Comic Book Legends Revealed #391

STATUS: False, but close.

Reader turtletrekker wrote in awhile back to ask:

I have read that there are six issues of Marvel's old Star Wars comics that have never been released in the U.S. Truth?

What I presume turtletrekker is referring to is Marvel UK's Star Wars Weekly stories. As you may or may not know, the comic book format in the United Kingdom is weekly rather than monthly (the stories are short and serialized), so there are often some notable adjustments to be made when you adapt monthly U.S. comic books to the U.K. Obviously, you have to do back-ups of unrelated comic books to fill out the book (Star Wars Weekly tried to get science fiction related Marvel comics as the back-ups, so Micronauts, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord, Deathlok, etc.) but you can't avoid having a Star Wars lead feature if the name of your comic IS Star Wars Weekly. You can split a monthly comic book up into parts, but you're not going to have enough to fill up an entire month. So the way that Marvel handled it was to create brand-new Star Wars stories that would appear in the British Star Wars Weekly.

The first story that appeared in the UK that did not appear in the United States was in Star Wars Weekly #60.

The issue reprinted the final part of the serialized story that appeared in the Marvel magazine Pizzazz (the magazine was canceled before the story finished). I did a legend awhile back about the Star Wars stories in Pizzazz. You can check it out here.

The first story ORIGINAL to the United Kingdom, though, was in Star Wars Weekly #94, the first part of the three-part "Way of the Wookiee"...

So it would seem as though turtletrekker is right about Star Wars comics not appearing in the United States, right?

However, Marvel did not leave all of these Star Wars stories unused.

A good chunk of them were reprinted in two Marvel Illustrated books...

That still left a number of comics from the later issues of the Marvel UK Star Wars titles unreprinted, though.

However, in 1996, Dark Horse reprinted almost all of them in their Classic Star Wars: Devilworlds mini-series...

As of now, only one Marvel UK Star Wars comic has never been reprinted in the United States, Empire Strikes Back Weekly #149's lead story, "Death Masque," by Steve Moore, John Stokes and Howard Chaykin.

Hopefully it gets reprinted soon! I've never read it myself. If anyone has a copy that they'd be willing to scan a page or two just to show folks, I'd appreciate it (you can send it to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com)

Thanks for the question, turtletrekker!

Okay, that's it for this week!

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