Sunday, June 26, 2016

Retro Foreign: Swedish Stjärnornas Krig Album #1

The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden all had Marvel Star Wars comics translated into their native language between 1977 and 1983 in album or trade paperback format.  Albums #1, 4, and 6 contain the Marvel movie adaptations.  Albums #2, 3, and 5 contain other early Marvel stories arcs heavily edited.

In Sweden, these albums were published using the Swedish name for Star Wars, Stjärnornas Krig.  Album #1 contains Star Wars #1 - 6.

Stjärnornas Krig Album #1a - Semic Press, Sweden (1977)
contains Star Wars #1 - 6
The art used for the cover for this album is from the Hildebrant Brothers which is based on the Tom Jung original Star Wars poster.  It make sense that the Hildebrant Brothers artwork is used on many comics and not Tom Jung's art; the direction for this version of the art was to make it "comic bookish".

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