels, such as inserting Ian McDiarmid in The Empire Strikes Back and Hayden Christensen in the Return of the Jedi.  These 2004 versions of the Star Wars movies were released on DVD in 2006.  For a limited time, from September 12 to December 31, Walmart sold each movie individually in an exclusive boxed set.  Each boxed set contains the 2004 and the original version of the movie as well as a trade paperback.

Star Wars Trade Paperback - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2006)
Walmart exclusive
The Star Wars Walmart exclusive trade paperback has the same cover as Marvel Star Wars #1 from 1977.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Trade Paperback - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2006)
Walmart exclusive
The Empire Strikes Back Walmart exclusive trade paperback uses the same cover as The Marvel Illustrated Version of the Empire Strikes Back paperback.  This same cover is also used for Marvel Super Special #16.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Trade Paperback - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2006)
Walmart exclusive
The Walmart exclusive for Return of the Jedi uses the same cover as Marvel Super Special #27.

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