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Comic Book Legends Revealed Addendum: Star Wars: Death Masque and Larry Hama Interview

Every so often, I have some extra info that I’d like to add to the Comic Book Legends Revealed columns after the fact. Today, I have extra information about two recent Comic Book Legends Revealed columns, one about Star Wars and one about Larry Hama and Zartan.

First up, in Comic Book Legends Revealed #391, I featured a story about one of, if not the only, Star Wars Marvel comic story that appeared only in England, titled “Death-Masque.” I had never seen the story, and I asked if anyone out there with a copy would be willing to scan me a couple of pages. Both Jay Shepard (from rebelscum.com) and Eddie van der Heijden (from starwarstimeline.com) sent me scans of the story. I figure the first four pages gets the basic gist of the comic…

Thanks, Jay and Eddie!

Next, in last week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed #393, I featured a story mentioning how Larry Hama’s original profile for the G.I. Joe villain Zartan was edited in later editions of the toy by Hasbro after mental health groups objected to Zartan being termed a “paranoid schizophrenic.” My pal Christopher Irving mentioned to me that Larry Hama discussed the story in a video interview that Christopher did with him. Hama also discusses what his favorite acting job was (my wife was pleased to learn that it was a Sondheim musical)…

Thanks, Christopher! Neat interview!


Larry Hama’s original profile for the G.I. Joe villain Tarzan

Now this is a story I’d love to read…

What’s funny is that I caught that and edited it but I must not have saved the change! :)

It’s so weird looking at that Star Wars comic. In its look and general feel, with the goofy critters and characters, it reminds me more of the Doctor Who comics of that period than any Star Wars comic I’ve ever seen. I guess with Steve Moore writing it, that makes sense.

Some of those UK Star Wars comics were definitely out of the ordinary. Others were fairly typical Marvel SW stories.

I was browsing Dark Horse’s lidtingd on Amazon the other night and came across a listing for a new Star Wars Omnibus volume entitled “Wild Space Volume 1″ which, according to the description, is a collection of all the UK Star Wars stories, plus other previously uncollected stories, like from toy releases, magazines, etc. I’m excited for this because I’d love to read those UK stories, especially the Alan Moore ones…


I wonder what’s Severus Snape doing in a Star Wars comic. Is he spying on the Empire too?

Re: Tarzan as a Joe character.

Would have been particularly out of place with the Fridge, Sgt. Slaughter, and Rocky Balboa?

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