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We can’t pretend to be anything other than geekily, nostalgically thrilled and excited at this news. Via Comic Book, news arrives that Marvel Comics are releasing a one-shot, numbered #108 to continue with the original classic Marvel numbering and bringing modern (Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Andrea Broccardo) and classic (Kerry Gammill, Walter Simonson) artists together to continue an iconic storyline as our A New Hope era heroes reunite with some old friends.

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg

Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrea Broccardo, and more

Cover: Walter Simonson

“A long time ago on a spinner rack far, far away…Star Wars comics were a LOT different than they are now! With wild and intricately plotted storylines, Marvel’s historic original run introduced an array of unique heroes and villains to play alongside George Lucas’ incredibly popular science-fantasy characters.

In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, this Legends-era sequel to legendary comic book writer Archie Goodwin’s ‘Crimson Forever’ reunites Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 with Jaxxon, Amaiza Foxtrain, Domina Tagge, and Valance the Hunter in a galaxy-threatening, nostalgic roller coaster! Strap yourselves in!”

Writer Matthew Rosenberg is clearly excited to be a part of this fascinating Legends era issue.

“Growing up, my older brother read Fantastic Four and X-Men and I would steal his copies when he went out, but the original Marvel Star Wars comics were the first comics I ever collected myself. Those books were so important to me in developing my love of comics. I’d go to the comic shop every week and dig around in the back issues in hopes of adding another missing issue to my collection. When it all would get to be too much, my mom would take me to a local comic con to find other issues for me as a way of shutting me up. I’m proud to say that I have the complete run in singles issues still.”

“It’s hard to explain now what the original series meant to me as a kid. We didn’t have all these amazing video games, and novels, and prequels, and sequels, and spinoffs. There were a few novels, the Ewok movies, and these comics. And these comics gave me the impossible, the chance to spend more time with my favorite characters. I couldn’t believe I could walk into a store and give them a few bucks and walk out with even more adventures of Leia, Luke, Chewie, Han, Artoo, and Threepio. It felt magical to me then, and honestly, those comics still feel that way to me today.”

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Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Vol. 1 (Epic Collection: Star Wars Legends: The Original Marvel Years)
  • Marvel Comics
  • Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin, Archie Goodwin
  • Publisher: Marvel
  • Paperback: 496 pages