My latest article hits StarWars.com as we drop back through time to February 1978 and the second issue of Star Wars Weekly.
Back in March I took a close look at the very first UK Star Wars Weekly comic, dated February 8, 1978. The Marvel release helped thousands of kids across the UK take their first step into a larger world. With Star Wars in wide release across the United Kingdom, the arrival of the comic (along with the long overdue Palitoy 3 3/4-inch action figures and Sphere’s release of the novel) propelled Star Wars from mega hit to cultural icon. In 1978 there was no escape from the galaxy far, far away. Even the pop charts had a galactic feel. Wishing on a “Star” by Rose Royce was at No. 11, “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO was at No. 16, “Galaxy” by War was at No. 17, and “Who’s Gonna Love Me” by The Imperials was at No. 20. Iron-on T-shirts had images of Han Solo and Chewbacca. The vinyl soundtrack was selling out everywhere and the queues just kept going on and on around the block.
For some reason the original UK cover hasn’t been included in this article, so for anyone who’s interested here it is below.