Saturday, January 7, 2017

Retro Foreign: Indonesian Star Wars: Perang Antar Planet

Perang Antar Planet or A War Between the Planets is another digest-sized comic published in Indonesia.  Like many of the other Indonesian Star Wars digests from Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung, this comic contains two stories.  The cover and lead story says Star Wars, but the science fiction tale is not a Star Wars story.  It has a registration date of 24-10-1980.  Like Star Wars: Planet Liar, I believe they re-purposed a science fiction story and called it a Star Wars story presumably to sell more comics.  Since so many different digests have surfaced in Indonesia, Star Wars must have been popular there.  The backup story in this comic is dated 2-4-1974 and this comic was probably published in the early 1980s.

Star Wars: Perang Antar Planet a - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung, Indonesia (1980s)
original cover
The artist for this cover is the same artist that drew the cover for Star Wars: Planet Liar.  The art features a nice depiction of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.  There are two spaceships in the background, but neither are recognizable from Star Wars.  Chewbacca's feet are drawn very monkey-like.  Overall, it is a nice cover but, unfortunately, there is no Star Wars story inside this comic.

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