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"Star Wars" No. 1 variant cover featuring a still from "A New Hope." (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

“Star Wars” No. 1 variant cover featuring a still from “A New Hope.” (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

Marvel Entertainment is holding nothing back as it brings the Star Wars saga back to the House of Ideas after a nearly 30-year absence. Starting with the first issue of Star Wars in January, written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by John Cassaday and edited by Jordan D. White, the publisher is celebrating with numerous variant covers and even a party or two at some comic shops to mark the milestone.

“… This January, we are proud to unveil Star Wars #1, the first of several ongoing series featuring top-tier creators telling stories that, thanks to the invaluable contributions of the team at Lucasfilm Story Group, will be nothing short of essential reading for any fan of Star Wars. …'” — Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso.

In the publisher’s solicits to comic shops for its January slate of titles, Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso notes that it’s not just readers and fans of the saga who are excited, the creators are, too. In an open letter to Marvel’s retailers, readers and more, Alonso recalled the visit he, Cassaday, Aaron, White, writer Kieron Gillen (who is penning the Star Wars: Darth Vader title and C.B. Cebulski, made to Skywalker Ranch after their first meeting with the Lucasfilm Story Group.

“Surrounded by posters, sketches, props and costumes that spanned almost 40 years of cinematic history, each of us could not help but reflect on how this unique mythology resonated in our own lives, and the (dare I say it) great power and responsibility that comes with shaping it,” he wrote.

"Star Wars" No. 1 variant cover illustrated by Alex Ross. (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

“Star Wars” No. 1 variant cover illustrated by Alex Ross. (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

“Because that’s what we’re about to do. In March of 1977, Marvel Comics released Star Wars #1, a movie adaptation released two months before Star Wars the movie lit up the silver screen, embarking on what would be a celebrated nine-year run,” Alonso said. “This January, we are proud to unveil Star Wars #1, the first of several ongoing series featuring top-tier creators telling stories that, thanks to the invaluable contributions of the team at Lucasfilm Story Group, will be nothing short of essential reading for any fan of Star Wars.”

"Star Wars" No. 1 variant cover illustrated by Skottie Young. (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

The interlocking variant covers illustrated by Skottie Young for “Star Wars,” “Star Wars: Darth Vader” and “Star Wars: Princess Leia.” (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

To celebrate the return, a bevy of variant covers are being offered to readers, including a jaw-dropping homage to Howard Chaykin’s cover for the 1977 debut by Alex Ross; an interlocking illustration from Skottie Young that will tie together the first issues of Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Princess Leia; a connecting variant cover by J. Scott Campbell; a movie variant; along with covers by famed artists Bob McLeod (who penciled the original Marvel Star Wars series’ issues 83, 85, 86, 88 and 90); Sara PichelliJohn Tyler Christopher (who just wrapped Marvel’s five-issue mini-series Figment); and Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada.

“Coming home, Star Wars is,” Alonso added in his note. Home indeed.

"Star Wars" No. 1 variant cover illustrated by Joe Quesada. (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

“Star Wars” No. 1 variant cover illustrated by Joe Quesada. (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)


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

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa
    October 23, 2014 at 21:30 Reply

    These covers are all fantastic! It’s fun to see how enthusiastic everyone is, too. Thanks for an excellent report, Matt!

  2. Melinda
    October 24, 2014 at 10:33 Reply

    I canNOT wait for these comics to hit the shelves!!! Thanks Matt. 🙂

  3. James Worthington
    October 24, 2014 at 21:24 Reply

    So, I try to tell myself that I am not a comic collector. I only have one full box sitting next to my desk. The next era of comics is quite exciting and I get goose bumps looking at the covers. Binary sunset Luke tells us that there are lots of good things coming. Star Wars is attractive to me because of the stories that are told and the relationships that are developed. Thankfully, we can continue our conversations monthly as these books will give us much to discuss. Thanks for the updates.

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  5. Lee
    November 2, 2014 at 01:06 Reply

    Thanks for this news on the variant covers. For me – I am both excited and stressed about the new Marvel Star Wars series. The 1st comic I ever owned was a Marvel Star Wars comic. I collected the whole series. I later collected the whole run of Dark Horse Star Wars comics too.

    I both like and dislike variant covers though. Some of them look super awesome. Some of them I am indifferent to though. For me being a Star Wars comic completest – collecting variant covers can be a real problem though. Over the last couple of years – I found collecting the variants from Dark Horse to be a real problem. For instance, the sketch variants being sometimes 1/20 or 1/40 were really tough to find (partially due to the low orders of some books).

    I met with my comic store this morning and researched the Diamond – Previews order forms. It seems like some variants are going to be super tough to find (as in 1/100 and even 1/500). However, the variant cover I want the most is the Alex Ross variant. I recall it being a 1/50 variant.

    I suspect that I am going to miss the old Expanded Universe (EU) stories from Dark Horse and the initial Marvel run which are now outside of canon and known as Legends stories. However, I am still going to read all the Marvel Series. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to buy all the variants anymore.

    Thanks for reading.

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