In 1977, Marvel started publishing an adaptation of Star Wars, which sold extremely well and which some say saved the company. An ongoing series followed, which also adapted ESB and ROTJ(Although ROTJ was in a seperate limited series) as well as adaptations of the Droids and Ewoks cartoons under the STAR label. The series ran for 107 issues before the license shifted to Dark Horse in the 90's.
The Marvel series has interestingly, been rather underrated by many modern Star Wars fans, but elements of it have worked their way into the present version of the EU-the vilainess Lumiya, for instance, is a major player in the latest series of books.
The comics sort of have a fun, carefree style and more flexibility with their stories, which a lot of present Expanded Universe stuff-which takes itself either too seriously or is too focused on continuity-doesn't. The best stories are perhaps by Archie Goodwin (Who also wrote an excellent Star Wars newspaper strip with Al Williamson) although David Micheline and Jo Duffy also had decent runs on the title. Of course, there were some stinkers, but the series-although dated-holds up well.
Any thoughts on this series?