Ahead of The Force Awakens in December, Marvel Entertainment is ensuring that fans of the original trilogy who read the comics adaptations in 1977, 1980 and 1983 can enjoy them again, this time in the form of oversized graphic novels with remastered coloring for brighter hues.

All three will be reprinted as oversized hardcovers with new covers. The first, which covers A New Hope is due out in May. It will reprint the classic Howard Chaykin-illustrated issues that were adapted and written by Roy Thomas, with new coloring by Chris Sotomayor.


Similar editions for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will follow later in 2015 though there’s no word if any adaptation is planned for “The Force Awakens,” at least not yet.

“When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015.”

Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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  1. Dennis Keithly (@DJKver2)
    December 16, 2014 at 11:03 Reply

    I remember the comic for The Empire Strikes Back. I must have read that 30 or 40 times as a kid until it fell apart. I’m anxious to get my hands on these.

  2. Jeff M
    December 16, 2014 at 23:07 Reply

    I had the Giant Size Empire Strikes Back comic, just like Dennis I read it til it fell apart

  3. Melinda
    December 17, 2014 at 10:08 Reply

    Wow! Dare I say, however, that a bound book containing all 3 released nearer December would be a SUPER holiday gift for Star Wars fans? 😉 I’m just saying … if Marvel is looking for suggestions. 😉

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