Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Star Wars Daily Newspaper Strip

Hasslein Books: During the late 1970s and early '80s, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate published a daily newspaper strip based on Star Wars, and it was glorious. Written first by Russ Manning, and later by Archie Goodwin, the series was richly illustrated, hilariously written and eminently worthy of the Star Wars brand name.
In 1991, Russ Cochran Publishing produced a beautiful three-book slipcase set reprinting the entire Archie Goodwin/Al Williamson run, while Dark Horse reprinted the majority of the series in edited format under its Classic Star Wars banner. However, two stories have thus far remained unpublished: an untitled Sunday-only tale (unofficially dubbed "The Kazhyyyk Depths" by fan-turned-author Jason Fry), and Russ Helm's (admittedly awful) "Planet of Kadril." (For some reason, the Star Wars strips had a lot of Russes.)

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