Star Wars #4
October 1977
"In Battle With Darth Vader", 17ppg, $0.30

Scripter, Editor: Roy Thomas
Illustrator: Howard Chaykin
Illustrator: Steve Leialoha
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Consulting Editor: Archie Goodwin


R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), C-3PO (See Threepio)

Death Star


Millennium Falcon

This issue continues the official six issue adaptation of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Chaykin and Leialoha are referred to as 'Illustrators in tandem'.

This is the first issue to have a letters page under the new title. It is called Star-Words as suggested by Mark Ernst of Canterbury, NH. It was previously Star Warriors in issue #1. The letters featured are from Ann Nichols, Vincent McCallion, Mark Morphy, Frank Antonides, Tom Trent, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., Michael Biegel, and Ken Sem.

The lightsaber is referred to as a 'lightsabre' in this issue.
As Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia are fighting for their lives in the detention block, the droids, Artoo and Threepio, try to avoid being found back at the docking bay control room. Seeing no other good way out, Leia grabs Han's blaster and creates a hole that leads them right into the trash compactor. Unable to blast the door open, the heroes are surprised when Luke is pulled under the dirty water by some snake-like creature. Luke is released as the walls begin closing in. Using his comlink, Luke begins screaming for Threepio to answer him.

Threepio and Artoo manage to elude the Stormtroopers by hiding in a supply closet, and then excusing themselves to the maintenance section. They reestablish communication with Luke at the main forward bay and manage to shut the garbage masher with meters to spare. Luke asks the droids to open the hatch on unit 366117891 and the rebels escape, no worse for the wear.

On an equipment tower, Ben Kenobi, once a Jedi knight, adjusts the functionality of some computer terminals, altering the state of the tractor beam holding Solo's ship the Millennium Falcon. He manages to evade the detection of several squads of stormtroopers as he heads back to the main hangar.

Princess Leia gets her first view of the Falcon, noting that Luke is braver than she thought, if he arrived in that ship. A pair of stormtroopers discovers the Rebels and Han charges them, shouting at Luke and Leia to head for the ship. Unfortunately, cornering the stormtroopers gives them no choice but to turn and begin firing on he and Chewie, who now become the pursued.

Luke and Leia duck into a sub hall and nearly tumble off an undeployed bridge. Pulling some cable from his utility belt, Luke secures it on some pipes above them and he and Leia swing to freedom across the chasm.

Ben eludes even more troopers unaware that Darth Vader is observing his movements. He makes a dash for the Falcon when Vader steps out in front of him. The two ignite their lightsabres and begin sparring, as a crowd begins to gather. Luke and Leia meet up with Han and Chewie and the droids, and head towards the ship, only to see Vader strike Ben down. The robes fall to the floor, but there is no sign of the aged Jedi.

Luke screams and begins firing his blaster in vain, but Leia convinces him that they must not dally, lest Kenobi's sacrifice be for naught. Luke hears the familiar yet different voice of Ben Kenobi. He turns and heads into the spaceship saddened by the loss of his mentor. The Millennium Falcon blasts out of the Death Star into the deep vastness of space.

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