Monday, July 18, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition Act III Theatres Exclusive Trade Paperback

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars, the Star Wars movies were updated and re-released to theaters as the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.  Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition was released in January 1997.  Changes to the movie included Greedo shooting first at Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina and the addition of a digital Jabba the Hutt's confronting Han Solo in the hangar bay.  Dark Horse took the opportunity to publish a Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition 4-part mini-series with all new art as well as the inclusion of these alterations.  Simultaneously with the release of the first issue of the mini-series, Dark Horse released a trade paperback version.

Act III Theaters was a movie chain that existed from 1986 through 1998 and operated in the Pacific Northwest and Texas.  Dark Horse published 10,000 copies of the trade paperback with an exclusive cover for Act III Theatres to give away to patrons.

Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition Trade Paperback - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (January 1997)
Act III Theatres exclusive
The cover art used is one of the logos for the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition with an image of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO, and R2-D2 in bronze.  This logo was used on a wide variety of Star Wars merchandise in 1997 including: a poster, a puzzle, trading cards, music CDs, and the VHS boxed set of the movies.

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