Star Wars weekly cost 10p.
In keeping with 2000AD’s Tharg, the comic had a fictional editor and Starlord (drawn by Ian Gibson) introduced himself and warned readers of an imminent alien invasion but, on the bright side, they got one of six free badges (which were randomly taped to the cover). The free gift on issue 2 was a ‘Space Calculator’, a cardboard slide giving information on the planets, whilst issue 3 had a ‘Starblast’ game, a version of Battleships with a re-usable wipe-clean laminated card.
|The first appearance of Johnny Alpha and Wulf - written by John Wagner, art by Carlos Ezquerra|
|Ro-busters from issue 19, written by Jack Adrian, art by Pino. The baddies name looks vaguely familiar, doesn't it?|
“Ro-Busters” also ran for the life of the comic with eight stories written by Pat Mills (1, 2, 4), Bill Henry (3), V. Gross (5) and Jack Adrian (6, 7). The artwork was split between Carlos Pino (1, 2, 4, 6, 7) and Ian Kennedy (3, 5).
“Planet Of The Damned” ran for 10 episodes, all written by Wright/Mills.
“Timequake”’s first story ran for three issues, it’s second (also written by Jack Adrian) ran for six and its third (written by Ian Mennell) lasted four.
“Mind Wars” debuted with issue 2 and ran for the life of the comic, written by Alan Hebden and drawn by Jesus Redondo.
“Holocaust” ran for nine issues from number 14, written by Alan Hebdon and a variety of artists.
There were also several one-off stories. “Good Morning, Sheldon, I Love You!” and “Earn Big Money While You Sleep!” were written by Wagner and drawn by Casanovas, while “The Snatch” and “Skirmish!” were written by Alan Hebden and drawn by Pena
|from issue 1|
|The end of the line...|
|One of the banes of my childhood life, as a much-loved comic gets absorbed into another...|
Happy 40th, Starlord - keep watching the stars!
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