In the 100 days until STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens in theaters, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. From now until December 18, 2015 I will be posting one of my favorite things from the Star Wars universe. It can be from the movies, comic books or anything Star Wars related. Here is today’s entry:

#98: Marvel Star Wars comic: volume 1, issue #7 (1977)

I love the Star Wars comics. I’m sure that comes as no surprise to anyone. Issues #1-6 were the adaptation of the movie and hold a special place for me (see later on the countdown). But #7 was extra special. It was the first comic book to take place AFTER the movie. Now remember, this is before The Empire Strikes Back or any other the other sequels, prequels or expanded universe. This was Star Wars beyond “Star Wars”. It was a story about Han Solo and Chewbacca one their way to pay off Jabba the Hut, but get robbed by the space pirate Crimson Jack. Han and Chewie then lay low on planet Aduba-3 and help a priest to bury someone the town doesn’t want buried in there cemetery. It’s a fun read that eventually starts feeling like a retelling of the Magnificent Seven (which it then becomes in issue #8). It was also the “first step into a larger world.”


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