Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Comic Connection: Star Wars (1977) #8 and Star Wars (2015) #1 Party Variant

Jaxxon first appeared in Star Wars #8, hired by Han Solo to join his group of Starhoppers to protect a village on Aduba-3 from Serji-X Arrogantus and his band of Cloud Riders.  Unfortunately for Jaxxon, his being a 6 foot tall green rabbit that wears a red jumpsuit and is proficient with laser guns hasn't endeared him to everyone.  Some see him as a cool character, ala Rocket Raccoon, while others liken him to Jar Jar Binks.  More than any other character from the period, Jaxxon represents the silliness that several fans attribute to Marvel's original Star Wars title.

Star Wars #8a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 1978)
Apparently Marvel seems to agree with those who feel Jaxxon is a joke.  Offered to retails who hosted a Star Wars #1 launch party in January 2015, a variant cover was produced that pokes fun at the character.  Standing on one side of a door is Jaxxon while holding the door shut on him are Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3P0, and R2-D2.  The artwork is done by John Tyler Christopher who is better known for his artwork on the Star Wars action figure covers.

Star Wars #1n - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2015)
Party variant
There is a Star Wars #1 party sketch variant as well which was given out 2 per store that hosted the launch party.

Star Wars #1o - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2015)
Party sketch variant

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