10 Best Star Wars Storylines From Marvel Comics
May the comics be with you...
It may be difficult for some to believe, but there was a time where the only place Star Wars existed outside of the original trilogy was in Marvel comics. No animated series, no regularly published novel series, no video games, no prequels, no new movies, nothing but the monthly adventures that Marvel published between 1977 and 1986 to whet fans’ appetites. It was a long wait between movies and the comics were the one thing we could look forward to. Of course after Return of the Jedi came out and it became clear that there wouldn’t be any other movies to follow (at least not for another 16 years), the Star Wars comics from Marvel were all we had, as our beloved movie series seemed to fade towards a quiet, sad death. (Yes folks, believe it or not, but there was a time in the late ‘80s where Star Wars, for all intents and purposes, died in pop culture.)
But of course now Star Wars is more popular than ever. With production on Episode VII moving forward and the announcement that most of those novels, comics, video games and the like released over the last 20 odd years don’t really count, it seemed a good time to go back and review Marvel’s work on the original Expanded Universe. While I’m sure fans all have their favourites from the comic series, what follows is this writer’s take on the best of the bunch. “Punch it, Chewie!”