Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Modern Marvel: Newbury Comics Star Wars Exclusives

Newbury Comics is based in Boston, Massachusetts where it opened its first store in 1978.  It operates 29 stores in the Northeastern United States.  While its main focus shifted from comics to music early on, it still sells comics.  Newbury Comics had four Star Wars exclusive covers in 2015.

Star Wars #1aj - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2015)
Newbury Comics exclusive
David Petersen, creator of the critically acclaimed Mouse Guard, provides the exclusive cover art for Star Wars #1.  Petersen's printmaking style of illustration is apropos for the interior of the Mos Eisley Cantina.  The background characters shown are an Ithorian, a Duros, an Aqualish, and a Talz.  In Cantina denizens the foreground are the Rodian, Greedo, and the Chadra-Fan, Kabe.  I thought it was a missed opportunity that Petersen did not draw the Ranat, Reegesk, since that character looks like his creations in the Mouse Guard title.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1m - Marvel Comics, U.S. (February 2015)
Newbury Comics exclusive
The artwork for the Darth Vader #1 exclusive cover is by Salvador Larroca who also provides the interior artwork for this 25 issue series.  There is a scene inside where Darth Vader confronts Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett is lurking in the background, but Vader and Fett never face off like is shown on the cover.

Star Wars: Lando #1n - Marvel Comics, U.S. (July 2015)
Newbury Comics exclusive
The Lando #1 exclusive cover shows a situation that never appears in the comic.  Lando Calrissian is sitting on a stack of credits in what appears to be a vault.  Just outside the vault are Stormtroopers while Vader approaches Lando.  Next to Vader is an IT-O interrogation droid.  The artwork is by Mike Mayhew.

Star Wars: Vader Down #1ak - Marvel Comics, U.S. (November 2015)
Newbury Comics exclusive
Tony Harris' artwork on the cover for the Vader Down #1 exclusive looks like it could be used on a paperback novel.  The character montage also looks very similar to the work provided by the great Drew Struzan who did many posters for Star Wars.

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