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Abandoned Love: Wait, Is That Jabba the Hutt?

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Abandoned Love: Wait, Is That Jabba the Hutt?

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.

This time around, we take a look at how Jabba the Hutt was portrayed in Marvel’s Star Wars comics…

A while back, I did an Abandoned Love on the relationship between Luke and Leia. There are a couple of other interesting examples of interesting conflicts the Marvel Comics had with the later Star Wars films (stuff they couldn’t help but get “wrong” because no one told them otherwise until they had already done it) that I’ll probably feature in the future. Today, though, we’re looking at how Jabba the Hutt was handled.

Naturally enough, when Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin (with Steve Leialoha on finishes) got together to adapt the first Star Wars film, they only had the screenplay to work with. Thus, there are some scenes that were adapted into the comic that ended up getting cut from the movie. Also, amusingly enough, this makes it pretty clear, I think, as to how George Lucas wrote the Han/Greedo scene…

Chaykin had some photos to go on for what the characters looked like, but in the case of Jabba the Hutt, he had nothing. So in a scene that was cut from the film (and later edited into the Special Edition of A New Hope, along with special effects to make Jabba look like he did in Return of the Jedi, including Han stepping on his tail because in the original shot, Han walks behind Jabba and that wouldn’t make sense since Jabba is so big), Chaykin just came up with his own design for Jabba…

Fair enough, not a big deal. Lucasfilm obviously didn’t care, since they cut the scene from the movie.

However, even more amusingly, Lucasfilm clearly didn’t think that THEY were ever going to do anything with Jabba, since they let Marvel use him AGAIN in Star Wars #28, as Archie Goodwin, Carmine Infantino and Gene Day use Chaykin’s design of Jabba in a plot where Jabba traps Han, Chewie and the Millennium Falcon under a mountain….

Han ends up using those deadly stone mites (which can cut through most anything) to find a part of the mountain that they’ve weakened and uses that area to escape, and ends up saving Jabba, who has been overrun with stone mites…

Then, of course, Return of the Jedi came around and Marvel abandoned their depiction of Jabba to use the “correct” version of Jabba, in their adaptation by Goodwin, AL Williams and Carlos Garzan…

It’d be funny if Marvel had adapted the film but just kept their version of Jabba.

That’s it for this installment. If anyone wants to make a suggestion for a dropped comic book plot, send me an e-mail at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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