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IDW Publishing Presents ‘Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 1’

There’s a lot on my plate today so the intro copy is simple once again. It’s here to line out the couple of days old press release from our friends at IDW Publishing and this awesome new tome that they will be delivering in “Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic”. Take a look at the press release below.

The Press Release:
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the first Star Wars film this May, IDW Publishing and the multi award-winning imprint, Library of American Comics present Volume One of Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic which contains 575 sequential strips from its premiere run March 11, 1979 to October 5, 1980. Included are every Sunday’s title header and “bonus” panels in meticulously restored original color, making this the first-ever complete collection of this comics classic as they originally appeared. During the five years Star Wars Comics first appeared, early fans were treated to a total of twenty-seven storylines that remain some of the best “Classic Star Wars” era tales ever told.

In this first of three volumes, a stunning image of Darth Vader graces the cover and the most beloved original Star Wars characters journey through space along with new characters in new worlds never seen in the feature films. These daily adventure comic strips brought all the action of the movie directly into people’s homes for the first time.

Greg Goldstein, IDW Publishing’s President and COO, says, “Some of these strips have been reprinted in other formats, but, like many of our other LOAC collections, this is the first fully complete, chronological collection of the strips as they originally appeared when they graced the morning papers nearly 40 years ago.”

Initially the color Sundays and B&W dailies told separate stories, but within six months the incomparable Russ Manning merged the adventures to tell brand new epic seven-days-a-week sagas that rivaled the best science fiction comics of all time. When the strip launched, Russ Manning accurately predicted that “People today can’t get enough science fiction, especially if it is original and full of creative adventure. The Star Wars characters are like Mickey Mouse. They will be loved forever.” These strips reflect a simpler time in the franchise’s history and are a “must-have” for both the hardcore and casual Star Wars fan. The books are produced under license, and in cooperation with Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I must admit that my own memory of this newspaper strip eludes me but that’s alright because I was reading the monthly comic at the time and probably not really paying attention to the newspapers as often as I could have. This is forty years ago we are talking about so I had other things on my youthful mind. I am psyched to find the series being presented in such a fashion though since its going to look great on the bookshelf and sit nicely next to related materials. What a perfect thing to arrive just before “Star Wars Day” as the celebrations begin for the classic films milestone anniversary. It’s also reasonably priced for the first volume and I’ve linked to for you to purchase it as a pre-order immediately after reading this one. The cover looks nice for sure and features Lord Vader but I am sad that they didn’t offer up any interior pages for the purpose of posting. A couple of the strips would have worked out well for that. So, what do you folks think? Is this one going to be on your reading list? Don’t forget to add it to the Good Reads app if you do. Until next time.

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