The princess and the droid – an edited kiss, from 1983’s Charlie Mensuel. Plus 2000 AD Palitoy prizes

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Charlie Mensuel. Issue 19. 1983. France. Charlie Mensuel was a French adult comic book published between 1969 and 1986 with links to its current relative Charlie Hebdo and editor-in-chief the late Georges Wolinski. Issue 19 is packed with 18 pages of Return of the Jedi features, and contains the above artwork of Princess Leia kissing C-3PO! The text loosely translated is: “Lionel Bret (the artist) dreams up for you an episode edited out from Star Wars.”

The cover of issue 19, Charlie Mensuel, and some sample pages:

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2000 AD. Prog 320. 1983. UK. 2000 AD is a UK comic first published in 1977. Prog 320 devoted its cover and two inside pages to a competition to win Return of the Jedi prizes.

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Advert from Prog 319 announcing Prog 320.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


And lastly, an advert from Eagle comics, September 3, 1983. Return of the Jedi free gift stickers.

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1983 Star Wars Bookmarks by Random House

This Return of the Jedi bookmark set, made by Random House in 1983, is one of my favourite collectables and manages to tick three themes I love: Star Wars, books and art. I think the stylish artwork on this full set has a certain art nouveau element as well as comic book style. I’ve tried to research the artist(s) responsible but have had no luck and can only guess it was done by in-house artists employed by Random House – one of the largest trade book publishers in the world.

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The 1983 Star Wars Book of Masks (French edition)

Le Livres des Masques. Hachette Jeunesse. 1983. France.

Le Livres des Masques. Hachette Jeunesse. 1983. France.

This official Star Wars book of masks was released in 1983 as a tie-in for the film Return of the Jedi. The book features 9 cardboard punch-out masks depicting various characters spanning the original trilogy. The artwork – by Walter Velez – is colourful and enjoyable, sometimes even a little unsettling when you stare at these well-known characters and realise they have no eyes!

Here are the images of each page from the French edition. The book was also published in the US by Random House. A Japanese version, also from 1983, exists with a different cover featuring Jabba the Hutt.

Inside Cover.

Inside Cover.

Discover your hidden 'teddy bear' side with the Wicket the Ewok mask!

Mask #1. Discover your hidden ‘teddy bear’ side with the Wicket the Ewok mask!

Mask #2. Chewie. No mucking about here. This is quite terrifying!

Mask #2. Chewie. No mucking about here. This is quite terrifying!

Mask #3. Yoda. Get with the wisdom, with the wisdom get.

Mask #3. Yoda. Get with the wisdom, with the wisdom get.

Mask #4. Not a mask but accessories like badges, insignia and watches and things, I think.

Mask #4. Not a mask but accessories such as badges, insignia, contol butons and a watch.

Mask #5. I think I'm going to be sick. Bib always freaks the crap out of me whenever I watch him ROTJ. Here he looks positively evil minus those braintails of his. I suppose if you were a kid wearing the mask back in the 80s, you could have substistuted the braintails with one or two of those sausage dog draft excluders stuffed against the gap in the bottom of your front door. They were often made from old rags stuffed inside one of grans's old nylon stockings and could easily pass as a Twi'lek accessory in my humble opinion.

Mask #5. I think I’m going to be sick. Bib always freaks the crap out of me whenever I see him in ROTJ. Here he looks positively evil minus his eyes and those braintails of his. I suppose if you were a kid wearing the mask back in the 80s, you could have substistuted the braintails with one or two of those sausage dog draft excluders stuffed against the gap in the bottom of your front door. They were often made from rags and cloth stuffed inside one of Grans’s old nylon stockings and could easily pass for a Twi’lek accessory!

Mask #6. Beautiful, sassy, sexy, plucky, no-nonsense Leia. Bun-derful. But she looks so weird without her eyes and is starting to freak me out (but not as mch as Bib Fortuna).

Mask #6. Beautiful, sassy, sexy, plucky, no-nonsense Leia. Bun-derful. But she looks so weird without her eyes and is starting to freak me out (but not as much as Bib Fortuna).

Mask #7. More accessories! I think this is supposed to be Darth Vader's chest box button panel thing. It reminds me of an 80s cassette player.

Mask #7. More accessories! I think this is supposed to be Darth Vader’s chest box panel. It reminds me of an 80s cassette player.

Mask #9. "Artoo Detoo, where are you?". Good point Threepio, where is the little feisty droid? Unfortunately he's not good 'mask-material' so you'll have to settle for his golden buddy instead.

Mask #9. “Artoo Detoo, where are you?”. Good point Threepio, where is that feisty little droid? Unfortunately, R2-D2 isn’t really suitable ‘mask-material’, so you won’t find him inside this book. Never mind. C-3PO works fine. Even his eyes don’t look so strange here.

Mask #10. Gamorrean Guard. Yes! This is more like it! Stick this on and grunt and snort all you like. Keep away from Rancor monsters though!

Mask #10. Gamorrean Guard. Yes! This is more like it! Stick this on and grunt and snort and stomp around waving an axe all you like! Keep away from Rancor monsters though!

Mask #11. At last! Lord Vader! Pop this on after smoking ten of Grandad's Park Drive and you'll soon be huskily ordering the destruction of any pesky rebels in the immediate vacinity.

Mask #11. At last! Here he is, Lord Vader! Be scared! Although, with those eye holes, he somehow reminds me of a 1950s tax inspector. Anyway, Pop this on after smoking ten of Grandad’s Park Drive and you’ll soon be huskily ordering the destruction of those pesky rebel ships in the neighbourhood.

Mask #12. Ha ha, this is pretty funny. Just look where they had to stick the eyeholes for the Admiral... right above his nose. Now, stare at the image and squint your eyes... pretend the eyeholes are really Ackbar's eyes and that his real eyes are ears... freaky huh? (but still not as freaky as the Bib mask).

Mask #12. This is pretty funny. Just look where they had to stick the eyeholes for the Admiral… right above his nose. Now, stare at the image and squint your eyes… pretend the eyeholes are really Ackbar’s ‘real’ eyes and that his real eyes are really ears… freaky huh? (but still not as freaky as the Bib mask).

The Book of Masks. 1983. French edition. Back cover.

The Book of Masks. 1983. French edition. Back cover.

The Book of Masks. Detail.

And, finally, Publishing details.

Below is an article from Starlog magazine, 1983.

US. Starlog. 1983.

Thanks for looking!