The Retelling of ‘Star Wars’ in This Decades Old Chinese Comic Book is Simply Stunning!
Back in the 1980’s, a few Chinese publishers released comic book adaptations of George Lucas’ blockbuster smash hit film Star Wars.
One Chinese retelling was packed with illustrations showing scenes from the famous 1977 blockbuster film. However, beyond Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2 and a few other characters, the book was vastly different from the movie’s storyline. This is by far one of the most interesting movie adaptations ever created. You’ve got to see this!
Titled Xing Qiu Da Zhan (Chinese for “Star Wars”), is a fantastic comic book film adaption that was unearthed by Maggie Greene, an assistant history professor at Montana State University. Lost for decades, Maggie accidentally unearthed the book at the Shanghai book fair back in 2010 and later decided to tweet a few photos from the pages of the book. The original tweet gained so much notoriety and overwhelmingly enthusiastic support from followers, she later decided to scan and post the whole volume of photos.
The comic book, originally published in 1980, was vastly different from what was produced in the United States during that time. Xing Qiu Da Zhan features single images accompanied by short descriptions that look like a picture book. It draws on a Chinese tradition dating back to the early 20th century.
The comic gets some of the plot of George’s film correct, but the general outline has some very strange and unusual differences. One scene involves Darth Vader ordering a scanning crew full of Mandalorian’s that are dispatched to complete a search of a spacecraft.
Another scene shows the deep bowels of what is supposed to be the enormous interior of the Death Star. This image looks oddly like a scene from Star Trek: The Motion Pictures Starfleet Headquarters.
Yet another scene involves a meeting room on the “Death Star,” which has Darth Vader staring at star map that shows the “Kennedy Space Center”.
Regardless of the interesting direction that the comic book takes, it doesn’t distract you from taking in the beautiful and stunning Chinese art. It’s one wild an interesting take on the Star Wars we all know and love….
But Wait, There’s More!
Thanks to Nick Stember, a translator and historian of Chinese comics and science fiction, the complete 142 pages of the Chinese adaption has been painstakingly translated for your viewing pleasure. Along with Maggie Greene’s high quality scans you can now view the complete SIX part Star Wars Chinese comic book adaption below. Click on the link.
For more detailed information about the comic, please visit Maggie Greene’s blog.
May the force be with you….