Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Retro Blackthorne: Star Wars 3-D #1

Blackthorne Publishing released Star Wars 3D #1 in December 1987 with a cover blurb announcing it as the 10th Anniversary Series!  This first issue sold well enough that Blackthorne went back to print in the summer of 1988.  The second print is shown in the indicia on the first page.  Additionally, there are two different back covers for the second print.

Star Wars 3-D #1a - Blackthorne Publishing, U.S. (December 1987)
The first print has a back cover with an ad for Transformers 3-D #2.

Star Wars 3-D #1a - Blackthorne Publishing, U.S. (December 1987)
Transformer 3-D comic ad on back cover
One of the second prints has a back cover with an ad for a Rambo III 3-D comic.

Star Wars 3-D #1b - Blackthorne Publishing, U.S. (Summer 1988)
2nd print
Rambo III 3-D comic ad on back cover
The other second print shows an ad for the Michael Jackson Moonwalker 3-D comic on the back cover.  Interestingly, it is the licensing of the Moonwalker 3-D comic that was a major contributor to Blackthorne Publishing's eventually demise.

Star Wars 3-D #1c - Blackthorne Publishing, U.S. (Summer 1988)
2nd print
Michael Jackson Moonwalker 3-D comic ad on back cover
It took me several years of hunting to find the Moonwalker variant of this comic.

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