Thursday, June 22, 2017

Giant Superboy 100 Page Super Spectacular

Technically, it is the 100 Page Super-Spectacular #DC-21 of October, 1973, with a cover by Nick Cardy, featuring Superboy as the larger than life lead, with friends like the Teen Titans, Kid Eternity, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes as features of the issue.
 
Here's a look at the special stories contained within the pages of this volume....


Superboy #94

First up is the story of "The Superboy Revenge Squad" from Superboy #94 (January, 1962), which originally had a cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye, and original story by Robert Bernstein and George Papp.

Aliens planned on finding Superboy's home planet, so they can destroy it.  So, to protect Ma and Pa Kent (and all of Earth), Superboy hypnotized himself to forget his Superboy identity for 24 hours, living as just Clark Kent (so the aliens couldn't home in on him).  But, what of all the problems Superboy usually dealt with?  Well, Clark's friend, Pete Ross (who had secretly found out Clark's Kryptonian identity, but Clark doesn't know Pete knows), takes action, tricking Clark to accidentally use his powers to save people (but Clark then thinks Pete is Superboy while under the influence!).  The ploy worked, the aliens left, and Superboy's memories returned, none the wiser that of the help Pete performed!

Action Comics #313

Next up is the Supergirl back up story from Action Comics #313 (June, 1964), with "Lena Thorul, Jungle Princess", by Leo Dorfman and Jim Mooney (though the cover is for the lead story of the issue, which is by Curt Swan and George Klein).

Lena Thorul was trying to join the FBI, with the government agency sending her to interview Lex Luthor (unknown to them and her, her brother).  With her ESP powers, she finally finds out the truth, which sends the girl into amnesia-like state, eventually wandering to Africa, where she uses her mental powers to work with animals, then returns to the USA when her memories start to come back.  Lex breaks out of jail to invent a formula to remove bad memories, exposes Lena to it so she can forget he is her brother, then is returned to jail by Supergirl.

Adventure Comics #117

Time for an early tale of the young Superman, Superboy, from Adventure Comics #117 (June, 1947) called "The Miracle Plane" by Bill Finger, John Sikela and George Roussos, under a cover by Jack Burnley and George Roussos.


Superboy helps an inventor, who is also the father of Clark Kent's classmate, Gene Dekker, who has invented a VTOL aircraft (which Gene makes a model of and enters in a class contest).  Superboy stops thieves who try to steal the model, with Gene then winning the contest, and Superboy builds a full-size model of the plan, that also works, delighting both the boy and his dad!


Kid Eternity #9

Next up is a lively story from Kid Eternity #9 (Spring, 1948) by William Woolfolk and Al Bryant, featuring Kid Eternity, hero called to heaven too soon and his pal, Mr. Keeper (who originally made the mistake, and now oversees him to help his heroic efforts).

Kid Eternity uses his powers to temporarily revive the dead to help a dying newspaper reporter make a story against local criminal, the Beagle, so that Joe Hodges has a chance to have his name remembered for cleaning up crime in his hometown.  The Kid calls on Mercury (how odd, as the god shouldn't be dead), reporter Richard Harding Davis, and even Cyrano de Bergerac to stop the Beagle (though the Beagle kills Hodges to stop the story, but the Kid revives him, allowing him to finish his last story).


Adventure Comics #332

It's an epic adventure from Adventure Comics #332 (May, 1965) from Edmond Hamilton, John Forte and George Klein, all under a cover by Curt Swan and George Klein, where Superboy and his 30th Century friends, the Legion of Super-Heroes, face off against "The Super-Moby Dick Of Space".

Lightning Lad answers an emergency call from a freighter being attacked by a space creature, and response to save lives as a Legionnaire would, but the beast is able to reflect the boy's lightning powers back at him (poisoning the lighting before it goes  back to Lightning Lad, infecting his arm).  Lightning Lad awakes to find Dr. Lanphier saved his live, but had to amputate his arm.  This causes Lightning Lad to want to hunt down the monster to kill it.  Superboy, Ultra Boy (who got his powers being swallowed by a space creature), Colossal Boy, Saturn Girl, Sun Boy and Brainiac 5 all try to capture the creature, but fail, until Lightning Lad hits it with beams from the robotic arm the doctor gave him.  The creature reduces in size, and Lightning Lad explains Lanphier had enlarged the creature, and gave Lightning Lad the way to defeat him (and the madness Lightning Lad had passed, though the boy hoped to have a real arm again some day....). 


Brave and the Bold #54

Technically called the first appearance of the Teen Titans, Brave and the Bold #54 (June-July, 1964) features Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad in their first meeting, facing off against "The Thousand-and-one Dooms Of Mr. Twister" in a story by Bob Haney, Bruno Premiani and Sheldon Moldoff (with a cover by Bruno Premiani).

The sidekicks of Batman, Flash and Aquaman gathered together to help the kids of Hatton Corners, who are at odds with their parents, as Mr. Twister has kidnapped all the kids, and uses his mystic stick to control the weather, but the super-kids work together to stop the menacing man, with Robin delivering the villain's end, and the children are freed to reunite with their parents.


Superboy #50

Last but not least is "The Super Giant Of Smallville" from Superboy #50 (July, 1956) by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye, which was originally under a cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.

Superboy saves Professor Tinker, an odd scientist living near Smallville, who wants to test his Titanic Tonic formula on the Boy of Steel.  It doesn't work, but Superboy uses optical illusions and a giant puppet to fool the professor into thinking it did.  The supposed giant-sized Superboy still tries to rescue people as the professor tries to make a cure, but ends up causing more damage due to his "enlarged size".  Eventually, the professor comes up with an "antidote", and Superboy hides his giant tools, but was really using his giant self to show the professor that some of his inventions could be dangerous, and to concentrate on safer endeavors (would that other professors Superboy knows would follow his example!).


The back cover of the issue features a cover gallery of four of the stories above (the Adventure Comics, Kid Eternity and the Brave and the Bold), as well as a letters' page, which featured letters on a previous Superboy Super Spectacular (and, of course, Superboy also had an 80-Page Giant in the past, both of which will be looked at in the future!).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Swing Into Summer With Green Lantern, Wonder Woman And Flash

Today is the first day of Summer, and, using Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Flash as a guide, you should be outside, enjoying the water....like they did on the cover of Comic Cavalcade #3 (Summer, 1943) by Frank Harry.

No scene like this exists in the comic....instead we are treated to separate stories of the heroes:

"The Invisible Invader" featuring Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter, "The Guy Who Liked Bananas" with The King by Gardner Fox and Jon Chester Kozlak, "Master Sgt. Meyer Levin, Bombardier And Hero" featuring real life hero Sgt. Meyer Levin by Jon L. Blummer, "A Little Savage Revenge" featuring fictional pilot Hop Harrigan, also by Jon L. Blummer, "The Man Most Likely To Succeed" with Sargon The Sorceror by John B. Wentworth and Sheldon Moldoff, "The Bushmster" featuring Green Lantern by Bill Finger and Stan Aschmeier,  and "The Laws Of Pumpkin Center" with the Flash by Gardner Fox and Lou Ferstadt (along with Mutt & Jeff one-pagers inside).

Best of all, this issue, along with Comic Cavalcade #1 and #2, were reprinted in the Comic Cavalcade Archive #1 (and only) in April, 2005.



Now, stop reading and go outside!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Batman Movie Anniversary

On June 19th, 1989, Batman the movie arrived at a special engagement for a theater, with Michael Keaton as Batman, Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale, Pat Hingle as Com. James Gordon and Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth directed by Tim Burton (with a general release on June 23rd).


DC produced two adaptations of the movie, one deluxe Baxter paper additions, both with covers by artist Jerry Ordway!




Inside the books were the story of Batman as told in this movie, adapted by writer Denny O'Neil and drawn by Jerry Ordway.


Always odd to see a story from comics, made into a movie, then turned back into a comic!  Still, a very interesting look at what movies can do....as well as what works well in a comic book!

Notable as well, for launching a Batman craze in the comics, with Batman taking a major position at DC (yet also remaining a little distant from the rest of the company's characters), and drawing from the very serious treatment of Batman from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke, as well as Frank Miller's work on The Dark Knight Returns with a larger than life Batman/Joker battle and a focus on the psychological ramifications of who created whom, as well as setting up a line of sequels, and ushering in a run of comic book based movies.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day Batman

Happy Father's Day, Batman, as tough as it may be for you.

Here's the cover of Batman: The Long Halloween #9 (August, 1997), of a 13 issue mini-series by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, with Batman paying homage to his deceased father, Thomas Wayne, as we pay homage to those who have lost a dad.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marvel Family Versus The Mad Mummy


With Billy Batson getting his amazing powers as Captain Marvel after he said "Shazam" (the name of an ancient Egyptian wizard, and Billy's mentor), you'd figure that the Marvel Family would face a mummy at some point!

They did, in Marvel Family #79 (January, 1953) when "The Marvel Family Battles The Dynasty Of Horror" by Otto Bender, C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza, including the Mad Mummy (who, after his pyramid was found on the bottom of the ocean, and brought to the surface by Cap, Mary and Junior, who then had to face the monster, freed from his prison of a thousand years, and his gathering of monsters as well....).

The family even got advice from Shazam, as the old Wizard had faced him as well 5000 years ago (or so Shazam said....).

This attempt at cashing in on the horror craze didn't save Shazam or the Marvel Family, as their issues at Fawcett ended 10 later with Marvel Family #89 (January, 1954)...


....but the Marvel Family survived, ending up at DC years later!


Holy Moley!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wonder Woman Versus The Mummy

Think Wonder Woman would have trouble with a mummy?

Think again, as Wonder Woman #161 (April, 1966) by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito has Wonder Woman fighting "The Curse Of Cleopatra"!

Studio executive Magnum Magnus wanted Wonder Woman's help with his mummy movie, as his stars fell under the curse of the tomb, so Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman headed out to play Antony and Cleopatra!

While at the pyramid, it is found out that Countess Draska Nishki is really the mummy, and is defeated by Wonder Woman.

So, in a battle between Wonder Woman and a mummy, we'd know who would win!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Remembering Adam West

What to say about Adam West....the man who was linked with Batman since 1966 and the man behind the mask?


Who inspired generations of fans with his Batman TV Show?


Who was able to work seriously with a camp style Batman?


Whose series introduced non-comic reading America to not only Batman, but also to Robin and, later, Batgirl...



....and a host of Bat-Villains, like the Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Mr. Freeze and the Mad Hatter?




Who got a chance to drive every type of vehicle as the hero...



...from Batmobile to Batcopter to Batcycle to Batboat, proving that there was nowhere for criminals to run?




Who got to introduce fans to other DC heroes live in the Legends of the Superheroes over a decade after his show was off the air.....though it was two of the most forgettable hours of television aired, coming in second to last in both episodes of the specials that aired in the late 1970s?



Who got to come back to the world of Batman, being "Simpsonized" for the Simpsons, playing Batman's mentor (Gray Ghost) in the Batman: the Animated Series, and even back to the Batcave for himself, with a new animated Batman movie in the 1960s style?


Well, we can look back at all that he's done, and say, thanks, old chum.....while the 1960s light-hearted TV Show might not have shown Batman in his best light, it did inspire others, putting Batman in the forefront of DC's heroes for a time, and that was due in no small part to the talents of Adam West.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Birthday George Perez

Happiest of birthdays to artist George Perez.


Among many of the characters he's drawn over the years.....the Avengers, the Justice League of America, the New Teen Titans, the Inhumans, Logan's Run, the Fantastic Four, Firestorm, Wonder Woman, the Crisis On Infinite Earths, Crimson Plague...and so many more!


One of many books on his career, the best is Focus On George Perez from 1985.



This, the full cover from JLA/Avengers #3 (December, 2003, sans markings)....



....and, back in the day, George Perez was also helpful to fan magazines on comics, with covers for Amazing Heroes and Comics Interview!



How appropriate, as George is Amazing!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Don't Hurt My Mummy

One of the stories of House of Secrets #108 (June, 1973) was the story host Abel told (with the help of Maxene Fabe and Rico Rival, with Jack Sparling on the cover) was that of "A New Kid On The Block", not a member of the boy band, but a young Egyptian man who was trying to impress his friends with an ancient dagger he has (that his uncle says is cursed).  The boy's friends convince him to sell it to a crooked pawn broker, but later a friend goes to take it back....finding a mummy attacking the pawn broker, enacting the curse by killing the pawn broker.  Taking the dagger while the mummy was otherwise occupied, the lad sees the mummy going to his Egyptian friend's house, and goes inside, killing the mummy to save his friend.  This starts the Egyptian boy crying...as his friend has killed his mommy (who was a mummy)!

This wraps up our mummy coverage!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Holy Mummy Wrappings Batman!

Seems like Batman and Robin got all wrapped up in the case they were involved in!

In Detective Comics #320 (October, 1963), it was "Batman and Robin -- The Mummy Crime-Fighters" in Gotham (by Dave Wood, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris, with Moldoff providing the cover). 

The dynamic duo weren't ancient Egyptians, but instead, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson were exposed to rays from an alien space capsule, turning their skin green, and to protect their secret identities (especially from prying reporter, Vicki Vale), they had to go into action covered from head to toe, so as not to lose their dual identities (claiming exposure to radiation caused their super-hero selves to be bandaged for a time).  This allowed them to capture the criminal, Eddie Crow.

Ah, for the simplistic time when this was the most logical solution to a problem!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sgt. Rock On D-Day

Among other tales, Joe Kubert came back to Sgt. Rock briefly, working with writer Paul Levitz to tell the story of what Sgt. Rock was doing on D-Day in the story of "Farewell", as a teenager and his father retrace the steps of the boy's granddad on that day of June 6th, 1944 in Joe Kubert Presents #5 (April, 2013).

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wonder Woman She's A Wonder

"She's A Wonder"....the title of the story in Wonder Woman #170 (July, 2001), by Joe Kelly, Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning (all under a cover by Adam Hughes), has reporter Lois Lane following around Wonder Woman (Princess Diana of Themyscira) as she lives a day in her life...and gets some insight on who Wonder Woman is.

A simple, but well told and illustrated tale, that is helpful for anyone who needs to have Wonder Woman defined for them....and a great comic to start on if you've just seen the movie and want an issue to dive in with (as you very much see echos of this at beginning and end of the movie...this also follows very much of the Wonder Woman character that George Perez worked on, when Wonder Woman was rebooted in the 1980s adding more of classic mythology to Wonder Woman's origin.....also a great place to start!).

Of course, there's more....Wonder Woman in the Justice League of America, Wonder Woman in the Justice Society of America, Wonder Woman foes like the Angle Man, Silver Swan and Villainy, Incorporated, and even info on the Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia!



Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Doughnut Day 2017

More doughnut goodness from the Simpsons!


This time, the doughnuts try to escape a hungry Homer in this cover from Bongo Comics Simpsons Comics #198 (January, 2013) by Jason Ho and Mike Rote.



Like the doughnuts even have a chance.



Still, there's more doughnuts to be had by Homer....


....as can be seen in this cover from Simpsons Comics #210 (March, 2014) by Jason Ho and Mike Rote!  


Homer can move pretty fast when he wants to....



....and doughnuts seem to keep him moving!





Last, but not least, one more little bit of doughnut love from the Simpsons....


....this cover from The Simpsons Winter Wingding #3 (November, 2008), by Jason Ho and Mike Rote, with Homer wondering where all the doughnuts have gone....


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wonder Woman Bronze Age Villains

Ever wonder who faced Wonder Woman in the Silver and Bronze Ages?  



Well, wonder no more as here's a quick collection of a few of her villains (represented on the cover of Wonder Woman #323 of February, 1985, by Ed Barreto)....



....Dr. Psycho, Silver Swan, Angle Man and the Cheetah. 



Dr. Psycho

Dr. Psycho's first Earth-1 appearance happened in Wonder Woman #160 (February, 1966) by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but to be fair, he was adapted from the Golden Age Earth-2 villain of the same name, who first appeared in Wonder Woman #5 (June-July, 1943).

The doctor was an evil little man with the ability to manipulate the mind, fighting Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman #160, #163, #165, #168 and #170, then taking a break to come back with Wonder Woman #288 to #290 before the team-up of Wonder Woman villains in Wonder Woman #323 (February, 1985).

Silver Swan

Silver Swan came to life in Wonder Woman #288 (February, 1982) by Roy Thomas, Gene Colan and Romeo Tanghal, with ballet dancer Helen Alexandros being manipulated by the god, Mars, into a super-powered enemy for Wonder Woman.

Silver Swan worked with Dr. Psycho (and his alter ego of Captain Wonder) in Wonder Woman #288 to #290, before returning in Wonder Woman #323 (February, 1985).

Angle Man

Angle Man bent his way into Wonder Woman's life on Earth-1 starting with Wonder Woman #115 (July, 1960) by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but his alternate Earth originator started much earlier, with Wonder Woman #62 (November-December, 1953) as "Angle" Andrews, before becoming the Angle Man in Wonder Woman #70 (November, 1954).

A villain in a business suit who could calculate all the angles, messing with Wonder Woman in flashback issues of Wonder Woman #164 and #161, then continuing in Wonder Woman #115, #128, #130, Justice League of America #14 (which might have convinced him to join the Academy of Arch-Villains in Wonder Woman #141), Wonder Woman #158 and #174, before getting a bit of a rest, then coming back as a costumed villain with a powerful device called the Angler in Secret Society of Super-Villains #10 and DC Special Series #6, keeping those items to face Wonder Woman again, in Wonder Woman #243, #254 and then #271 to #273, before facing Etta Candy's version of Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman #323 (February, 1985). 

Cheetah

The Cheetah was an actual new villain with an old name, with Deborah Domaine premiering in Wonder Woman #274 (December, 1980) by Gerry Conway, Jose Delbo and Dave Hunt, as the niece of the original Cheetah, Priscilla Rich, with Debbi being a recipient of the wealth the Cheetah had collected over the years (but not being aware of her aunt's villainous past).

Debbi was trying to save the planet (because she had wealth because of her aunt), until her aunt died, and Debbi was taken by agents of Kobra, who had planned to recruit the original, now deceased, Cheetah, so instead turned her niece into a crazed cat lady, to have her attack Wonder Woman as the new Cheetah in Wonder Woman #274 and #275, then later joining with the Secret Society of Super-Villains to face the Justice League and Justice Society in Justice League of America #195 to #197, before joining up with Wonder Woman's foes in Wonder Woman #323 (February, 1985). 

These villains all appeared in the Crisis On Infinite Earths, which erased the Silver/Bronze Age Wonder Woman, and all her foes (and even villains like the original Golden Age Cheetah), from history (for a time)...


....though they all did come back.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wonder Woman Lie Detector

Wonder Woman would make liars tell the truth with her Golden Lasso, but Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston (also under the pen name of Charles Moulton), helped to create a systolic blood pressure test (which led to the modern day lie detector).

Here's a little of how that truth intersected with Wonder Woman comics!

Wonder Woman #53

In Wonder Woman #53 (May-June, 1952) by Robert Kanigher and H.G. Peter (and a cover by Irwin Hasen and Bernie Sachs)...




....one of the stories of the issue was the tale of "The Wonder Woman Nobody Knows", where a reporter followed Wonder Woman around all day, sometimes asking questions, all in an attempt to save her own job at the magazine she worked for....



Sadly, this story has not been reprinted for a modern audience. 


Wonder Woman #217

With Wonder Woman #217 (April-May, 1975), under a cover by Mike Grell, the tale was told of "The Day Time Broke Loose", by Elliot Maggin, Dick Dillin and Vince Colletta, wherein Green Arrow was narrating the tale of one of Wonder Woman's 12 Labors to rejoin the Justice League while hooked up to a lie detector, telling of Wonder Woman's reality bending battle with the Duke of Deception, by the end of which, both Green Arrow and Wonder Woman weren't sure of what was true anymore (and showed that the JLA needed Wonder Woman for her Golden Lasso, as well as everything else Diana brought to the table).

This issue also reprinted a story from Wonder Woman's Golden Age, telling of Diana Prince (the young woman whose identity the Princess from Paradise Island took over to stay near Steve Trevor....this from Sensation Comics #9), and a tale from the Silver Age, with Wonder Woman facing the Time-Master, from Wonder Woman #101.

Best of all, you can find all twelve of Diana's labors from Wonder Woman #212 to #222 in the tradepaperback of Wonder Woman: The Twelve Labors from 2012.....and that's the truth.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

For Memorial Day

Remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms on Memorial Day.


I present this cover, from artist Joe Kubert, from Weird War Tales #2 (November-December, 1971).


Usually, Weird War Tales stories had a supernatural or science fiction angle, but we'll let this cover speak for itself, about the bravery of our soldiers, and the pain of those they left behind.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Marvel At Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Back on May 25th, 1977, "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away", a movie arrived in theaters that changed the world...."Star Wars".   Soon after, came the comic books adaptations from Marvel Comics (then, later, Dark Horse Comics, and then back to Marvel!).


Let's look back at these comics!


Star Wars - 6 issues

The original Star Wars saga was printed in six comics from to July to December, 1977...


...with the adaptation written by Roy Thomas, with art by Howard Chaykin, Steve Leialoha (issues #2-#5), and Rick Hoberg, Bill Wray and Dave Stevens (issue #6).


The first cover was by Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer, the second by Rick Hoberg and Tom Palmer, the third by Gil Kane and Tom Palmer, the fourth by Rick Hoberg and Frank Giacoia, the fifth by Rick Hoberg and Dave Cockrum and the sixth by Rick Hoberg, with most of the issues having reprints done at the time (labeled as such in the upper box).


Star Wars - 2 Marvel Special Editions

Marvel reprinted the saga in oversized Marvel Special Editions #1 and #2 (with #1 having a cover by Rick Hoberg and Dave Cockrum, reprinting original issues #1 to #3, and MSE #2 reprinting original issues #4 to #6, with a cover by Howard Chaykin and Tony DeZuniga, with both treasuries coming out in 1977.

Star Wars - Marvel Special Edition

Marvel outdid itself with Marvel Special Edition #3 in 1978, collecting all 6 original Star Wars issues in an oversized treasury, with a cover by Ernie Chan...all "complete in one issue!" with 114 pages!!!!



By this point, Marvel should have felt they really got their money's worth on the work done for the first George Lucas' Star Wars movie.


But wait....


....there's more!


Star Wars - Marvel Movie Showcase

Marvel went back to the original saga, trying to give it new hope with the Marvel Movie Showcases, with #1 of November, 1982 featuring the first 3 issues of the original story (and a cover with characters colored to look more like the movie), and #2, which featured issues #4 to #6 (coming out in December, 1982).

Classic Star Wars: A New Hope

Marvel had given up on the Star Wars license for a time, so Dark Horse Comics took over, giving the world new stories of Luke, Leia, Han and more....as well as its own reprints of Classic Star Wars: A New Hope, as the original movie was now being referred to, with Art Adams giving us the cover to #1 (reprinting #1 to #3) in June, 1994, and Adam Hughes doing cover #2, for July, 1994, with original issues #4 to #6.

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus 

Marvel got he rights to the Star Wars license back, and couldn't wait for a collection of original Star Wars comics. 

All six of the original  "Star Wars: A New Hope", and all the way up to the original Star Wars issues #44...

...as well as all the covers above are in the Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus #1 of January, 2015, with a color corrected cover...

...finally letting readers see Howard Chaykin's cover as it should have been, with Han, Leia, Luke, Ben and Darth Vader as they should have been, "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....."