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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Boba Fett’s Sad Day Out of the Sarlacc Pit

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Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we look at how Marvel actually brought Boba Fett OUT of the Sarlacc pit for an odd issue of their Star Wars title…

As you all know, Boba Fett was embarrassingly killed off in Return of the Jedi by a blind Han Solo (as seen here in the Marvel Comics adaptation by Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon)…




However, right after the Return of the Jedi adaptation, Marvel actually brought Boba Fett RIGHT BACK! But in an odd little issue. In Star Wars #81 by Jo Duffy, Ron Frenz and Toms Palmer and Mandrake, Boba Fett is apparently spit up by the Sarlacc Pit and discovered by Jawas, who presume that he is a droid that is available for them to salvage…



Meanwhile, Han Solo is on Tatooine, as well, trying to get his bank account re-opened after it was closed on account of him being presumed dead because he was frozen in Carbonite. He intends to use R2-D2 to communicate with the banks, but Artoo is kidnapped by the Jawas and held with Boba Fett. Artoo recognizes Boba Fett.


When the Jawas shock Artoo and Boba Fett, they accidentally reawaken a dazed Fett. Han and Leia, meanwhile, are trying to stop the Jawas from selling Artoo, so Han ends up boarding their giant vehicle, leading to an extraordinarily odd ending, which you can see on the next page…





Yes, they brought Boba Fett back to life only to kill him off again at the end of the issue! How weird is that?

Years later, when Dark Horse did Dark Empire, Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy asked George Lucas if they could bring Boba Fett back, and Lucas said okay, so Fett was returned once again in Dark Empire (this time he stuck around for quite a long time)…


If you have a suggestion for a strange comic book storyline that you’d like to see me feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!