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Remastered and Oversized Adaptations of Marvel’s Star Wars Coming in 2015.

CoverTheForce.net is reporting that the original Marvel Comic adaptations of the Original Trilogy will return to comic shops in a new oversized edition with remastered coloring.

 

 

From TheForce.net:

It all starts this May as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn for the modern age as STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE makes it’s triumphant return to comic shops!

 

“When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015.”

 
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The story written by Roy Thomas with art by Howard Chaykin is expected to include scenes that never made the original cut of the movies. The all-new coloring is by Chris Sotomayor.

 

*Image credit: Rebelscum.com

 

 

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  • Dan

    nobody wants that crappy old shitty marvel comics. We want new canon adventures!

    • darth fernal

      Speak for yourself. And they’re not crap. I suspect you’re barely even aware of the classic MArvel Star Wars series, so pipe down.

  • Dasweallycool

    Yeah, don’t wanna be a party pooper Dan.. I actually like this new style of colouring..I kinda wish they’d update some of the other comics.. iron man and such. I’d actually think about buying this..

    • darth fernal

      Personally, I dislike the modern colour which obliterstes the line work. As you can see from the first panel, the illustration is nearly completely blown out in favour of a cgi depiction.
      Whatever it’s drawbacks or perceived faults ( to me it’s fine ), the original brushwork and colour work is an important part of the comic’s visual language – I do not see the need for an update. If you’re going to update the colour, why not update everything else? It’s ridiculous imho.

  • Retrotek

    I love the coloring of the original versions. It captures the spirit of what Star Wars as it was then, before this new generation grew up expecting movies and entertainment to be their surrogate reality.

  • Some of the recoloured Marvel superhero comics based on 1970s and 1980s line art have been gorgeous. I’m not one who believes complex digital colouring is by default always preferred to flat colours, but some ‘new visions’ have been fantastic. I loved the Dark Horse revisions of the earlier Marvel Conan the Barbarian issues, but they did offend Conan comics purists. Fair enough.

  • Theo16

    “is expected to include scenes that never made the original cut of the movies.”

    Is expected? Those scenes have been in there for 37 years…

    • SKYWATER

      the scenes in the beginning where Luke looks up at the sky & then goes to Toshi station to meet his friends & talk ti Biggs Darklighter who is going of to join the rebellion, should never have been cut from the movie. It gives him more backstory & also it makes not´sense when Luke meets Biggs before the attack on the death star”you made it” when they cut out Biggs from the beginning of the movie.

      I love that it is included in the comic adaptation :)

      (ps. if someone has not seen the deleted scenes you can find them on youtube)

  • Anonymous

    So they are making a “special edition” of the old Star Wars…carful marvel….if you start adding random rocks and junk we will know. Us Star Wars fans have been down this road before! Lol. In all seriousness, this looks cool. Not really for me but I’m sure collectors will love it!

  • Anonymous

    Never cared for Howard Chaykin’s work. Plus, I’m 49 and well beyond caring about the old Marvel comics. Al Williamson’s work on the other hand is amazing. RIP…

  • Don Jon

    How interesting.

  • Dartholomew

    Isn’t anyone else bothered by the obvious attempt to make the characters NOT look like the actors who have played them? I pray this is not an attempt to reboot at some point….SW is the one franchise that you can never….NEVER do that with…please!

    • darth fernal

      This is not a new comic in case you’re wondering. I don’t understand your point. The interior illustrations done by Chaykin are still the originals from 1977.

      • Dartholomew

        I thought it was going to be the same style, but redrawn. Ok…so I still don’t like that the characters look like compltely different people, and not the actors that played them.

  • Redharvest 78

    This looks great. I loved the old Marvel comics when they came out, but after seeing Al Williamson’s work I always felt they could have done Episode 4 better. The coloring here looks cool. Looking forward to seeing this.

    • Dartholomew

      The coloring is perfect….but making the characters not look like the original actors, is insulting IMO.

      • Anonymous

        They didn’t change how the characters look from the original.

        • Dartholomew

          Ok…so regardless….you can’t tell me that those characters look like the actors that played them. I think the artist should have made them look like Harrison, Mark, and Carrie…etc etc.

          • Anonymous

            They never seemed to make them look like the actors. In all 80+ comics, it was like that. I was never fond of that. Dark Horse did the same thing. Their first set of comics had horrible artwork when it came to the characters.

  • darth fernal

    This is disappointing – I do not want the remastered colouring. The colouring, like the inkwork were befitting of its time – that’s why I’d want to buy it.
    Modern colouring in comics overpowers the beauty of the black and white line work. This is extremely disappointing.

  • darth fernal

    Can someone please confirm that these are NOT the oversized COLLECTED Editions ( beginning with STAR WARS and its follow up Marvel comics ) due in Early 2015.
    I would also like a confirmation as to whether they are being re-coloured or not.
    If they are, count me OUT.

  • Chicken

    I like cake

  • Anonymous

    Never bought one comic book. But I’m in!

  • Anonymous

    This is exactly how they did the Revenge Of The Sith comic.
    Scene from scene ..no originality at all.

  • Retrotek

    I’m starting to wish Disney had bought DC instead of Marvel.

  • DarthDisney

    To those of you who want the original coloring, it’s still out there. I think this is meant to be nothing more than a fun alternative to that, rather than a replacement. …Nothing to get all worked up about.

    I owned the two oversized Marvel adaptations back in ’77 (as well as the smaller paperback book version), but they got all beat up and eventually lost or something. Now I have all those old Marvel comics in the form of trade paperbacks, but I may just ‘re-buy’ them simply for the ‘novelty’ of the more ‘modern’ coloring technique applied to the original inking. Especially if one of the covers is by Greg Hildebrandt.

    I too never really liked Chaykin’s style, which always seemed a bit too loose and sloppy for my taste, with too many proportion problems. He was under a tight deadline when he did the original film’s adaptation, and so Rick Hoberg ended up helping out with the penciling and inking for the whole Death Star battle in the last issue, and by comparison his work is a lot cleaner and pleasing to the eye, IMO.

    Yes, it’s annoying whenever comic book artists don’t draw the characters to recognizably look like the actors who play them onscreen, but at least back when these first issues where being created, Star Wars had yet to become a phenomenon, so there should be just a little forgiveness there for the artists when you take that into consideration.

    Heck, even when Greg and Tim Hildebrandt painted the original 1977 SW poster, they were told by the agency that commissioned them not to worry about making the faces of Luke and Leia look like the actors, because the movie probably wasn’t going to be that big of a hit anyway!

  • Lord Blech

    If you want a sneak peak of those “scenes that never made the cut” in Star Wars (or The Empire Strikes Back), look around the net for the National Radio broadcast of the Star Wars radio drama. I downloaded them prior to a certain Pirate place getting shut down. Some of the scenes include…

    A New Hope – Prior to Leia being attacked by the Star Destroyer (at the beginning of IV) the mission that got her in hot water with the Empire where she downloaded the secret plans.

    ANH – Luke hanging out with his friends on Tatooine and using his macrobinoculars to watch the fight between said Star Destroyer and Leia’s ship.

    ANH – Biggs returning to Tatooine to tell Luke that he’s going to join the Rebels.

    ANH – The Jabba scene with Han (quite different than the special edition in the voicing of Jabba but pretty much the same dialogue)

    EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – A whole ton of stuff as the Rebels are settling on Hoth, including a Rebel ship destroyed by the Empire during transit to Hoth.

    ESB – The Snow Beast (it was Whompa, wasn’t it) problem with the Rebel Base

    ESB – 3PO’s fight with the droid who tries to assign him to maintenance

    Yeah, the movies had a much longer script than was actually produced and the radio dramas were able to produce the entirety. I actually remember listening to them when I was a kid (as do many, as it was the highest rated radio program of all time in several countries).

    Give them a search. I think even YouTube has them.

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    Later folks

  • DarthDisney

    Despite the Luke / Biggs stuff that was written and filmed for ANH and then ultimately cut, the original trilogy scripts were not as long as you make it sound. Don’t get me wrong, I love the radio dramas. I too heard ANH when it originally aired on the radio, and I own the boxed set of CDs, as well as the paperback versions of Brian Daley’s scripts. I just wanted to clarify that it was Daley’s idea to include all the extra scenes, like Leia on Alderaan, etc. That stuff was not ‘cut’ from the movie scripts.