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Back To Basics: Dark Horse Publishing The Original Star Wars Screenplay As A Comic Book

May The Force Be With You

Not an April Fool’s joke, Dark Horse said so specifically. The comic publisher is readying a new series titled The Star Wars which follows George Lucas’ early Star Wars screenplay. We’ve got details and a full page of preview art from the series after the jump. 

Earlier today, Dark Horse Comics sent out a press release announcing J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew would be adapting a rough-draft original screenplay of Star Wars from Lucas.

Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!

“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”

“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft for The Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”

“I thought I knew a lot about Star Wars, but I had no idea,” Mayhew tweeted. “We are been totally faithful to George’s script, which is incredibly action packed with complex characters we’ve never met before!”

The series will be eight issues long and you can get your hands on #1 this September. Here’s the full page of art:

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."