20. Star Wars #1
Published in July 1977, the original Star Wars #1 comic is really just a retelling of the first portion of A New Hope. But that’s not what makes it so special or important. With a script from Roy Thomas and artwork from Howard Chaykin, this comic marked the first real attempt to market the Star Wars universe outside of the movies. It was a little tidbit to keep fans interested.
Just to rehash, this adaptation introduces the villain Darth Vader and his army just as they capture Princess Leia Organa, who leads the Rebel Alliance. She stashes a secret message in R2-D2, her trusty droid that escapes with another droid named C-3PO. Both droids are found on a desert planet by Luke Skywalker, who later discovers the secret holographic message. Subsequently, R2 goes to find Obi-Wan Kenobi, the original intended recipient of the message. Luke chases and they’re all captured by Sand People. End with the cliffhanger to hook those who didn’t see the movie.
Dialogue and story differences
The reason this comic needs to be read is the differences between it and the movie. For instance, there are multiple dialogue differences. Additionally, there is the introduction of Luke’s friend Biggs Darklighter, who joins the Rebel Alliance in later editions. Last but not least, don’t forget the green Darth Vader on the cover!