Sunday, December 21, 2014

Marvel to republish Star Wars Comic Book Adaption of A NEW HOPE with Modernized Coloring

The recent Burger King commercial promoting the return of their YUMBO sandwich which features a restaurant filled with people wearing 1970s era garb is a good reminder how much that decade loved to use yellow, oranges, brown, lime and subdued neon variations in color schemes.  That included the comic book industry and when you go back and look at issues printed in that time period those influences are very clear.  So when Marvel decided to republish in 2015 the super-sized comic book adaption of the Star Wars screen play that it originally printed in 1977 in conjunction with the film's release, it was decided they would keep the artwork and script but ditch the '70's style coloring.

New Coloring (Left) / Original Coloring (Right)
Available on store shelves in May 2015, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin's adaption of "A New Hope" will be reprinted as Marvel readers experienced them in 1977 which includes a few scenes that ended up cut out on the editing room floor and left out of the film but were still kept in the comic book and novel publications at that time because of miscommunications between the film studio and its publishing partners.  Well actually there will be two differences between now and then.  First, Chris Sotomayer will be recoloring all the artwork to provide a modern tone to the comic book.  Also, Adi Granov has created a brand new cover for the book.

New STAR WARS cover art
"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," said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing in a press release. "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."

Original 1977 Cover Art
So what do you of them taking the disco out of Star Wars?  I like the new coloring, but the original look contributed to the electricity of the times that surrounded the movie's release and created the Star Wars culture of today so I'm torn by Marvel tinkering with it. That being said as long as Marvel keeps the original version available as it is now through various omnibus collections, unlike Lucas who has tried to prevent people from accessing original versions of the Star Wars movies, than this just seems to be a fun variation for new and existing fans to enjoy which I personally think would be an interesting read to pick up.  If you buy a copy in May, share your thoughts on the comic book by tweeting us at @Geeky_Dad and let us know what you think.

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