Star Wars: Return of the Jedi #1
October 1983
"Chapter One: In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt!", 17ppg, $0.60

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Al Williamson
Artist: Carlos Garzon
Letterer: Ed King
Colorist: Christie Scheele
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Cover Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz
Editor: Michael Higgins
Editor: Mary Jo Duffy
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

CHARACTER
Featured
Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia Organa Solo (disguised as Boushh), Lando Calrissian (disguised as Palace guard)

Supporting
Bib Fortuna, Moff Jerjerrod (referred to as Commander in this issue)

Villain
Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader

Other
Oola (dies, unnamed), Salacious Crumb (unnamed), Ree-Yees (unnamed), Tessek (unnamed)

Cameo
Boba Fett

CREATURE
rancor, sarlacc

DROID
C-3PO (See Threepio), R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), EV-9D9 (Eve-Ninedenine)

LOCATION
Death Star II, Tatooine, Jabba The Hutt’s Palace

ORGANIZATION
Stormtroopers

SPECIES
Gamorrean (palace Guards for Jabba), Twi'lek, Hutt, Jawa, Rodian, Gran, Quarren, Nikto (a Kadas'sa'Nikto)

STARSHIP
Executor, TIE fighter, Imperial Lambda-class shuttle (identified as ST321)

TECHNOLOGY
vibro-ax

VEHICLE
sail barge, skiff

COMMENTS
This issue begins the official four issue adaptation of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

Cover art is by Bill Sienkiewicz. This issue also contains a splash/credits page, with artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz, that is not part of the final page count, plus four pin-ups: Bib Fortuna, Max Rebo Band, & Salacious Crumb all by Al Williamson, and the Imperial Shuttle by Rick J. Bryant.

Page 5 is a brand new page and was not present in the Marvel Super Special version of the film.

This issue marks the first actual appearance of Jabba the Hutt, and the correct spelling of his name.

The on sale date of this issue comes from Marvel Age #4.
SYNOPSIS
On a new, more powerful Death Star, shuttle ST-321 lands, bearing an ominous visitor. Darth Vader steps off to speed up Commander Jerjerrod's construction efforts. Vader explains that the Emperor does not believe that they are working hard enough and is coming to visit. Jerjerrod pledges to double his efforts.

Outside the palace of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine, Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio knock on the giant front gate of the obese crimelord. They claim to have a message and a gift for Jabba. Bib Fortuna attempts to take the message himself, but leads them to Jabba, who tells them to play this message. It turns out to be a hologram of Luke Skywalker bargaining with Jabba to release Han Solo. Jabba and his palace denizens laugh at the Jedi Knight's offers, and order the droids pressed into service at the palace and sail barge.

Later as a dancing girl displeases Jabba and is dropped into a pit, a bounty hunter enters with Chewbacca and offers the wookiee in exchange for a price. Jabba haggles over the price and the bounty hunter produces a thermal detonator, threatening to destroy everyone. Jabba chuckles at the inventiveness and agrees to the fee, and has Chewbacca put in a cell. That night the bounty hunter sneaks into the throne room and releases Han from his frozen Carbonite prison. Unable to see, Han wants to know who has freed him. Princess Leia removes her bounty hunter disguise, and tells him they must leave quickly. Suddenly a curtain parts and Jabba surprises the would-be savior. They are quickly taken in custody and Han placed in the cell with Chewbacca who relates to the space pirate what is happening.

Entering alone, Luke makes his way to Jabba's throne room and demands his friends released. Threepio attempts to warn the Jedi of imminent danger, but is quickly silenced by an alien. With a command, Jabba opens a trap door and Luke falls twenty-five feet into a Rancor pit. Grabbed by the giant scaly beast, the young Jedi wedges a large bone into the monsters jaws and attempts to flee, but his way is barred. He manages to kill the monster by dropping a large grate on it's head. Jabba has Luke and his friends brought before him and sentences them to death in the Great Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the Sarlacc.

Out in the Dune Sea, a skiff circles the Sarlacc Pit with the doomed heroes. Leia is held prisoner chained to Jabba, and Artoo has been tasked with serving drinks on board the Sail Barge. Luke tells Han and Chewie not to worry that he has a plan. Below them, the gaping maw of the Sarlacc stirs!


Related Issues
Marvel Super Special #27 Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Return of the Jedi Return of the Jedi Return of the Jedi #2 Return of the Jedi #3 Return of the Jedi #4 Classic Episode VI - Return of the Jedi #1


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... #4 Return of the Jedi Trade Paperback Return of the Jedi – The Special Edition Trade Paperback Return of The Jedi Trade Paperback (Wal*Mart DVD Edition)



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