Saturday, February 11, 2017

Retro Foreign: Australian Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Between 1983 and 1986 Federal Publishing Company published U.S. comics under the Federal Comics imprint for Australian readers.  They published the Return of the Jedi movie adaptation in 1983 based on Marvel Super Special #27.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi a - Federal Publishing Company, Australia (1983)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi a - Federal Publishing Company, Australia (1983)
back cover
Both the front and back covers artwork is the same as the Marvel Super Special edition.  In the upper left hand corner, a black box with the text A Federal Super Special replaces A Marvel Super Special No. 27.  Additionally, the price has been changed from $2.50 USD to $1.95 AUS.  In the lower left hand corner the UPC symbol has been replaced with a black box.  Unlike the U.S. version, the Australian issue has a thicker, cardboard cover stock.

Side-by-side comparison of U.S. to Australian edition

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