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May The Fourth Be With You Peter Mayhew

Palitoy Chewbacca Bandolier offer. Return of the Jedi N°28, 1984. UK.

Happy Star Wars Day!

I’m dedicating this year’s May The 4th Be With You post to actor Peter Mayhew, who passed away on the 30th April 2019, aged 74. Peter Mayhew was famous for playing the role of fearless Wookiee, Chewbacca, in the original Star Wars trilogy films. Mayhew also appeared in the Holiday Special, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Awakens. In later films, due to declining health, he acted as a consultant for the character.

Peter Mayhew. Image: Lucasfilm.

For me, Chewbacca is one of the standout heroes from the Star Wars universe; physical, imposing, frightening, yet with a deep sense of loyalty to his friends and the rebel fight. I’ll never get over the impact upon hearing Chewie cry out in pain at the death of his dear friend, Han Solo, in The Force Awakens. Powerful stuff.

As for Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca, I’ve only ever heard the very best sentiments of his warmth, friendliness and humanity over the years, from both his fellow actors and the fans who adored him and were lucky enough to meet him. Mayhew wrote two books aimed at young readers: Growing Up Giant, about how being different is a strength rather than a weakness, and an anti-bullying book for children My Favorite Giant.

Rest in peace Peter Mayhew, thanks for all your good work, and we’ll always let the Wookiee win!


UK. Starburst. 1980.

What Can You Get A Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?). 7inch vinyl record. 1980. RSO records.

Planet of the Hoojibs. 7 inch vinyl record. Buena Vista Records. 1983.

The Star Wars Book of Masks. Random House. 1983. Mask #2. Chewbacca.


In other Star Wars Day news…

Here’s a new ad I picked up recently, for the Droids and Ewoks cartoon series on VHS.

Star Wars Ewoks and Droids on VHS. 1988. UK.

More Ewoks?

Star Comics. 1985. US.

Just a few more Ewoks?

Ewok Village Play Set. France. 1985.

One last Ewok…

Logray, Medicine Man action figure. 1983. From the collection of TVTA.

And finally, a TVTA May the 4th tradition…

Will this post be sushi-free?

Not on your nelly!

May The Sushi also Be With You!

Admiral Ackbar sushi set. Image eBay.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Post updated with two Chewbacca records.

Happy Star Wars Day

May The Fourth Be With You!

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

This year TVTA encourages you to fill those blank spaces on your 1970s bedroom wall by cutting out your free pin-ups – courtesy of those nice Marvel artists at British publication Star Wars Weekly (time machine, bedroom wall, pocket money and newsagents required).

Star Wars Weekly was a UK Marvel comic run which covered the original trilogy films during the late 70s and early 80s. The comics featured Star Wars and non-Star Wars stories, competitions, articles, and in some issues a pin-up poster known as an Action Pin-up, Collector’s Pin-up, or Pin-Up Special.

The following are scans of the pin-ups I found in my pile. Happy Star Wars Day 🙂

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


The Empire Strikes Back Editions

While I don’t have a complete collection of Star Wars Weekly, the pin-ups featured in early copies of the series all seem to be drawings. By the time The Empire Strikes Back made it to publication the art pin-ups look to have been replaced by photographs.     

Star Wars Weekly. The Empire Strikes Back. 1980.


The Return of the Jedi Editions

I don’t have many of the Return of the Jedi series yet so can’t comment if art or photos were used during that run. Edit September 2018: I recently acquired some ROTJ Weekly issues and found three of what appear to be photo pin-ups – though these differ from the ESB ones as there is no mention of ‘pin-up’ on the images.

Droids. ROTJ N°41. 1984.


And this just in… a superb colour art print of Obi Wan found in ROTJ N°83! Like the photo examples above, there is no ‘pin-up’ in the wording.

Obi Wan. ROTJ N°83. 1985.


That’s all for this year. I’ll add more pin-ups here as and when I find them. Thank you for covering over hideous 70s bedroom wallpaper patterns with us 🙂


This post is a sushi-free post.

Hee hee, actually it’s not. May The Sushi also Be With You!

Photo and creation by the talented Mr Oki


Post updated September 2018 with new images.

May The Fourth Be With You! (sushi-free)

I’ve just reviewed last year’s May The 4th Be With You celebration post May the food be with you This year’s celebration post is completely sushi-free and features vintage Star Wars comic art courtesy of some 2012 French re-prints from Atlas publishing. Happy Star Wars day, and May the 4th be with you all!

Bill Sienkiewicz.

Bill Sienkiewicz.

Al Williamson.

Al Williamson.

Rik Bryant.

Rik Bryant.

Al Williamson.

Al Williamson.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Al Williamson.

Al Williamson.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Did I say this post would be sushi-free?

Oops. May the sushi be with you!

Sushi art by Oki.

Sushi art by Oki.

Photo courtesy of Oki. Check out his cool blog: My Sushi World

May The Fourth Be With You and why George Lucas has a love-hate relationship with sushi

May the fourth be with you! Advert from Pif Gadget 737. 1983. France.

Luke: “You mean this is not a light saber after all, but a giant chopstick?” Ackbar: “Ahar, that be true alright, now quit ye whining and have at that sushi!” Advert from Pif Gadget 737. 1983. France.


Yes, another Star Wars post based on the 4th / force pun shooting its way across the webniverse to celebrate all things Star Wars!

So, Happy Star Wars day, May the fourth be with you, Jar-Jar-Rasputin, SW4eva, Go 4th and multiply, etc etc! And… did you know that George Lucas hates sushi?

Star Wars Myths #23

“Waiter, there’s a bear in my sushi”

George Lucas hates sushi. During the development stages for Return of the Jedi, George was taken to a sushi bar by Harrison Ford, who you may be surprised to learn is an avid connoiseur of sushi and author of the bestselling books The sushi run in less than 12 parsecs, and I love sushi… I know, and is co-owner of several sushi bars around the galaxy!

Seated at the sushi bar table, George soon became bored to tears with Harrison’s endless tales of sushi presentation styles and more raw-fishy tales than you could shake a lightsaber at. “Never tell me the odds!” boasted Ford, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good sushi!” Losing the will to live, George began aimlessly toying with his food. It was then that George noted the sushi on his plate was beginning to resemble primitive, hunter-gatherer, bear-like creatures. And so the idea for the Ewoks was born! Lucas, overjoyed at the culinary plot discovery on his plate – thanks to Ford’s insistance on a sushi lunch date that day – decided to reward Ford by handing him the coveted role of playing the hero spit-roasted by the Ewoks in Return Of The Jedi.

Ayun! Yub nub! Caravan of sushi! Photo by LydMc.

Ayun! Yub nub! Caravan of sushi! Photo by LydMc.

Ewok Sushi photo by LydMc

Happy Star Wars day!