Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope and long before we had any guess about what might happen in the prequel trilogy, George Lucas, for good or bad, retooled all three episodes of the Star Wars trilogy into the Star Wars Special Edition theatrical release. Between January and March 1997 the world got to “see the movies again for the first time” and was reminded where the word blockbuster actually came from. Now Marvel Comics is following suit with its own look back to original Star Wars source material.
Marvel Comics is releasing two new versions of Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin’s original six-issue adaptation of the original Star Wars. This is the classic adaptation that saw its first chapter, Issue #1, released before the movie hit theaters.
The first volume is being released today: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. The OGN is for “oversized graphic novel” but the value in this book is the restoration, George Lucas style, of Howard Chaykin’s original artwork via a replacement of Marie Severin’s original 1970s colors with Chris Sotomayor’s update of the six-issue movie adaptation into a more modern color scheme. Adi Granov supplies the new cover art for this edition. Marvel said it will soon release similar editions of its adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check out a preview of the new look at a classic movie adaptation below.
IDW Publishing and Marvel Comics announced this week a second treatment of the same Star Wars comic book adaptation. The Star Wars Artist’s Edition will be consistent with past IDW “artist’s edition” offerings, showcasing the original comic book pencil and ink art behind the series in high quality color reprints of the original, giant-sized page format that the artists sketched the artwork.