Thursday, May 26, 2016

Retro Marvel: Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Return of the Jedi

Like The Empire Strikes Back adaptation, Al Williamson provides his considerable talent to the art for the Return of the Jedi adaptation.  Probably less known is Carlos Garzón assisted Al Williamson on both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  Garzón is a comic book artist from Colombia who has worked on numerous titles for Marvel and DC.

The cover art used for the Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Return of the Jedi does not match the exquisite interior art provided by the collaboration between Williamson and Garzón.

Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Return of the Jedi - Marvel Comics, U.S. (1983)
Marie Severin provided the pencils and Frank Giacoia the inks for the cover of this paperback.  Compared to the interior art, this cover falls short.  It features Luke Skywalker in his Jedi outfit, brandishing his lightsaber.  In the sparse background is a damaged Jabba's Sail Barge as well as Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2.  Luke and C-3PO look like they are floating above the ground.  The art is competent, but not very detailed or interesting.  It is possible the art was rushed because of the lead time needed to get paperbacks published and distributed.  This same art is used on the cover of the Marvel Comics Return of the Jedi trade paperback.  In comparison, the art on the cover of Marvel Super Special #27 is detailed and looks like it could be used as a poster.  Interestingly, in both pieces the main characters of Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian are absent.

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