Star Wars: A look at the main series

Regardless how interested you are in it, you know there's this little movie coming out at the end of the week, so I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at the main comic series based on the initial trilogy. There are a fair bit of them, so I just focused on the ones just titled Star Wars

Marvel 1977 Series

A series where I would assume Marvel had permission to do whatever they wanted story-wise, it has the dubious honor of introducing Jaxxon (chronologically the first widely hated Star Wars character) and the alleged inspiration for Cable. It also gave OG fans a taste of an expansive universe, at a time when it was not a guaranteed thing.

A couple of Boba Fett covers that people like seem to be the highlight of the series, but personally it's issue #38 that does it for me, with the amazing Michael Golden on art.
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Dark Horse 2013 Series

Dark Horse had the rights to publish Star Wars from 1991 to 2014, but they only published a series titled Star Wars after the announcement that Disney had bought Lucasfilm. Even though most of the series they published were supposed to be part of the canon, a new film trilogy meant a reboot of sorts in post Return of the Jedi history.

Although I am not the biggest Star Wars fan, there are some comics that I really like from this run, like both Tag & Bink minis, some issues of Star Wars Tales (Garth Ennis doing Star Wars still sounds kinda weird and my absolutely favourite Star Wars comic will probably always be Star Wars Tales #20), the Jabba the Hutt one-shots written by Jim Woodring, … A lot of really fun comics, but ultimately it all seemed a bit complex and the comics featured lots of unrecognizable (to me and the average reader, I would say) characters.

So when the 2013 series was announced, writen by Brian Wood and illustrated by Carlos D'Anda (I love this guy's art), I went for it, as it promised to fill in the gaps between the original movies. It started really well, and it would have been fun to see where this was going … but the House of M had plans for it, and it involved hundreds of variant covers!!!
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Marvel 2015 Series

So, Star Wars comes back home and it's hard to imagine a better creative team (Jason Aaron and John Cassaday or Stuart Immonen). The series is so far a success, not to mention a recent record-breaking print run on #1. By the end of the week we will see how in canon these comics are, but in any case, it's clear Marvel are putting out the best Star Wars comics they can, and hopefully some of the people going to the cinema will pick these up and get hooked on comics.
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This can get really confusing (there are already 152 covers and the series has just made it to issue #13), so here's a list of the covers to try to make things easier.

ROW #1

STAR WARS (2015) # 1
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (2nd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (3rd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (4th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (5th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (6th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (7th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Adi Granov Forbidden Planet Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Adi Granov Forbidden Planet Hybrid Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Adi Granov Forbidden Planet Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alan Davis Emerald City Comics B&W Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alan Davis Emerald City Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Maleev DCBS Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Maleev DCBS Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Maleev Warp 9 Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Maleev Warp 9 Sketch Cover 1/1500)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Ross 1:200 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Ross 1:50 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Alex Ross Online Store Cover)

ROW #2

STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Amanda Conner Vault Collectibles B&W Cover 1/1500)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Amanda Conner Vault Collectibles Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Blank Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Bob McLeod 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Dale Keown AOD Collectibles B&W Cover 1/2000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Dale Keown AOD Collectibles Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Dale Keown Third Eye Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Daniel Acuna Heroes & Fantasies B&W Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Daniel Acuna Heroes & Fantasies Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Dave Dorman M&M Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (David Peterson Newbury Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Director's Cut)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Frank Cho Cards, Comics & Collectible Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Frank Cho Cards, Comics and Collectibles Exclusive Variant)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Gabriele Dell'Otto Loot Crate Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Greg Horn GameStop Cover 1/10000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Greg Horn GameStop Fade Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Greg Land Dynamic Forces Connecting Cover 1/15000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Greg Land Dynamic Forces Connecting Sketch Cover)

ROW #3

STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Humberto Ramos Mile High Connecting Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (J. Scott Campbell 1:50 Connecting Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (J. Scott Campbell B&W Four Color Grails Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (J. Scott Campbell Cargo Hold B&W Cover 1/1500)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (J. Scott Campbell Cargo Hold Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Jenny Frison buymetoys.com Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Joe Quesada 1:100 Wraparound Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Joe Quesada 1:500 Wraparound B&W Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Joe Quinones Kings Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Cassaday 1:25 Teaser Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Cassaday 1:Store Party Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Sketch Cover – C2E2 RRP EXCLUSIVE)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Tyler Christopher ComicXposure B&W Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Tyler Christopher ComicXposure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Tyler Christopher Humorous B&W Cover 1:Store)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (John Tyler Christopher Humorous Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mark Brooks Midtown Comics B&W Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mark Brooks Midtown Comics Cover)

ROW #4

STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mico Suayan Hastings Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mico Suayan Hastings Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike Del Mundo EMP Museum Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike Deodato Jr Limited Edition Comix Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike Deodato Jr. Limited Edition Comix Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike Mayhew Zapp Comics B&W Cover 1/1500)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike Mayhew Zapp Comics Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike McKone Bampf Collectibles Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Mike Perkins Heroes Haven Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Movie Photo 1:15 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Pascal Campion Tidewater Comicon Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Pasqual Ferry Unbagged ThinkGeek Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Paul Renaud Fantastico Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Paul Renaud Hot Topic Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Previews New York Toy Fair Cover 1/10000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Salvador Larroca Fan Expo Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Salvador Larroca Fan Expo Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Sara Pichelli 1:20 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Simone Bianchi BAM/2nd & Charles Sketch Cover)

ROW #5

STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Simone Bianchi Books-A-Million/2nd & Charles Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Skottie Young Connecting Baby Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Stan Sakai Beach Ball Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Stan Sakai Beach Ball Comics Sketch Cover 1/2000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 1 (Stephanie Hans Rebel Base Comics & Toys Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (2nd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (3rd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (4th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (5th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (6th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (Howard Chaykin 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (Humberto Ramos Mile High Connecting Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (John Cassaday 1:100 Black and White Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (Leinil Francis Yu 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 2 (Sergio Aragones Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 3
STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (2nd Printing)

ROW #6

STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (3rd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (4th Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (Humberto Ramos Mile High Connecting Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (John Cassaday 1:100 Black and White Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 3 (Leinil Francis Yu 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (2nd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (Giuseppe Camuncoli 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (Humberto Ramos Mile High Connecting Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (John Cassaday 1:100 Black and White Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover 1/5000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (Nick Bradshaw GameStop PowerUp Empire Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (Nick Bradshaw GameStop Rebels Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 4 (Phil Noto Books-A-Million/2nd & Charles Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 5
STAR WARS (2015) # 5 (2nd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 5 (Humberto Ramos Mile High Connecting Cover 1/3000)

ROW #7

STAR WARS (2015) # 5 (John Cassaday 1:100 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 5 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 6
STAR WARS (2015) # 6 (2nd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 6 (3rd Printing)
STAR WARS (2015) # 6 (Humberto Ramos Mile High Connecting Cover 1/3000)
STAR WARS (2015) # 6 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (Boba Fett Action Figure Black and White Variant)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (John Cassaday 1:100 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (Kevin Nowlan Elite Comics / KCCC Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (Mike McKone Mile High Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (Simone Bianchi 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 7 (Tony Moore 1:25 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 8
STAR WARS (2015) # 8 (John Cassaday 1:50 Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 8 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 8 (Mike McKone Mile High Comics Cover)

ROW #8

STAR WARS (2015) # 8 (Stuart Immonen 1:100 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 9
STAR WARS (2015) # 9 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 9 (Mike McKone Mile High Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 9 (Stuart Immonen 1:100 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 10
STAR WARS (2015) # 10
STAR WARS (2015) # 10 (Mike McKone Mile High Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 10 (Stuart Immonen 1:100 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 11
STAR WARS (2015) # 11 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 11 (Mike McKone Mile High Comics Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 11 (Stuart Immonen 1:100 Sketch Cover)
STAR WARS (2015) # 12
STAR WARS (2015) # 12 (Action Figure Variant)
STAR WARS (2015) # 12 (Stuart Immonen 1:100 Sketch Variant)
STAR WARS (2015) # 13
STAR WARS (2015) # 13 (Action Figure Variant)
STAR WARS (2015) # 13 (Vader Down Connecting Variant)

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