Countdown to 'Star Wars'

IDW, Marvel Comics feel the Force

This is the cover of the “Artist’s Edition” of Marvel’s “Star Wars.”
This is the cover of the “Artist’s Edition” of Marvel’s “Star Wars.”

Marvel Comics started producing a line of “Star Wars” comic books in 1977. They continued to produce new exploits of Luke Skywalker and company through 1986.

It looks like Marvel is back in the “Star Wars” galaxy having struck a deal with IDW Publishing. The IDW line - called the “Artist’s Edition” line - will feature complete stories with each page scanned and printed directly from the actual original comic book art at full size.

While appearing to be in black an white, each page has been scanned in color to match as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art while giving readers the opportunity to see blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections, etc.

“Marvel has been a terrific and loyal partner, and ‘Star Wars’ represents an incredible opportunity to further expand our relationship,” Greg Goldstein, IDW President and Chief Operating Officer, says. “Since the inception of our Artist’s Edition program, we’ve had ‘Star Wars’ on our wish list.”

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