Star Wars #9
March 1978
"Showdown on A Wasteland World", 17ppg, $0.35

Writer, Editor: Roy Thomas
Illustrator: Howard Chaykin
Illustrator, Colorist: Tom Palmer
Letterer: John Costanza
Consulting Editor: Archie Goodwin

high-hounds, bantha, Aduban behemoth

FE-9Q (Effie) (destroyed), C-3PO (See Threepio), R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo)


Cloud Riders


The lightsaber is referred to as a 'light-sabre' in this issue.

This issue features a pin-up of Chewie, Han, Luke and Leia by Howard Chaykin on page 19.
Han Solo, Chewbacca and their six spacers-for-hire ride banthas across the plains of Aduba-3 in an attempt to protect a small peasant village from the marauding bandit Serji-X Arrogantus. On their approach, they see a group of large man-birds, called high-hounds, swooping down into the peasants crops.

Amaiza, Hedji, Don-Wan Kihotay, Jimm, the Star Killer Kid & Effie, and Jaxxon all do their part to eliminate as many of the foul beasts as they can. Amaiza spots one of the creatures headed for a peasant girl, and yells at Solo to help her out. Han charges his bantha, snatching her out of the way and driving the rest of the high-hounds away. Looking over the girl, Han begins to think that this job may not be so bad.

The star-hoppers are soon introduced to Oncho, the village spokesman. He thanks Han for saving his daughter, Merri. Han tells the old man that it was nothing, and he and his crew are here to protect the village and get paid. Amaiza chides Solo for going soft over such a young girl. Solo reminds everyone that they need to be ready when Serji-X and his Cloud Riders arrive.

Elsewhere at that self same moment, Princess Leia frets on the jungle planet of Yavin about the young rebel, Luke Skywalker who has yet to report in from his mission to discover a new location for a rebel base. Luke and the droids then transmit from a new world he has found in the Drexel system. As he is making his report something goes wrong and he is cut off. Princess Leia races out of the control room on Yavin IV to find Luke, no matter what!

Back at the peasant village as Han readies the villagers, Merri's grandfather tells Han that they need him not. He has beheld a mystical solution in his youth, a legendary monster that will save them all. Han and Oncho dismiss the shaman as a lunatic and take their places as the Cloud-Riders come jetting in, blasting things up.

Racing past on skyspeeders, a Cloud-Rider buzzes by Chewie, only to be stopped by Effie's powerful arms. Effie then rolls in front of another Rider that is about to shoot Jimm. He gets blasted into pieces for his effort. Don-Wan Kihotay is likewise grazed by a blaster, but the remaining star-hoppers have no time to mourn. They are soon distracted by the mad howlings of the elder shaman.

Much too everyone's shock, the rocks soon begin to shift, and Han and the others look up to see a giant reptilian monster emerging from under the mountain. The real battle begins!

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