Saturday, October 22, 2016

Star Wars #44 - Al Williamson art, cover & reprint, Marshall Rogers, Walt Simonson art

Al Williamson
Star Wars v1 #44, 1981 - This final installment of The Empire Strikes Back was originally printed in Marvel Super Special #16. The print reproduction is a little muddy, mostly due to the newsprint stock. The magazine version is sharper and more colorful. Like previous issues, Al Williamson inserts an additional new splash within the reprinted material (page 18). Wrapped around the story is a radiant new cover by the artist. Also in this issue are five new pin-up pages. Marshall Rogers' drawing of Lando and Princess Leia is eye-catching, but Walt Simonson's version of Boba Fett is exceptional in both layout and rendition. See today's posts or more Simonson, Williamson, Rogers or Star Wars issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist, Simonson checklist, Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Williamson cover pencils (Carlos Garzon inks) = *****
"Duel a Dark Lord" Williamson story pencils (Carlos Garzon inks) 1 page = *****
"Laser Fire at the Landing Platform" Rogers pin-up pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"Boba Fett Defends His Prize" Simonson pin-up pencils and inks 1 page = *****

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Al Williamson
Marshall Rogers
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More Williamson posts:
Wild Bill Hickok #68
Forbidden Worlds #76
World of Fantasy #2

More Rogers posts:
Detective Comics #467
Doctor Strange #48
Eclipse Monthly #2

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