Published by Marvel from 1977-1986, Marvel Star Wars (reprinted in the UK as Star Wars Weekly) was the first ever comic series created for the Star Wars saga. Relatively long running, it ran for 107 issues and was such a hit for Marvel, in an otherwise low period for comics in the US, that many who worked at Marvel at the time claim it single-handedly saved the company from bankrupcy.
The story was nearly very different, Marvel and Stan Lee initially turned Star Wars down after being offered it during the movies early pre-production. Enter Roy Thomas, Stan Lee’s hand-picked successor to the position of editor-in-chief at the company when, in 1972, Lee began the long process of disentangling himself from the company’s day-to-day operations. Thomas held the position for two years before stepping down - but retained some influence. Following a dinner with Star Wars creator, George Lucas, Thomas returned to Marvel and pushed them to reconsider. Marvel relented, and gave the book to Thomas, but remained skeptical of it's chances of success.
Thomas chose a team of artists and writers including Howard Chaykin, Carmine Infantino, Walt Simonson and Al Williamson and the first issue went on sale in Aril 1977, two months before the premiere of the movie. Sales were strong even then, but went stratospheric when the movie was released, becoming Marvel's biggest hit of the decade.
Now with Star Wars:The Force Awakens due to hit cinemas on December 18th, Marvel's fine art publisher, Choice Fine Art and Acme Archives have released a collection of Star Wars comic covers to celebrate the movie and it's enduring success. Primarily focussing on the movies three most popular icons, Boba Fett, Darth Vader and the Millennium Falcon, the collection is available in both boxed canvas and giclee on paper editions.