I mentioned before that I was buying everything my local comic store had with Shira Brie or Lumiya in it in their marvel SW collection. In the Shira run, they had #56 and #62. Imagine how well I got to know her character --- in #56, there were two panels with Leia talking to Luke and Shira, and in #62, everyone is accusing Luke of having killed her. But hey, the fact that my comic store has the marvel issues at all is incredible. If I weren't a student, and had a alot of money to spend, I would clean 'em out.
I actually enjoyed the issues that I did buy, though. #56 was entitled Coffin in the Clouds, and featured Lando returning to Cloud City, as it was only a few systems away from the rebel base on Arbra, to discover that "The Lobot" had been reprogrammed, and was intent on destroying Lando! (cont'd)
I'm gonna go with Arch too. His stories are just so well crafted. But Jo Duffy comes next. I can name so many issue numbers of her work off the top of my head that were just spectacular: #24 with young Obi-Wan before the prequels, #92 with the Dark Lord Flint, double-sized #100, and #103 "Tai." These stories are just so strong and memorable.
When I read that first letter (about seeing the movie, despite the cost) I knew I had to get these letters back in virtual print.
That nearly killed me.
...unlike today's movie-going prices which actually are killing me.
Good stuff. AND, the writers listened.
I actually remember that letter.
And that's another thing I remember distinctly from Star Words... the vibe. It really did feel like the editors, writers, and artists were listening to the readers' comments.
Quick story: when Dan Wallace was writing the Essential Guide to Characters, he asked me if Greedo had any relatives. I reminded him of Beedo from Return of the Jedi, and Chihdo from Rik Duel's gang in the Marvel comics. When he got edits on his manuscript, he told me that LFL was asking where he got the Chihdo information from. I searched through all the David Michellinie and Walt Simonson stories to find it, with zero luck.... until something clicked. I started flipping to all the letters pages, and there it was: while Chihdo's relation to Greedo was never revealed in any story, a fan wrote in asking if they were by chancer elated, to which the editors replied that, yes, they were in fact cousins. So that bit made it into the book.
The letters from the fans were one of my favorite things. The one I most remember was, after a series of issues depicting the Imperials as bumbling idiots (Luke and Shira Brie lead an attack on an Imperial convoy), one reader wrote an excellent letter reminding the writers that an Empire is not held by fools (at least not for long), and it was absolutely true. In ANH the Rebels destroyed the Death Star by a slim margin, and in TESB the Rebels were defeated at every turn. Good stuff. AND, the writers listened.
Great summary of the different Marvel eras, Mark. This though was the comment that struck home:
What's more, Goodwin wrote a Darth Vader who truly was the scariest dude in the galaxy.
Goodwin's Vader was truly evil, and I don't mean in the supervillain sense. He was intelligent, his moves were premeditated, and his sole obsession to discover the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star and humiliated him. That scene where he gets the tortured Rebel to admit "Skywalker..." as the name he's been searching for is chilling. This is especially true the way it not only stands up after all these years but actually improved when we learned in Empire Strikes Back that the Rebel was speaking not only his son's name, but Vader's own.
#4 - The JEDI meet their maker!
Mace: "This force lightning is killing me, Anakin! Do something!"
Anakin: "Hahaha! You are no match for my new master --- the Dark Side!"
#5 - The Brothers collide!
(Anakin stands over Obi-Wan): "You are doomed, master! I am too strong now!"
(Padmé, Threepio and Artoo stand off to the side) - Padmé: "I can't watch, Threepio!"
#6 - The New Order of the Galaxy rises!
Bail Organa (holding Luke and Leia): "We'll have to save these children!"
Palpatine (standing menacingly next to Bail): "It's no use, Senator! The Jedi are doomed!"
Stan Lee presents a Marvel Comics Groups adaptation of:
ATTACK OF THE CLONES!
#1 - Death in the Infinite City!
"Master Obi-Wan, I'm coming!"
"It's too late, Anakin! I can't hold on any longer! The bounty hunters have won!"
#2 - This is it! Enter the CLONES!
(Obi-Wan stands before Jango while the clone army looms behind
"If just one of them wants to kill me, what will an army of them do?"
#3 - A Jedi's FORBIDDEN love!
Padme: "You really don't like politicians, do you?"
Anakin: "I don't think the system works."
Anakin's thought balloon: "Choke! Why can't I tell Padme how I really feel about here?"