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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 111

by  in Comic News Comment

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Russ Manning’s Star Wars comic strip…
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Enjoy!

Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson had a great run on the Star Wars comic strip, but it’s a damn shame that they ever had to take over the strip, and that is because the job became open because the great Russ Manning had to retire because he was inflicted with cancer that ended up taking his life at the far too young age of 52.

Manning was the writer and artist on the Star Wars comic strip from its inception in 1979 until soon before his death in 1981.

Here’s a sample of the original Manning strips…


And here they are colored and edited into comic book form by Dark Horse…







As you can see, Manning has a clean style that can almost be considered “old fashioned,” but if great storytelling and clean character depictions is old fashioned then, well, sign me up for old fashioned comics!

Here’s some more…







Amusingly enough, Manning actually got to draw the first print appearance of a major Star Wars character…







This was the final work that the comic book legend ever did, which is a crying shame, as he was such a talented storyteller.