Item #MARV001 Star Wars Comic Book Issue #1. Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin, Writer, Artist.
Star Wars Comic Book Issue #1

Star Wars Comic Book Issue #1

Price: $6,000.00

Original Wraps. [s.l.]: Marvel Comics, [April 12, 1977]. 1977. First Edition. Fine.

Publisher’s pictorial wrappers, with colorful illustration of heroes in front of Darth Vader and the Death Star by Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer to front panel, Spalding advertisement to rear panel. With CGC grade of 9.8. Fine, with the CGC’s only note being “off-white to white pages.” Overall, a bright and beautiful copy of the first issue of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars series. Star Wars #1 is the first issue of a six-part adaptation of Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope), the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy. This issue recreates the beginning of the film, up until Luke Skywalker, tracking down R2D2, is attacked by a band of Sand People. George Lucas approached Marvel in 1975 with the idea of a comic book adaptation to help promote the upcoming film, and after some initial hesitation Stan Lee greenlit the project. In total, Marvel Comics published 108 Star Wars issues and 3 annuals from 1977 to 1986. The comics were very successful and helped Marvel Comics stay afloat financially during a difficult period for the company near the end of the 1970s. Notably, this first issue was released more than a month before the film - the comic was published on April 12, 1977 and Star Wars debuted in theaters on May 25, 1977. Item #MARV001