Sunday, August 7, 2016

Retro Foreign: German Krieg der Sterne (Williams-Verlag)

Williams-Verlag is the first publisher to bring Star Wars comics to German readers.  Published one month after Star Wars debut in German theaters, Krieg der Sterne #1 and 2 are 60 page magazine-sized comic with each issue containing half the movie adaptation from Star Wars #1 - 6.  Issue #3, the final issue of the series, is 68 pages long and contains Star Wars #7 - 10.  Several pages were excluded from this third issue to fit four 17 page U.S. comics.  Krieg der Sterne #1 and 2 are priced at 3.50 deutsche mark while the larger #3 is priced at 4.50 deutsche mark.  Six months after the final issue was published, the three comics were collected into a bargain-priced comic titled Marvel-Extra Krieg der Sterne #1 for only 3.50 deutsche mark.  This collection contains the three complete comics, including covers, inside a new cover wrapping.  Like many foreign countries, it is probable these were returned issues bound into the collection.

Krieg der Sterne #1 uses the same cover as Star Wars #1.

Krieg der Sterne #1a - Williams-Verlag, Germany (March 1978)
Star Wars #1 - 3
Krieg der Sterne #2 uses the same cover as Star Wars #5.

Krieg der Sterne #2a - Williams-Verlag, Germany (April 1978)
Star Wars #4 - 6
Krieg der Sterne #3 uses the same cover as Star Wars #7.

Krieg der Sterne #3a - Williams-Verlag, Germany (May 1978)
Star Wars #7 - 10
Marvel-Extra Krieg der Sterne #1's outer cover contains new art not seen in U.S. comics.

Marvel-Extra Krieg der Sterne #1a - Williams-Verlag, Germany (November 1978)
Star Wars #1 - 10
Collects Krieg der Sterne #1 - 3
Heavy paper stock was used making each issue heavier than expected.  Because of the large magazine size, finding high grade copies is harder than finding high grade copies of the U.S. issues.

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