The legendary late artist Al Williamsonâ€™s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back stories are collected in the award-winning Artistâ€™s Edition format this April. Included will be the complete adaptation, first published in issues #39 through #44 of the monthly Marvel Star Warscomic. In addition, pages from Star WarsÂ #50, #98 and the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi mini series will also be presented.
“Al loved drawing Star Wars,â€ said Williamsonâ€™s wife, Cori Williamson. â€œItâ€™s a science fiction swashbuckler, the kind of story that really appealed to his sensibilities. As a lover and collector of classic comic-book and comic strip art, I think he would have been thrilled to see his work presented in this format.”
Williamson began his storied career as one of the starÂ artists at EC Comics in the 1950s. In the 1960s Williamson drew the definitive comic-book version ofFlash Gordon, Alex Raymondâ€™s classic comic strip creation. Other highlights of Williamsonâ€™s work include the X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan newspaper strip, as well as the Star Wars newspaper strip. He is an Eisner Award-winning artist and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic-Book Hall of Fame in 2000.
â€œThe collaboration between IDW and Marvel has produced some of the most exceptional collections of reprinted original comic book material ever to be offered,â€ says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. â€œAl Williamsonâ€™s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artistâ€™s Edition of the original Marvel Comics film adaptation is a brightly glowing star within the galaxy of immaculate Star Wars content.â€
George Lucas commented after Williamsonâ€™s passing in 2010, “I was thrilled to be able to have Al depicting those early extended Star Wars adventures for the comic books and newspapers. In capturing the actors who portrayed the characters, he brought the feeling of the films to the page as few other artists have been able to do.”
This incredible Artistâ€™s Edition will be a 160 page hardcover and measure a whopping 14â€x21â€. The Force is strong in this book, donâ€™t you dare miss it!