Originally published in 1977 by Marvel Comics, the 6-issues that make up Star Wars: A New Hope are some of the most reprinted comics in history.
In 1994, Dark Horse released the two-issue Classic Star Wars: A New Hope series, a pair of prestige format comic books reprinting Star Wars #1-6, making them available for the first time since their original publication. Creators include Roy Thomas, Howard Chaykin, Steve Leialoha, Rick Hoberg, and Bill Wray, with new covers by Arthur Adams and Adam Hughes, and a special gallery of concept artwork was included in each issue. These issues were also collected into a special trade paperback offered with the 2006 DVD release of the Original Unaltered Trilogy from Wal*Mart stores.
|A NEW HOPE (Classic Star Wars)|
Then, when the original version of the Classic Trilogy was released "for the last time" on video, a set of collected editions were published. These issues borrowed the same cover artwork from the video set and were square-bound. All three volumes were available separately, or in a special slipcase boxed set with slightly different cover art.
|Collected Edition Boxed Set|
In honor of 1997's Special Editions, a new four-issue limited series was created by Bruce Jones, Eduardo Barreto, and Al Williamson (allowing the Classic Trilogy artist to have a hand in all three comic adaptations). These four issues had new covers painted by Dave Dorman, that when placed together, formed a single large collage of the characters from the movie. A trade paperback was also released, with a new cover painting by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. The trade paperback was also part of a Special Edition Boxed Set.
|A NEW HOPE - Special Edition|
|Collected Special Edition Boxed Set|
In 1998, a Japanese Manga version was created by Hisao Tamaki, with covers by Adam Warren. This version was altered to suit Western audiences, being read left to right.
Manga publisher Tokyopop created a photo comic, or Cine-Manga, which is comic style book, but using images from the films of the Original Trilogy. These books were later reprinted by Dark Horse Comics.
And of course, Star Wars comics are not exclusively American. Here we feature some covers from other countries around the world.