Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Retro Foreign: Star Wars Weekly Adaptation Droid Covers (12 Days of C-3PO and R2-D2 Covers)

Celebrating day eleven of the twelve days of C-3PO and R2-D2 covers!

While there is a dearth of droids on the U.S. covers of the adaptation of Star Wars, the U.K. Star Wars Weekly has four covers that show C-3PO and R2-D2.

Star Wars Weekly #2a - Marvel Comics, England (February 15, 1978)
contains second half of Star Wars #1
The cover for Star Wars Weekly #2 shows the Sand People attacking Luke Skywalker.  R2-D2 is in the foreground and C-3PO, sans arm, is shown sitting on a rock in the background.

Star Wars Weekly #4a - Marvel Comics, England (February 29, 1978)
contains second half of Star Wars #2
1978 was not a leap year, so it is funny seeing February 29th on the cover for Star Wars Weekly #4.  The actual date should be March 1, 1978.

The cover shows a more harrowing escape from the Star Destroyers near Tatooine than was shown in the movie.  In the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon are Luke, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO, and R2-D2.  Luke's bravado fits with his character at this point in the story.

Star Wars Weekly #8a - Marvel Comics, England (March 29, 1978)
contains second half of Star Wars #4
Star Wars Weekly #8 shows the duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan.  Overseeing the battle are C-3PO and R2-D2.  Visages for Luke and Han are superimposed on a drawing of Chewbacca.  Obi-Wan's robe is uncolored as well as Luke's hair.  Overall it is a confusing cover made more so because of inconsistent shadowing beneath the characters.

Star Wars Weekly #10a - Marvel Comics, England (April 12, 1978)
contains second half of Star Wars #5
The cover for Star Wars Weekly #10 is both cool and odd.  The hidden fortress mentioned on the cover is the Rebel base on Yavin 4.  The heroes are riding a troop transport into the Massassi Temple.  Why there are weapons aimed at the heroes and why they look prepared to fight is unknown.

R2-D2 is also shown and mentioned on the cover of Star Wars Weekly #11.  While the droids are not the focus on any of these covers, it is nice to see they were not forgotten.

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