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The GB Pull List – #NTYCBD Star Wars Edition 6th May 2020

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The Geeky Brummie Pull List with #NTYCBD Star Wars Edition.

Hello and welcome to yet another Pull List. In this edition I’ll be looking back at some comics I loved that may be new to you for New To You Comic Book Day – #NTYCBD. Where possible I’d like people to reach out to their local comic book store – a list of the big UK ones are at the bottom this post – and make a purchase from them. I will include a link to the books on Comixology/Amazon as an option where possible. Some books may be more difficult to track down but it’ll be worth having a look on eBay for those.

This week I’m going to have a look a three fabulous Star Wars comics.

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Title: Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Vol. 1

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Written by Howard Chaykin, Archie Goodwin & Roy Thomas : Art by Howard Chaykin, Dave Cockrum, Carmine Infantino & Walt Simonson : Cover by Carmine Infantino
Genres : Movies and TV/Science Fiction

Page Count : 486 Pages

Comixology Link – Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Vol. 1

From the Publisher:
Collects Star Wars (1977) #1-23 and material from Pizzazz #1-16 and Star Wars Weekly (UK) #60.May the Force be with you, in the mighty Marvel manner! The classic original Star Wars comic-book series begins with an action-packed adaptation of Episode IV A New Hope, then continues the story of Luke Skywalker and his rebel friends as they fight on against the Empire in the dark shadow of Darth Vader! New planets and new perils await — like the Cloud Riders, the Behemoth and the space pirate Crimson Jack. Han and Chewie need six allies to make eight against a world — and one of them will be cult hero Jaxxon! Luke and the droids end up trapped on a Doomworld! And the Big Game will pit rebel against rebel!

Marvel Comics published the original Star Wars comics from 1977 to 1986, and published the first original work in the Expanded Universe with the story The Keeper’s World. The creators who worked on this series included Archie Goodwin, Howard Chaykin, Al Williamson, Carmine Infantino, Gene Day, Walter Simonson, Michael Golden, Chris Claremont, Whilce Portacio, Mary Jo Duffy, and Ron Frenz. These comics now come under the ‘Legends’ banner and have been collected in various forms over the years. I’m picking the Epic Collection edition for a very special reason. These editions often come with material that was produced for the Star Wars Weekly comic here in the UK including work by Alan Moore. There is something wonderful about these comics. At this point nobody knew anything about how the Star Wars story would unfold on the big screen. Empire was still 3 years away and the creators of these comics just jumped in with both feet and had a great time making it up as they went along. With the control now exerted over the Star Wars franchise these kind of tales are unlikely to ever happen again. The art is beautiful and Carmine Infantino draws a sensational Princess Leia. And who couldn’t love a comic that introduces  a humanoid rabbit smuggler named Jaxxon to the Star Wars Universe. Go read it and feel like that 9 year old kid who had fallen in love with a galaxy far, far away all over again.

 

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Title: Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Written by Kevin Rubio : Art by Lucas Marangon & Rick Zombo : Cover by Lucas Marangon
Genres : Movies and TV/Science Fiction

Page Count : 103 Pages

Comixology Link – Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here

From the Publisher:

Collects Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead #1-2, Star Wars: Tag & Bink II #1-2 And Material From Star Wars Tales #12.

They’re the most important Star Wars characters you never knew existed — until now! Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna were on Leia’s ship carrying the Death Star plans — when Darth Vader changed their lives forever! But as their true roles in this epic saga are revealed, whose side are Tag and Bink on, anyway? The hapless duo’s fateful adventures will take them all the way from Tatooine to Cloud City to Endor — and bring them face-to-face with Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett and more! But every great tale has a prequel — so what were Tag and Bink up to when the Clone Wars began? Prepare to discover their uncanny origin! We have a bad feeling about this!

My next choice is also part of the ‘Legends’ line and is essentially the Star Wars version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. This series was originally part of the Dark Horse Comics line of Star Wars books and tells the tales of Tag and Bink in a series of comics that parody the films. Tag and Bink were created by writer Kevin Rubio and artist Lucas Marangon. They are a pair of Jedi’s in training who end up causing all the pivotal events in the prequel and original trilogies. The creators have great fun here having Tag and Bink’s exploits explain some of the implausible events of the movies. It’s a joy to see key moments seen from the point of view of characters who just can’t help get into trouble. This collection is well worth adding to your Star Wars collection. #TagandBinkLive

 

 

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Title: Star Wars Manga – A New Hope Vol. 1

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Written by George Lucas : Art by Hisao Tamaki : Cover by Adam Warren
Genres : Manga/Movies and TV/Science Fiction
Page Count : 80 Pages

Comixology Link – Star Wars Manga – A New Hope Vol. 1

From the Publisher:

Now here is the complete screenplay of the film that launched a science fiction phenomenon. Experience the capture of Princess Leia by Lord Darth Vader and the evil minions of the Empire…Farmboy Luke Skywalker’s discovery of her desperate message hidden in the droid R2-D2…Luke’s fateful meetings with legendary Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and intergalactic smuggler Han Solo…And the climactic battle to destroy the sinister Death Star.

One of the joys of my childhood was reading the comic adapations of my favourite movies. In a time before VHS or DVD they were they only way to relive those epic moments again and again. The Marvel adaptations are great but have you ever seen the Manga versions. Told over a series of volumes covering the original trilogy and Epsiode 1, these Manga Star Wars comics are incredible. Lifting the dialogue straight from the films these black and white comics look amazing. The world of Star Wars translates perfectly in to this format and you really should experience it.

 


My Pulls

With no new comics to buy this week what can you do in the meantime? Let your local comic shop know you are here for them. Contact them and see if they are still open, continue to pre-order titles, and use this as an opportunity to purchase one of my #NTYCBD suggestions, a new collection or back issues from them. Use one of the apps or websites below to see what’s due to be coming out soon and pre-order the titles you’re interested in, since, as of now, publishers still intend to release the comics that are not currently able to get to stores.

Here are a few of the great comic shops in the UK so get in touch and see how you can order comics and continue to support their stores –

FORBIDDEN PLANET INTERNATIONAL (VARIOUS) – includes Worlds Apart Birmingham

Currently closed and home delivery / mail order services are also suspended until further notice. Follow the stores social media pages for updates!

Our Stores

FORBIDDEN PLANET (VARIOUS) – includes Birmingham Megastore

All stores are currently closed but their Web Store is still active. Check their website for more information –

https://forbiddenplanet.com/stores/

GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)

Store closed but mail order available. Check their website for more information –

https://www.goshlondon.com and https://twitter.com/GoshComics

OK COMICS (LEEDS)

Currently closed and mail order services are also suspended until further notice. Follow the stores social media pages and website for updates!

http://www.okcomics.co.uk/ and https://twitter.com/OKComics

PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)

Store closed but mail order available. Check their website for more information –

http://www.page45.com/ and https://twitter.com/PageFortyFive

TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)

All stores are currently closed but their Web Store is still active. Check their website and social media for more information –

https://travellingman.com/ and https://twitter.com/TravellingManUK

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