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For those of you celebrating #StarWarsDay on this May 4th, we thought we’d geek out with you a little bit by showing off some of the amazing items from the Library of Congress’ Comic Book Collection - did you know that many of your favorite characters have their own comics?

Clockwise From Top Left: Star Wars Droids Special no. 1 (1995); Star Wars Jabba the Hutt no. 1 (1995); Star Wars Boba Fett no. 1 (1995); Princess Leia no. 1 (2015); Star Wars Jedi Yoda no. 1 (2004); Star Wars Chewbacca no. 1 (2000). Library of Congress Serial and Government Publications Division. Photo by Megan Halsband.

Of course, we also have the original comic from 1977:

Detail, Star Wars no. 1 (1977) Library of Congress Serial and Government Publications Division. Photo by Megan Halsband.

But we’ve also got Classic Star WarsCrimson EmpireDark EmpireHeir to the EmpireKnights of the Old RepublicPoe DameronX-Wing Rogue Squadron…..issues from the new ‘canon’ to the old expanded universe and probably just about everything in between. The Library’s comic book collection is truly amazing – and it’s open for research use in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room.

I also wanted to take a moment to highlight the other fantastic Star Wars items found in divisions across the Library. The Prints & Photographs Division holds this gorgeous original poster from 1977:

Star Wars Motion Picture Poster by Tom Jung (1977). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

And the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, & Recorded Sound Division holds the original copyright deposit copies of the films which you can view by appointment! These are just some of the fantastic items available in the Library of Congress’ collections – ask us more through our Ask-a-Librarian Service! Bonus trivia – do you know what year Star Wars (1977) was added to the National Film Registry, which identifies films of cultural and historical significance for preservation by the Library of Congress?

Do you have a favorite Star Wars comic? Tell us in the comments!

Comments (3)

  1. I have to admit, when Disney acquired Star Wars from Lucas Arts, it didn’t even cross my mind that it might mean Marvel Unlimited subscribers would soon have Star Wars comics in their libraries. After all, Dark Horse Comics produced many of these excellent stories, and surely Marvel Comics wouldn’t just up and be able to repurpose all those stories as if they were…

    Holy Sarlaacs! Marvel was completely able to repurpose Dark Horse Star Wars comics as if they were their own! While the comic fans among us can all agree we should pour one out for Dark Horse with every issue (Dark Horse is sitting here, like, I’m not dead!), it’s still a huge gain for Marvel Unlimited members.

    As of the time of this initial reading order, there are 110 Star Wars series now available on Marvel Unlimited. This is both completely excellent (comics!) and completely intimidating (where do I start?).

  2. For being original collections and that are no longer published, these are unique and based on the law of supply and demand may be worth a lot of money in the future, but the collectors and fans of the saga do not get rid of them so easily since not only they contain a monetary value the symbolic and sentimental value is much greater since these were probably acquired in childhood

  3. They did not give Marvel the color details for the characters, thusly the green Darth Vader, Obi’s red lightsaber, Han’s orange jacket, and the Princess’s red hair.

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