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Special Order – takes 3-4 weeks! 1979-80. Highly Recommended. By Russ Manning, Steve Gerber et al. Art by Manning, Dave Stevens, Alfredo Alcala et al. The first of three volumes that present, for the first time ever, the classic Star Wars newspaper strip from 1979-1984 in its complete format — including each Sunday title header and “bonus” panels in their meticulously restored original color. Initially the color Sundays and black and white 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. Outstanding art. IDW, 2017.

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The first of three volumes that present, for the first time ever, the classic Star Wars newspaper strip from 1979-1984 in its complete format — including each Sunday title header and “bonus” panels in their meticulously restored original color. Initially the color Sundays and black and white 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. Outstanding art.

Russ brought in some excellent artists to help him, including those mentioned above, like (surprise) Dave Stevens, which we include a sample scan of here. There’s also a wonderfully illustrated intro “Remembering Russ Manning” by Henry Franke, the editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles. Plus there is a second introduction that details the success of the Marvel Comics series and how that led into this special strip, a throwback to the hallowed days of great adventure strips in the newspapers.

Russ Manning had proved his skill with science fiction with his beloved Magnus Robot Fighter. And he’d just come off his long run on the Tarzan syndicated page, so his ability with anatomy, muscled men, beautiful women, and bizarre creatures, was proven. He was a perfect choice to take the Star Wars legend and run with the ball for these new adventures.

Volume One contains 575 sequential comic strips from the strip’s premiere on March 11, 1979 to October 5, 1980.>

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