A long time ago, I really, really, really needed this treasury edition…
My Mom washed my mouth out with soap twice growing up. Couldn’t tell you the first time. I just don’t remember.
But I can definitely tell you the second time.
See, I was a Star Wars freak when the original movie came out in 1977. (Click here for what it was like that magical weekend.) We didn’t have much money but I begged and pleaded for what I could get.
And two of the things I finagled were Marvel’s first two Star Wars treasury editions that reprinted the first six issues of the ongoing series, adapting the movie in four-color glory. I hadn’t even realized that there were individual comics that led up to the treasury but it didn’t matter. The size of the treasuries made Star Wars appropriately cinematic on the page — which was perfect when you consider that there was no home video yet.
I read and re-read those treasuries on top of the five times I saw Star Wars in the theater.
Then one day, I saw a third Star Wars treasury at the local PathMark — and this one had all six chapters under one cover. It didn’t matter that I already had the story. I had to have this magical third edition.
I asked Mom to buy it for me, dumbly thinking she’d understand.
No go. Unh-uh. Hard no. I already had the story, I didn’t need this other one.
Oh, but I did. So, I took my allowance, went down to PathMark and bought it anyway.
I didn’t even bother to hide it. I just lied and said that a friend had given it to me — and isn’t that great, Mom?
She saw right through me. I wilted under the third degree and the next thing I knew, she was washing my mouth out with soap for lying.
I wasn’t allowed to keep that third treasury, either. But at least she didn’t take away the others.
All of which is a long way of telling you why Marvel Special Edition #3 Featuring Star Wars is leading off this 13 COVERS celebration of that galaxy far, far away — on the day The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.
— STAR WARS Toys Were Everything — But Hardly the Only Thing. Click here.
— 13 Far Out 1977 STAR WARS Trading Cards. Click here.
Cover images and credits from the galactic Grand Comics Database.