Star Wars (UK comics)
|Categories||Sci-fi, action and adventure|
|Frequency||every four weeks|
|First issue||July 1999|
|Final issue||July 2014|
Star Wars Comic was a British comic book series published monthly by Titan Magazines from 1999 to 2014. For its first five volumes of publication, the title featured comic strips reprinted from Star Wars comics originally published in the United States by Dark Horse Comics. The title later contained new and original comic strips.
The first volume of Star Wars Comic began publication to coincide with the cinematic release of The Phantom Menace in July 1999. Volumes 2 and 3 were launched to coincide with the releases of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in 2002 and 2005 respectively. The issue numbering would begin again from issue 1 upon the launch of each volume. Following the launch of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series in 2008, a new volume of the comic would begin when a new season of the TV show began airing, meaning there would typically be a new volume each year. The fifth volume was launched in 2009, now being published under the name Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic, running for thirteen issues. The comic underwent a redesign at this time, featuring only a single comic strip per issue, which were original stories produced by Titan Magazines as opposed to reprints from Dark Horse comics. The title also began to incorporate features such as character profiles and episode guides, as well as more child-friendly content such as puzzles. It later moved on to volume six. The comic was retitled to simply 'Star Wars Comic' once again in 2014 for its seventh and final volume, running for eight issues before the title ceased publication all together after fifteen years.
The final editor was Jon Chapple. Previous editors included Steve White, Andrew James and Mark McKenzie-Ray.
Up until volume six of Star Wars Comic began publication, the title featured comic strips re-printed from Dark Horse comics, including the following publications;
- Boba Fett: Overkill
- Star Wars: Dark Times
- The Force Unleashed
- General Greivous
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy
- Star Wars: Republic
- Star Wars Tales
- X-wing Rogue Squadron
Each issue later featured new and exclusive comic strips. Below is a list of stories featured across volumes five and six of Star Wars Comic:
- Issue 5.13: Orbital Onslaught.
- Issue 6.1: Inside Job.
- Issue 6.2: Keep The Faith.
- Issue 6.3: In Triplicate.
- Issue 6.4: The Droid Deception.
- Issue 6.22: Leisure
- 'A Trooper's Tale'
- 'Milk Run to Maarka'
Star Wars Galaxy
On 28 October 2010, Titan Comics launched a second Star Wars magazine named Star Wars Galaxy. It was very similar to the original style of Titan's primary Star Wars comic, which underwent a change in 2008 for its fifth volume, with Galaxy typically featuring three strips per issue, reprinted from original US comics. Occasionally, Star Wars Galaxy would run stories which had years previously been printed in Titan's original Star Wars comic, such as the Star Wars Tales story "Resurrection". It was printed as a regular-sized comic book, similar to Titan's DC Collector's Edition series which features titles such as Batman Legends. The final issue was number 24.
Totally... Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Issue 15 of Titan's Totally... magazine was a one off special for the February 2012 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. It featured an original comic strip titled 'Duel of the Fates', written by Steve White and pencilled by Will Sliney. The strip featured several panels which could be viewed in stereoscopic 3D with the use of 3D glasses given away free with the magazine.
Short samples of Star Wars Comic were given away inside Region 2 DVDs of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 2. Each featured a short comic strip from volume six and some additional content such as episode guides and puzzles.
- Star Wars Comic at Titan Magazines