Aug 24, 2011

Star Wars Wednesday - Happy 5th Birthday

No, I'm not talking about my 5th birthday because Star Wars wasn't even out yet...feel old much?

Anyway, here's a couple pages from Bantha Tracks #16 from May 1982 celebrating 5 years of Star Wars. When you read things like this from when the movies were still being made and compare it to the current day geek zeitgeist, it's easy to forget that there was a time when Star Wars wasn't everywhere.

From the end of Kenner making Star Wars toys in 1986 until the release of Heir to the Empire in 1991, Star Wars went to the backest of back burners culturally. At least that's how it felt to me because it had vanished from the public eye. My friends and I still held a love for it and watched the movies on VHS (and sometimes laser disc) over and over. But aside from West End Games turning out RPG books and the occasional video game during that time, there was precious little going on in the GFFA. It's worth noting that these RPG books established a lot of the EU lore about people, places and things from the original movies.

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