May the Fourth Be With You!

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!

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