Abandoned Love: Stop Making Out With Your Sister, Luke!

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, based on a suggestion from reader Ian P., we take a look at Marvel's Star Wars comics and how they had to deal with the later revelation that Luke and Leia, who the comics had begun to develop as a romantic pairing, were actually brother and sister. This one is TRULY an "abandoned love"!


Obviously, in the first Star Wars film, Luke and Leia were not only not siblings, but there was a love triangle established between Luke, Leia and Han Solo.

The Marvel Star Wars comic book series followed up on that approach, as seen most famously in Star Wars #23 (by Archie Goodwin, Carmine Infantino and Bob Wiacek)...

and then in Star Wars #25 (by Goodwin, Infantino and Gene Day)...

"Thanks, flyboy"!

The series than mostly kept the various characters apart a lot, but even after Empire Strikes Back came out and the hint of a link between Luke and Leia was first established (as well as Leia declaring her love for Han Solo publicly), their relationship was a bit different. In Star Wars #60 (by David Michelinie, Walter Simonson and Tom Palmer), Leia appears to be jealous of Luke's new lady friend, Shira...


She admits as much the next issue...

A few issues later, while Luke is lamenting Shire's apparent death, he and Leia have an interesting moment...

Then came Return of the Jedi.

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