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Stan Lee Presents the Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Classic Star Wars)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  332 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Collection of issues 39-44 of the Marvel Star Wars comic adaptation of the George Lucas films.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 1980 (first published 1980)
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Bookworm Sean
I’m so glad the artwork improved in this edition. Luke and Chewbacca actually look like their movie counterparts rather than He-man and a walking rug. Luke’s weird old look has gone too; he actually looks like a young man rather than a random forty year old. Chewbacca’s fur actually has some level of texture; he looks quite good. Visually speaking, this is much better than A New Hope.

The artwork:
• Characters 3/5*
• Environments and effects 4/5

The story is concise; it tells all that it needs to.
Jim Ef
Mar 03, 2016 Jim Ef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder how much more would i liked it if i didn't know the story already. The graphic novels, although there based on the movies script, were published before the movie release. So the people who bought them at the time (1980) must loved it.
Feb 07, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Δεύτερο κόμικ της σειράς Star Wars που κυκλοφορεί σε προσφορά της Κυριακάτικης Καθημερινής, με την ιστορία να ακολουθεί ακριβώς αυτήν της δεύτερης ταινίας (Επεισόδιο V). Ίσως να υπάρχουν κάποιες μικρές και ασήμαντες διαφορές/παραλήψεις σε σχέση με την ταινία, γενικά όμως όσοι έχουν δει την ταινία έστω και μια φορά, δεν πρόκειται να συναντήσουν καμία έκπληξη στην πλοκή. Οι διάλογοι και οι περιγραφές νομίζω ότι έκαναν καλά την δουλειά τους, όπως και στο πρώτο κόμικ, το σχέδιο όμως μου φάνηκε αισθη ...more
Christopher Rush
Unsurprisingly, this has the same interesting elements and flaws as has the graphic novel adaptation of A New Hope. The dialogue is quite off at times, especially in some of the key moments of the story, particularly in the Leia/Han farewell scene at the end. Though that is more distracting now than it probably was then, at least it does give us a bit of insight into the creative flow (looseness?) of the projects back at the time. It's still difficult not to base all reactions on the movie versi ...more
David Edmonds
If you've seen the film version of The Empire Strikes Back, then you've read this book, and vice versa; it's a fairly faithful adaptation. What really makes this book stand out is the remastered coloring. Marvel took the original plates for the art and had them recolored using contemporary coloring techniques, and the result is fantastic. The book just looks beautiful. If you're just a casual fan, this probably wouldn't interest you too much, but for the hardcore Star Wars fan, I think this woul ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia, sci-fi, comics
Since I read the Star Wars adaption by Marvel earlier this month, I decided to follow it with this and it’s interesting to see that it has the same issues as its sibling. Some of the panels are spot on to the film but it’s clear this was written and drawn from the shooting script with limited access to production plans for the effects (Yoda looks okay but he was apparently changed after the fact, since the original comic had him looking like Joe Johnston’s purple skinned design). Some of the cha ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Volume 1 is a great book! It is exciting and brings the reader to a whole new world. The characters are well developed making the story an unforgettable one. The children would love this story because it has an thrilling and life risking plot. I could see this book being used in a classroom because it shows adventure and having the courage to fight for what you believe in. This book leaves the readers wanting more due to its cliff hanging ending. Stars Wars is ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Volume 5 is fast and action packed book. The illustrations really show the struggle and battles each character goes through. Children would love this book because of the undeniable fight between good against evil. They would love this exciting story. I could see the book being used in school by teaching students working hard for what you want. This book is fun and every age group would be interested in this.
Todd Bauerle
Nov 01, 2015 Todd Bauerle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, Marvel has presented the original issues with remastered coloring, and bound in the same high quality format as the previous entry in this series. It is a must have for collectors, and obviously if you have purchased the collected edition of A New Hope. Also a nice touch is the free digital edition, to read online. Might I suggest using the guided is a great experience.
Kelly K
Feb 01, 2016 Kelly K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this was the original graphic novel version it obviously moved at a much quicker pace and didn't exactly hit on all the details the movie lays out. I was surprised by a few changes, especially in some famous lines, but I was kind of okay with it. This still gets four stars since it came right from the Marvel comics.
Amber the Human
Bought this back in high school, when I was buying any Star Wars related object I could get my hands on (well, at least anything I found a the local used book shop). It's strange, because it takes over half the book just to get off Hoth. Oh well. A good adaptation.
Nov 19, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, comics
Such great fun getting to read The Empire Strikes back in comic form. The 70ss artwork really brings it back.

Some of the scenes are out of order and Yoda is a blueish purple hippie but the rest is spectacular!
Devin Maraldo
It wasnt what I was expecting but the book is so far better than the movie movie or book I would choose book with this one! I reccommend it to people that are into quick action cliff hangers and really tense moments!
This was as always an entertaining read. I have read the original copies of the comic back when it came out many years ago. While this printing uses much better paper than the original along with being a hard back book. I really do not like the "improvements" to the art. It is bad enough Lucas goes back and "fixes" the original trilogy but now Marvel Comics goes and ruins a perfectly good comic book by "fixing" or "improving" the artwork. I would have to go dig up my copies of the original run o ...more
John Devlin
Vader is Luke's father! No one believed me then; I thought I'd have better luck today.
1. Talvez não devesse ter visto tantas vezes o filme e lido a adaptação manga antes desta.
2. A arte da dupla colombiana é notavelmente melhorada pela coloração SOTOCOLOR. Ganha toda uma atmosfera que as cores originais impossibilitavam.
3. Como falha amarga senti o desencaixe entre o argumento de Godwin e os eventos de Hoth no delicioso Lost Stars (mas a culpa não é do pobre Archie).
May 03, 2016 Lorien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, as most of the great moments of these movie were adlibbed (especially "I love you. I know.") this comic isn't very good. While Episode IV had tidbits not in the movie, this just glosses over some of the best scenes. From Han and Leia's kiss being interrupted to Luke's training, this was more of a let down than anything else, making it only a 2.5 stars.
Oct 13, 2015 CameronB2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tons of fun to read. Would recommend this one
Nefeli Vasiliadi
Favourite film,favourite graphic novel!
Jimmakos Gavagias
Beyond critic...
Feb 16, 2016 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a huge fan of the illustrations, but the story is the one we all know and love.
Mar 10, 2016 JEn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again just as fun as A New Hope.Original recolored version. With a great new cover.
Timothy Boyd
A very good comic book adaptation of the movie. Recommended
Not like the first (fourth) episode - different writer, different (weird) dialogue. Did not hold our family's attention.
Beau Johnston
I read this dozens of times as a kid. And then some sod borrowed it and I never saw it again.
Samantha Penrose
True to the original.
However, It sucks reading comics/graphic novels aloud to your kids!
Nastya December
Apr 16, 2012 Nastya December rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible case of adjectives and over-sentimentality, ruined the characters.
Justin Allen
Oct 25, 2013 Justin Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the 1982 version, and it holds up well
Apr 04, 2016 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythological
Wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped.
Adam marked it as to-read
May 23, 2016
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Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. He worked on a number of comic strips in addition to comic books, and is best known for his Warren and Marvel Comics work. For Warren he was chief writer and editor of landmark horror anthology titles Creepy and Eerie, and for Marvel he set up the creator-owned Epic Comics as well as adapting Star Wars into both comics and newsp ...more
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