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Stan Lee Presents the Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars Graphic Novelisations #5)

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Collection of issues 39-44 of the Marvel Star Wars comic adaptation of the George Lucas films.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 1980
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Bookdragon 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.
Mar 01, 2016 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.
George K.
Feb 07, 2016 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
By now I have come to terms with this remastered edition. I am still not thrilled about the all too bright and glossy panels, but I knew what to expect from the beginning.

This being out of the way, my first impulse was to think how you could hardly go wrong with an adaptation of “The Empire Strikes Back”. (Except that you always can, no matter how foolproof the source material is.) But this comic is brilliant.

Again, not everything was the way I pictured it. I missed some of the memorable dialog
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 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sci-fi, nostalgia
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 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 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.
Kelly K
Jul 24, 2015 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.
Todd Bauerle
Nov 01, 2015 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.
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 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, 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!
John Devlin
Vader is Luke's father! No one believed me then; I thought I'd have better luck today.
Tony Romine
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel collects the 6 issues of the original Marvel Star Wars series that adapted The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars film from the original trilogy. The story continues the saga of Luke, Leia, and Han after the destruction of the Death Star. The Empire discovers the Rebellion's base on the ice planet of Hoth, destroying it and sending our heroes scattering. Luke receives a message from Obi-Wan's ghost to go to the Dagobah swamps and train with Yoda. Leia and Han are trying ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars episode 5 The Empire strikes back by Donald F. Glut is a science fiction book. The book is about a young man named Luke Skywalker and his friends Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their faithful companions, they lead a rebellion to fight against the Imperial Empire. Luke trains with his Jedi master Yoda to learn how to use the force that lives within him so Luke can be able to defeat Darth Vader. Luke surprisingly escapes from Darth Vader in their epic battle but sadly Han Solo is taken by ...more
Ethan Hulbert
ESB is great.

Beyond that, this comic was made with the original script, so it includes some differing dialog from the movie. There's no "I love you" "I know" exchange - instead, Solo says "I'll be back" as if he's some kind of Terminator. Darth Vader at one point says "Search your feelings, youngster" at Luke, and imagining that in James Earl Jones' voice is just gold. Yoda is also a purple thing with long straight white hair.

Fun stuff.
Prasidh Ramson
This graphic novel collects Star Wars #39-44, from 1977. Interestingly, it is based on the shooting script, and differs in several parts from the final movie. The drawings are action packed and cinematic, while the writing is just as snappy and fast paced. Definitely for the fanboys and Star Wars newbies.
Scott Hayden
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Mirrors the movie. Great way to review the old episodes on your own time without being nailed to a seat in front of a screen.
Additional material like the introduction from Billy Dee Williams, who played Land0, add interest.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*
Wow, that's not how Harrison Ford looks. At all.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love star wars so that is why the book is rated so high. I loved the book so much. it is AMAZING!!!
What I liked was the information about how the first edtions of these comics were created before the movie was out in the theaters. Marvel artists and Lucas Ltd worked together to create a very good comic novelization without revealing the parts George Lucas wanted to keep secret until the release of the movie.

There are also a lot of extra cover drawings included which were made for the release of new special edition or trade paperbacks.

Although the Marvel team had to stick to their number of p
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
Ian Morales
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all know the story. The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of the original trilogy, so I know the story and dialogue well. That being said, my only issue with this comic adaptation is that a few key scenes have different dialogue from the movie. The artwork is amazing and the back story that takes a look back at the producing of the Marvel comics adaptation is a must read for fans. This edition also gives readers a look back at classic covers and variant covers. I think it is a great new way ...more
B.M. Gomez
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Empire strikes back is my favorite Star Wars book out of the series. The plot is great and it made a fascinating read. I loved the shockers in the book with Luke finding out Vader is his father. This book also digs down deep showing the reader how the Jedi’s train. I enjoyed the darker tone to this book it made a great read. This book helped inspire me how to write leaving shockers in my own writing.
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).
Apr 30, 2016 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.
Nastya M
Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible case of adjectives and over-sentimentality, ruined the characters.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythological
Wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped.
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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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