Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dark Horse Comics Year-by-Year: 1993

Classic Star Wars #8a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 1993)
1993 was much like 1992 for the Star Wars comic line with a trickle of comics being published.  In 1992 Dark Horse published 2 Star Wars titles, Star Wars: Dark Empire and Classic Star Wars, for a total of 10 comics and in 1993 this would grow to 16 comics.  Out of those 16 comics, 10 were for the Classic Star Wars title which reprinted the Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson comic strips.  The final 6 Star Wars comics in 1993 were for the second most important Star Wars series at Dark Horse after Dark Empire, Tales of the Jedi.

Dark Horse Comics #7a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (February 1993)
Dark Horse Comics #8a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 1993)
Dark Horse Comics #9a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (April 1993)
Dark Horse Comics is a short lived anthology title that Dark Horse used to preview stories that would spin off into their own series.  Published from 1992 to 1994, this title ran for 25 issues and mostly contained stories for the various licenses Dark Horse held.  It should come as no surprise that two Star Wars titles were introduced in this anthology, the first of which is Tales of the Jedi.  Publish from February to April, Dark Horse Comics #7 - 9 contains a story titled The Saga of Nomi Sunrider part 1 which introduces new characters and situations approximately 4000 years before events in the movies, during the era of the Old Republic.  Nomi Sunrider is the wife of Jedi Knight Andur Sunrider and mother to infant Vima Sunrider.  In the story, her husband is murdered and Nomi uses her latent force powers to defeat the murderers.  By setting the story in a different era, Dark Horse opened up new possibilities for Star Wars storytelling.  No longer were stories confined to the main Star Wars characters or the time of the original trilogy and readers were eager to embrace these new characters and periods.

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (October 1993)
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 1993)
In October, 6 months after Dark Horse Comics #9 was released, Tales of the Jedi #1 was published.  This 5-part mini-series is broken into 2 stories.  The first story titled Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beast Wars of Onderon takes place in issue #1 and 2.  Set in the same time period of The Saga of Nomi Sunrider part 1, it introduces several Jedi that would be used in later Tales of the Jedi mini-series.  Tales of the Jedi #3, published in December, kicks off the 3-part The Saga of Nomi Sunrider story.  Issue #3 reprints the first part of the story from Dark Horse Comics #7 - 9.

TitleIssueCover PriceDate
Classic Star Wars6$2.50January 1993
Classic Star Wars7$2.50February 1993
Dark Horse Comics7$2.50February 1993
Dark Horse Comics8$2.50March 1993
Classic Star Wars8$2.50April 1993
Dark Horse Comics9$2.50April 1993
Classic Star Wars9$2.50May 1993
Classic Star Wars10$2.50July 1993
Classic Star Wars11$2.50August 1993
Classic Star Wars12$2.50September 1993
Classic Star Wars13$2.50October 1993
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi1$2.50October 1993
Classic Star Wars14$2.50November 1993
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi2$2.50November 1993
Classic Star Wars15$2.50December 1993
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi3$2.50December 1993

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