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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"!

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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...

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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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