Sunday, April 9, 2017

Retro Foreign: French Canadian Édition du Trésor: la Guerre des Étoiles #105 and 106

Canada is made up of ten provinces; eight are majority English speaking, New Brunswick is bilingual with two-thirds English speaking, and Quebec is majority French speaking.  Les Éditions Héritage is a Quebec publisher that translated Marvel's Star Wars comics for the French speaking Canadians.  All three original trilogy movies were released in differing formats.  The Star Wars adaptation was first published as two treasury-sized comics and later in standard sized issues in the Marvel Trois-Dans-Un la Guerre des Étoiles title.  The Empire Strikes Back was published in a slightly larger than paperback sized book and The Return of the Jedi was released as two standard sized comics.

Les Éditions Héritage published 9 issues in their Édition de Trésor or Treasury Edition title from 1976 to 1978.  These comics are translations of U.S. treasuries from Marvel Comics and two of the issues, #105 and 106, are translations of the Marvel Special Edition Featuring Star Wars #1 and 2.  This title starts its number with issue #101, hence the numbers for the two Star Wars issues.

Édition de Trésor la Guerre des Étoiles #105a - les Éditions Héritage, Canada (Winter 1978)
Édition de Trésor la Guerre des Étoiles #106a - les Éditions Héritage, Canada (Spring 1978)
The covers use the same artwork as the U.S. editions they translate.  Star Wars is in both English and Canadian.

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