Star Wars #16
October 1978
"The Hunter!", 17ppg, $0.35

Writer, Editor: Archie Goodwin
Artist, Cover Artist: Walt Simonson
Artist: Bob Wiacek
Letterer: Denise Wohl
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter

CHARACTER
Featured
Valance

Supporting
Slzzk (dies), Fud (dies), Telos-4 techno, Dafi (dies), Jimm (Starkiller Kid), Valance's navigator, helmeted bounty hunter (presumed dead)

Guest
Jaxxon, Amaiza, Don-Wan Kihotay

Cameo
Merri, Han Solo (in flashback), Chewbacca (in flashback), Princess Leia Organa Solo (in flashback), Darth Vader (in flashback), Obi-Wan Kenobi (in flashback), Luke Skywalker (in flashback)

CREATURE
bantha

DROID
R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo) (in flashback), C-3PO (See Threepio) (in flashback), protocol droid (destroyed)

LOCATION
Telos-4, Aduba-3, Death Star (in flashback)

ORGANIZATION
Bounty Hunters, Stormtroopers (in flashback)

STARSHIP
X-wing starfighter (in flashback), Valance's light cruiser, Rabbit's Foot

TECHNOLOGY
electro-net, agony inducer

COMMENTS
Though both listed as artists, Walt Simonson is primarily a penciler and Bob Wiacek is primarily an inker. The cover art is done by Walt Simonson and is signed by him.

Archie Goodwin's homage to the Warner Brothers cartoons is quite apparent here. Using Jaxxon, a giant green rabbit (a stand in for Bugs Bunny) being tortured by two characters named Fud and Dafi (as in Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck). Jax even comments that "[he'd] ask what's up, guys".

Other than in a flashback, none of the characters from the films appear in this issue.

This is the first issue to have a letters column since Star Wars #10. It features letters from Juliana Jones, Kim McCarthy, Tim Brogdon, Terry St. Jean, Jim Whelan, Kim Weaver, Peter Schink, Mike Harris and Gilbert Avila.
SYNOPSIS
On an isolated outworld of Telos-4, the bounty hunter Valance and his mercenaries raid a medical station destroying equipment, droids, and the computer records section. Two of his mercenaries, Fud and Slzzk, come across a delirious patient, Don-Wan Kihotay in one of the bays muttering about his adventures with Han Solo. This interests Valance very much and he destroys the rest of the facility, erasing his past, before rocketing into the void in search of one of the star hoppers mentioned by the old man.

Elsewhere on a backwater world, Jaxxon and Amaiza part company for the evening. As Jax walks on he is covered by an electro-net that stuns him into unconsciousness. He awakes to find himself hanging upside down, with an agony inducer attached to his ear, while at least four of Valance's cohorts try to get the name of the planet he fought on with Han, the boy and his droids.

As Dafi is about to shock the lepus carnivorous once more, he is blasted by the ace marksmanship of Amaiza, ex-member of the infamous black hole gang. She guns down at least three more mercenaries. Amaiza starts to help Jaxxon and comments how this was like being back on Aduba-3. Disheartened Jax tells her that's what he had been avoiding telling them. One final mercenary escapes with this vital piece of information.

Jax and Amaiza hurry to the Rabbit's Foot, hightailing it to Aduba-3. They make it in advance of the bad guys and track down their old friend Jimm, the Starkiller Kid, to warn him and his village of the coming danger.

Onboard Valance's light cruiser, the bounty hunter reviews a tape which will ready him for the coming battle. He recalls his history, first as a stormtrooper officer that was blasted by a rebel serial torpedo, and then left to die at the Telos-4 medical station. The tape, an illegal dupe of an Imperial Transmission, details the rescue of Princess Leia by Han Solo, and the curious young farm boy who is friends with two droids.

Valance approaches Aduba-3 and orders his crew to fire on the N-class freighter closing in on them. Jaxxon's Rabbit's Foot is able to hold it's own for a while under fire from the light cruiser, but eventually takes enough damage that it must land on the planet.

Valance lands near where the Rabbit's Foot set down, and sets his men out to find their quarry. They are ambushed by herd of stampeding Banthas set off by Jimm's blaster. The last of Valance's men are killed by the stampede and when Valance makes for his ship, he is stopped by Jimm, Amaiza and Jaxxon.

He realizes that Jimm is not the same boy from the Death Star and produces a hearty laugh at his mistake. Surprising everyone, he directs an energy blast from his left arm at the star hoppers, dazing them long enough for him to escape in his ship.

Jimm, Amaiza and Jaxxon watch him depart, while on his ship, Valance chides himself for "using the arm" but believes his secret should still be safe. He peels the flesh from his face, revealing that he is half a cyborg, that will continue hunting the galaxy for droids and droid lovers.


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