Sunday, September 11, 2016

Retro Foreign: Hungarian Star Wars #33

In many foreign countries content from various Dark Horse titles were translated and collected into a single title for local readers.  This is the case for the Star Wars title that ran for 82 issues from 1997 to 2011 in Hungary by Semic Interprint.  Semic Interprint was accustomed to publishing Marvel superhero stories but was impacted by Marvel's bankruptcy and in 1997 turned to licensing comic material from other U.S. publishers, including Dark Horse and Image.

The first 6 issues of the Hungarian Star Wars title contains Dark Empire and Dark Empire II.  This was followed by 2 issues of the Splinters of the Mind's Eye, 6 issues of the first two Timothy Zahn Thrawn book adaptations, and 2 issues of the standalone stories for Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Queen Amidala, and Qui-Gonn Jinn from The Phantom Menace movie tie-in one-shots.  The first Star Wars Tales or Star Wars Mesék translation was in issue #17.  The title continues to collect various Dark Horse titles, including Star Wars Tales for all 82 issues.  Issue #33, published in December 2002, contains the content from Star Wars Tales #9, including the 50-page Resurrection story that has Darth Vader battling Darth Maul.

Star Wars #33a - Semic Interprint, Hungary (December 2002)
With issue #5 of Star Wars Tales, Dark Horse began publishing two covers, a photo and art cover.  The Hungarian Star Wars #33 uses the photo cover for their translation of the issue.

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