Star Wars Weekly: a selection of comic cover art

Star Wars Weekly was a Marvel UK comic first published on February 8th 1978. The comic reprinted the monthly Marvel US issues as well as offering original stories. Included in the comic were other strips from Marvel’s stable such as The Micronauts, Deathlok, Star Lord, Warlock and Tales of the Watcher.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 1. February 8th 1978. Marvel UK. Artwork by Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer. The issue included a free cut-out X-Wing Fighter.

Star Wars Weekly N° 1.

Star Wars Weekly #1 was published on 8 February 1978. It came with a free cut-out X-Wing Fighter. The artwork is credited to Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer – see photo above.

The ramaining pictures are random covers I’ve scanned from my collection to hopefully show a broad range of the art teams behind these works. Featured artwork comes from Carmine infantino, Frank Springer, Gene Day, Pablo Marcos, Michael Golden and Terry Austin.

Star Wars Weekly N° 65. May 23. 1978. Artwork by Frank Springer. A somewhat grisly cover! Judging by the expressions on the faces of Han and Chewie I think they agree.

Star Wars Weekly N° 65. May 23. 1979. Artwork by Frank Springer. A somewhat grisly cover! Judging by the expressions on the faces of Han and Chewie I think they agree. Death by Stone Mites can never be pleasant.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 66. May 30. 1978. The follow-up to issue 65 and another Frank Springer cover featuring Han and Chewie in combat.

Star Wars Weekly N° 66. May 30. 1979. The follow-up to issue 65 and another Frank Springer cover featuring Han and Chewie in combat.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 70. June 27. 1979. This cover is credited to Carmine Infantelo and Gene Day and features two great images of Princess Leia.

Star Wars Weekly N° 70. June 27. 1979. This cover is credited to Carmine Infantino and Gene Day and features Princess Leia battling alone on the factory planet Metalorn.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 79. Aug 29. 1979. I like the 'psychedelic' feel to this cover featuring Luke, R2-D2 and the Millenium Falcon in the background and the sinister brothers Tagge in the foreground. This is another Infantino / Day cover.

Star Wars Weekly N° 79. Aug 29. 1979. I like the ‘psychedelic’ feel to this cover featuring a training Luke, R2-D2 and the Millenium Falcon in the background and the sinister brothers Tagge in the foreground. This is another Infantino / Day cover.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 96. Dec 26. 1979. It's Han and Chewie again. For the artwork Infantino is joined by Pablo Marcos.

Star Wars Weekly N° 96. Dec 26. 1979. It’s Han and Chewie again. For the artwork Infantino is joined by Pablo Marcos.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 114. Apr 30. 1980. Echoing Luke and Leis's famous grapple-hook swing to safety in the original Star Wars film, this cover bt Infantino and Day sees the Skywalker siblings hanging on a wire in the Lost City of Space.

Star Wars Weekly N° 114. Apr 30. 1980. Echoing Luke and Leia’s famous grapple-hook swing to safety in the original Star Wars film, this cover by Infantino and Day sees the Skywalker siblings once more hanging on a wire – this time in the Lost City of Space.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 115. May 07. 1980. The follow-up to issue 114 sees Luke and Leia battling the . This cool cover is by Infantino and Day.

Star Wars Weekly N° 115. May 07. 1980. The follow-up to issue 114 sees Luke and Leia battling an ‘Energy-being monster’. This cool cover is by Infantino and Day.

 

Star Wars Weekly N° 116. May 14. 1980.  Luke and Leia find themselves in an organic mess. Artwork credited to Michael Golden and Terry Austin.

Star Wars Weekly N° 116. May 14. 1980. Luke and Leia find themselves in an organic mess. Artwork credited to Michael Golden and Terry Austin.

There were other great artists who worked on these comics along with strong writers, letterers and toners such as Goodwin, Costanza, Rosen, Bender and the like. I’d recommend checking the issues out – especially some of the original stories that appear and introduce us to an intriguing range of new characters and worlds.

Further reading:

Comic Vine

Star Wars Comics Wikipedia

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