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IDW to Collect Al Williamson’s Classic STAR WARS in Artist’s Edition

The legendary late artist Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
stories are collected in the award-winning Artist’s Edition format this
April. Included will be the complete adaptation, first published in
issues #39 through #44 of the monthly Marvel Star Wars comic. In addition, pages from Star Wars #50, #98 and the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi mini series will also be presented.

“Al loved drawing Star Wars,” said Williamson’s wife, Cori Williamson.
“It’s a science fiction swashbuckler, the kind of story that really
appealed to his sensibilities. As a lover and collector of classic
comic-book and comic strip art, I think he would have been thrilled to
see his work presented in this format.”

Williamson began his storied career as one of the star artists at EC Comics in the 1950s. In the 1960s Williamson drew the definitive comic-book version of Flash Gordon, Alex Raymond’s classic comic strip creation. Other highlights of Williamson’s work include the X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan newspaper strip, as well as the Star Wars newspaper strip. He is an Eisner Award-winning artist and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic-Book Hall of Fame in 2000.

“The collaboration between IDW and Marvel has produced some of the most
exceptional collections of reprinted original comic book material ever
to be offered,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel.
“Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition of
the original Marvel Comics film adaptation is a brightly glowing star
within the galaxy of immaculate Star Wars content.”

George Lucas commented after Williamson’s passing in 2010, “I was thrilled to be able to have Al depicting those early extended Star Wars
adventures for the comic books and newspapers. In capturing the actors
who portrayed the characters, he brought the feeling of the films to the
page as few other artists have been able to do.”

This incredible Artist’s Edition will be a 160 page hardcover and
measure a whopping 14”x21”. The Force is strong in this book, don’t you
dare miss it!

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Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based
entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000
characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.
Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and
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