Thursday, November 17, 2016

Retro Foreign: Brazilian O Incrivel Hulk #33

The cover for O Incrivel Hulk #33 from Brazilian publisher Editora Abril is a combination of art from 3 U.S. cover.  The interior story is from the fabulous 2-part story published in Star Wars #51 and 52.  The cover declares Traição a Darth Vader or Betrayal of Darth Vader.

O Incrivel Hulk #33a - Editora Abril, Brazil (March 1986)
contains Star Wars #51 and 52
The Darth Vader head is taken from the cover of Star Wars #39, the first part of the 6-part The Empire Strikes Back adaptation.

Star Wars #39a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (September 1980)
The body and arms for Darth Vader are from the cover of Star Wars #52.  Notice from halfway down Darth Vader's chest plate, the art differs.  Undoubtedly this was modified to allow the different pieces of art to overlap seemlessly.

Star Wars #52a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (October 1981)
The two Rebels are Luke Skywalker and Shira Brie; they, along with the Stormtroopers, are taken from the cover of Star Wars #57.  Shira is not firing her blaster like she is on the original cover.  She is also not shown in the story since her first appearance is in Star Wars #56.

Star Wars #57a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (March 1982)
This is not the only Star Wars cover from O Incrivel Hulk that is a mash up of art from different comics.  Granted, borrowing art is cheaper than commissioning new art, but it is not entirely clear why Editora Abril felt this was necessary.  The cover for Star Wars #51 contains plenty of action with Luke battling an AT-ST.  And if they felt Vader was necessary for sales, the cover for Star Wars #52 has a terrific cover featuring Darth Vader by Walt Simonson.  Regardless, it is these types of modifications that makes foreign comic collecting so interesting.

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