Star Wars #13
July 1978
"Day of the Dragon Lords!", 17ppg, $0.35

Writer, Editor: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Carmine Infantino
Artist, Cover Inker: Terry Austin
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Letterer: Rick Parker
Colorist: Janice Cohen
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter
Cover Pencils: John Byrne


CREATURE
sea-lizard, sea-dragon

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

LOCATION
Korteen Asteroid Belt (in flashback), Drexel I

ORGANIZATION
space pirates, Dragon Lords, space wreckers

STARSHIP
Crimson Jack's Cruiser, Millennium Falcon

VEHICLE
wrecker city-ship, hydra-skimmer

COMMENTS
Though both listed as artists, Carmine Infantino is primarily a penciler and Terry Austin is primarily an inker. Though uncredited, Bob Wiacek inked two pages of this issue according to the letter column of issue #18.

While working on nearly every other comic magazine in the 1970's, 80's and 90's, the prolific artist John Byrne's (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Superman) only Star Wars cover was of this issue. His only other work on the series is a pin up found in issue #43.

Page 10 of the story features an editorial mistake in which Governor Quarg has a blank word balloon.
SYNOPSIS
On the giant city-ship that roams the water planet in the Drexel system, Governor Quarg has rescinded his order to kill all off-worlders, as Luke Skywalker and his droids are able to repair a skimmer that the master machinesmith has deemed junk. While Artoo says it may take a couple more days to repair, at a minimum, Quarg wants it tested immediately!

The Governor orders Luke to blast a floating target, and he speeds towards it not noticing the mysterious burly figure that emerges from the hold behind him. The master machinesmith jumps Luke attempting to strangle him, and keep his position safe. Luke uses his foot to activate the braking jets, launching the machinesmith out of the skimmer, and managing to regain control and blast the floating log-target.

Upon his return, the Governor congratulates Skywalker on his skills and tells him that he has earned a permanent position on the ship. As Quarg explains the rules of the ship and takes Luke on a tour, he explains how they came to be on this planet. Quarg's father, a governor of the Korteen Asteroid belt, fled the Old Republic which ended his father's reign as a successful space-wrecker. Quarg's father and followers escaped and crash landed into the water world.

Their success and wreckers and salvagers helped them build vehicles to survive, but they faced mounting attacks by the sea-dragons and a mutiny by the ship's technician's who claimed that their policies were causing the dragon attacks. These 'technos' were able to manipulate the dragons with their sonic staffs and directed them to attack the salvagers.

Quarg's men let him know that a big ship is coming and Luke realizes that they are still wreckers; luring ships into their sonic jamming device and causing them to crash into the planet.

Crimson Jacks' cruiser enters the Drexel system and Han Solo asks Jack to bring Leia up from the brig. As Jolli brings the Princess up, Leia tells her that the hatred she is feeling towards men is probably hiding her true love for them. Once on the bridge, the cruiser is rocked by a sonic blast from the planet. Han and Chewie use this distraction to make their escape, grabbing the Princess and blasting their way out of the pirate vessel.

Quarg threatens his crew to bring the giant cruiser down quickly, but they look on the horizon and see a whole army of dragon-lords heading their way. He orders his men and Luke to take the hydra-skimmers and attack. Luke fights reluctantly in the battle, but is distracted as the Millennium Falcon skips into the water in the middle of the fray. Luke blasts another skimmer that is attempting to salvage the Falcon but gets there too late.

Leaning over his skimmer, Luke is grabbed by Chewbacca, a wookiee full of rage at the loss of his friend and ship, until an explosion knock them both unconscious. Luke regains consciousness to see the angry wookiee throttling See-Threepio and heading next towards Luke.


Related Issues
Star Wars (Marvel) #11 Star Wars (Marvel) #12 Star Wars (Marvel) #14 Star Wars (Marvel) #15


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... #1 The Original Marvel Years #1 A Long Time Ago Trade Paperback #1
Star Wars (Marvel) 13 (direct market edition)