Anthony Daniels’ C-3PO, the Star Wars human-cyborg relations protocol droid, was the comic relief of the original Star Wars trilogy. On re-watching classic Star Wars it is surprising how many laugh-out-loud scenes he has. C-3PO has appeared in all seven Star Wars films, as a rusty, corroded android, sometimes all shiny gold and spruced-up, and in the prequels without any gold plating at all.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens he appears with a red right arm until the end of the film when his golden arm returns. So why the red arm? Was he some kind of undercover spy for the Resistance, sporting the red of Captain Phasma and the latest fleet of TIE Fighters? We will find out the story behind his red arm in a new Marvel Comics series beginning next month, with Star Wars Special: C-3PO, Issue #1.
Writer James Robinson and artist Tony Harris are teaming up for the first time in more than 20 years to create the new monthly series. Keep an eye out for seven covers: a regular cover by Tony Harris, a red arm spotlight cover by Harris, an action figure variant cover by John Tyler Christopher, variants by Reilly Brown and Todd Nauck, a movie photo cover and a blank cover.
Check out these preview pages of Tony Harris’s artwork from Star Wars Special: C-3PO, Issue #1:
Look for Star Wars Special: C-3PO, Issue #1 at Elite Comics in March 2016, or at a comic book store near you.