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Abandoned Love: Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi Team-Up With….Anakin Skywalker?!

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Abandoned Love: Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi Team-Up With….Anakin Skywalker?!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

I figure, with Stars Wars’ opening weekend, that I would just close out the three major continuity problems with Marvel’s Star Wars comic. I’ve already spotlighted the whole “Luke and Leia making out” stuff and the whole “Marvel’s own Jabba the Hutt” stuff, so now we look at how the Marvel series handled the whole “Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are two different people” stuff…

As noted in this Movie Legends Revealed, it is pretty clear that George Lucas did not originally intend for Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker to be the same person.

This is also made clear in the second issue of Marvel’s Star Wars adaptation…

While we’re on the adaptation, this page just makes me laugh still…

So anyhow, two years into the series’ run, we got the first Star Wars Annual by Chris Claremont, Mike Vosburg and Steve Leialoha. In it, they visit a planet where they run afoul of the planet’s evil leader…

Later, they meet up with this planet’s version of the Rebel Alliance, and the Council seems very interested in Luke…

In the end, Luke ends up winning the day…

And we discover why they trusted him so much…

Obviously, a little over a year later, in Star Wars #44, Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson revealed how that couldn’t have been the case…

That’s it for this edition! If there’s a prominent “dropped” comic book plot that you’d like to see me spotlight, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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