Star Wars #100, 1985, Marvel Comics, Cover by Frank Cirocco.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its celebration and examination of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Eighties, the Bronze Age of Comics, when Marvel’s license with Star Wars was coming to an end.
On this Star Wars Day, I thought it would be fun to pick an anniversary cover from Marvel’s 108-issue run. The cover to issue 100 is beautifully composed and painted by artist Frank Cirocco. Cirocco captures the likenesses of all the familiar characters from the first Star Wars movie, except for Darth Vader, who is absent. In his place is a character called Bey, who appears in the story. The printing colors are terribly muted and darkened, a far cry from Cirocco’s original art (seen below), which is alive with vibrant colors. If only that original art had been used on this POP Retro Cover Of The Week!
Next week: A cover from the image-over-substance, cross-hatchy Nineties!