Originally published in 1980 by Marvel Comics, the 6-issues that make up Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back have been reprinted a number of times.

In 1994, Dark Horse released the two-issue Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back series, a pair of prestige format comic books reprinting Star Wars #38-43, making them available for the first time since their original publication. Creators include Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, with new covers by Williamson and Cam Kennedy, 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.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Classic Star Wars)
Classic Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back #1 Classic Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back #2 The Empire Strikes Back Trade Paperback (Wal*Mart DVD Edition)

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
Classic The Empire Strikes Back Trade Paperback Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Trade Paperback (Box Set Version) Classic Star Wars Box Set Classic Star Wars Box Set

In honor of 1997's Special Editions, Dark Horse reprinted the Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back trade paperback with a new cover by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, but no changes to the interior art. The trade paperback was also part of a Special Edition Boxed Set.

Collected Special Edition Boxed Set
The Empire Strikes Back – The Special Edition Trade Paperback The Special Edition Box Set The Special Edition Box Set

In 1999, a Japanese Manga version was produced by Toshiki Kudo, 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.

Manga Edition
The Empire Strikes Back – Manga #1 The Empire Strikes Back – Manga #2 The Empire Strikes Back – Manga #3 The Empire Strikes Back – Manga #4
Photo Comics
The Empire Strikes Back Cine-Manga Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back Photo Comic

And of course, Star Wars comics are not exclusively American. Here we feature some covers from other countries around the world.

International Editions
Classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (UK Version) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (UK Version)


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