George Lucas’ Original Vision for ‘Star Wars’ Published as Graphic Novel

Dark Horse Comics publishing books based on rough draft of an original screenplay Lucas wrote in 1974

Dark Horse Comics will release an eight-issue mini-series based on George Lucas’ original vision of “Star Wars,” each month starting in September that runs through April 2014.

The plot is based on a rough draft of an original screenplay, titled “The Star Wars,” Lucas wrote in 1974.

LucasBooks executive editor J.W. Rinzler adapted that version as the upcoming comicbooks with art by Mike Mayhew.

In the script and comics, Darth Vader is a general in the Imperial army; Han Solo is a six-foot tall lizard, and Luke Skywalker is an older Jedi general. There is also a character named Annikin Starkiller, evil Sith Knights and the use of “lazer swords.”

The comicbook publisher has released a trailer for the event, revealing its interpretation of how Lucas first imagined the characters.

The graphic novel will be collected in hardcover and be released in June 2014. A trade paperback will be released later in 2014.

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