Over 40 Years of Star Wars: A New Hope Novelization Covers

Recently the most expected novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released commercially. It is the continuation of the long book adaptations which started during early 1977’s.  It is a great treat to see the story and the alterations in a comic format. The movie’s scenes will be running on the minds of the readers when they go through the dialogues or the plots.

The comics have never gone out of fashion as people still wait eagerly for the release, especially if it is an adaption of a movie, comments Jackpot Mobile Casino. It is one of the eminent UK mobile casinos to offer casino games of various genres.

The first issue

The first issue of Marvel’s comic adaptation which made a million sales was released on April 12, 1997. The corresponding movie was released on May 25, 1977. It was ghost-written by the legendary Alan Dean Foster and was named as Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. The cover design was made by Ralph McQuarrie and it won a lot of appreciation.

Initially, around 125,000 copies were sold as of February 1977 and later Ballantine sold over 3.5 million copies. The movie underwent almost 30 reprints from 1976 to 1979.

 The Sequel

It is said that Alan Dean Foster was asked to write a novelization of Star Wars and also a squeal of it. When he asked what he should write for the squeal he was said to write whatever he wants but with two conditions. One is that he should not use Han Solo and writing should pave way for a low budget film.

First Japan release

Interestingly the paperback version came into circulation before the hardcover. The gold classic hardcover was released during the 1997s. It also made its way to Japan on May 30, 1978, with two different cover versions. The initial copies had the title in blue font and later came the suggestion from Berkey to change it to a red font with a yellow border.

Release in other

Soon the reputation of Star Wars spread to other countries. Accompanied by John Berkey artwork, Polish and Dutch versions came out and it was followed by the Hungarian cover.

Return of the Jedi and the trilogy

Return of the Jedi made a huge buzz and at the same time, three Del Rey Novelizations were released under a single slipcase along with the awesome Vader line art. Later for the 25th anniversary, the trilogy was released again. The trilogy was released in 1995 by Warner Books as Star Wars Omnibus and it was timed with a home video release.

The special edition

The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition was again released with a stunning hardcover from Del Rey. It was also released in Japan and Germany. In addition to that separate novels were released with an eye-catching gold embossed cover during 1997.

After 40 years, for the 40th anniversary of the original novel, a gentle velvet cover with Hildebrandt Brothers artwork was used. Star Wars was one of the greatest sci-fi movies and it still is. The iconic themes and plots will never be forgotten.