SPIDER-MANDATE: The Lowe-down on "Secret Wars," Tie-Ins and Stacey Lee
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson’s Star Wars comic strip…
The only way I’ve ever read Goodwin and Williamsn’s Star Wars strips is in Dark Horse’s Star Wars Classic series, where they chopped up the strips and colored them so that they could be read as a comic book. It worked really well, I think, but I suppose it’s worth showing the originals, as well, for comparison’s sake…
Now on to the way I first read them!
As you probably know by know, Archie Godwin and Al Williamson are two of the most acclaimed creators in the comic book field, so there really isn’t anything surprising about their work on Star Wars – it’s just good, solid well-written and well-drawn comics.
Granted, they did have the added difficulty of working with characters that they really did not know that much about, but the Star Wars people seemed to give the comic strip a lot more freedom than they gave other media, so they added to the mythos often, and felt free to use Darth Vader as they pleased (without, of course, having scenes directly between Vader and the good guys, which IS tricky to pull off, I know)…
The end result was some damn fine comics. We have sadly lost Archie Goodwin, but we should be grateful that a great like Williamson is still with us, even if he is pretty much retired from the business.
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