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Empire and Rebellion





EPISODE IV
A NEW HOPE

Film: George Lucas, 20th Century Fox
Score: John Williams, RCA Records
CD1:
2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
3. Imperial Attack
13. Binary Sunset (alternate)
4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler
5. The Moisture Farm
6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset
7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People
8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force
9. Burning Homestead
10. Mos Eisley Spaceport
11. Cantina Band #1 (Mad About Me)
12. Cantina Band #2 (Worm Case)
CD2:
2. The Millenium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
3. Destruction of Alderaan
4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers
5. Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga
7. The Trash Compactor
8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire
9. Ben Kenobi’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack
1. Princess Leia’s Theme
10. The Battle of Yavin (Launch from the Fourth Moon/X-Wings Draw Fire/Use the Force)
11. The Throne Room/End Title

Novel: Alan Dean Foster
Publication:
·         Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker
·         The Star Wars Trilogy
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Continuity: The novel, though based on George Lucas’s original screenplay and credited to him, was actually ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster, and formerly titled Star Wars: from the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. The question of how “official” the novelizations of the films are is a much-debated one among aficionados; as they were written based on earlier drafts of the screenplays, certain minor discrepancies can be found, and these are the cause of much consternation. For instance, in A New Hope, the Cantina scene is radically different from the one in the film, and in The Empire Strikes Back, Hobbie is apparently killed, but his character has survived through many of the books. Minor differences in dialogue can also be found, but the fact remains that the novels are the generally the only source of scenes were shot or written for the film, but did not survive the final edit.


Comic: Roy Thomas
Art: Howard Chaykin
1.    “Star Wars!” Marvel Comics
2.    “Six Against the Galaxy!” Marvel Comics
3.    “Death Star!” Marvel Comics
4.    “In Battle with Darth Vader” Marvel Comics
5.    “Lo, the Moons of Yavin” Marvel Comics)
6.    “The Final Chapter?” Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: The Complete Saga, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics

National Public Radio Dramatization: Brian Daley
Publisher: Del Rey Books

Graphic Novel: Bruce Jones
Publication:
·         Special Edition #1-4
·         Omnibus: The Complete Saga
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Graphic Novel (Infinities): Chris Warner
Publication: Infinities: A New Hope #1-4
Publication: Dark Horse Comics

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publication: Star Wars Trilogy
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Children’s Book: John Whitman
Publisher: Chronicle Books


DROIDS
 “STAR WARS ACCORDING TO THE DROIDS”

“THE STAR WARS ADVENTURE PART II: THE FORCE”

Comic: David Manak
Publication:
·         Droids #6 (Marvel Star Comics)
·         Omnibus: Droids and Ewoks (Dark Horse Comics)
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


DROIDS
 “STAR WARS ACCORDING TO THE DROIDS  
BOOK II: DARTH VADER’S VENGEANCE”

Comic: David Manak
Publication:
·         Droids #7 (Marvel Star Comics)
·         Omnibus: Droids and Ewoks (Dark Horse Comics)
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


 DROIDS
 “THE STAR WARS ADVENTURE BOOK III: THE LAST JEDI”

Comic: David Manak
Publication:
·         Droids #8 (Marvel Star Comics)
·         Omnibus: Droids and Ewoks (Dark Horse Comics)
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


 “TANTIVE IV”

Comic: Formalin
Publication: Manga: Black
Publisher: Tokyopop
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“TROOPER”

Graphic Short Story: Garth Ennis
Publication:
·         Tales #10
·         Tales vol. 3
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Could the ice battle depicted in this comic short story be the elusive “raid on Hoth” mentioned in the Endor article of The Illustrated Star Wars Universe?
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


 “SKIPPY, THE JEDI DROID”

Graphic Short Story: Peter David
Publication:
·         Tales #1
·         Tales vol. 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


TROOPS

Fan Film: Kevin Rubio
Canon Level: non-canon (parody)


“TATOOINE”

Article: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Placement: The references in the Galaxy of Fear novels make clear that John Whitman, at least, assumes these events to have taken place years prior to the Battle of Yavin. However, as his dating for that entire series was off (he assumed that only a year passed between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back), I’m going to assume that this was in error, too, as Jabba does not acquire his Rancor (mentioned in this article) until about a year prior to the Battle of Yavin. With the exception of the presence of the rancor, the placement of this entry seemed to me to be somewhat arbitrary; therefore, I am moving it back to my original position. I thought that since it ended in the Mos Eisley Cantina, it would serve well as an introduction to the Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (not to mention the fact that the idea of having any one of the aliens in the Cantina at the time of A New Hope being the narrator—a shapeshifter—appeals to my sense of irony).
Canon Level: Legends


“SMUGGLER’S BLUES”

Graphic Short Story: The Fillbach Brothers (Matt and Shawn)
Publication:
·         Tales #14
·         Tales vol. 4
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


“WAR ON THE JUNDLAND WASTES”

Graphic Short Story: Mike W. Barr
Artist: Bob Molesworth
Publication:
·         Star Wars Comic #1, Titan Magazines, Janurary 29, 2014
Canon Level: Lucasfilm Story Group


“DRAWING THE MAPS OF PEACE”
THE MOISTURE FARMER’S TALE

Short Story: M. Shayne Bell
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“WE DON’T DO WEDDINGS”
THE BAND’S TALE

Short Story: Kathy Tyers
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Trivia: As a musician, Kathy Tyers makes a clever reference to John Williams’ notes for the Cantina Band piece on the original LP soundtrack.
Canon Level: Legends


“A HUNTER’S FATE”
GREEDO’S TALE

Short Story: Tom and Martha Veitch
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books

Webstrip: Pablo Hidalgo
Continuity:In “A Hunter’s Fate,” Greedo’s age is given as eighteen standard years. In the Phantom Menace novelization and deleted scenes, Anakin is shown fighting a young Rodian named Greedo; however, this has been suggested to be Greedo the Elder (Greedo’s father) in an attempt to resolve this continuity gaffe. It was initially my intention to suggest that Greedo had been on Tatooine on a number of years before moving back to Nar Shadaa, but a reference to the Empire already in existence makes this nonsensical at this point in time. Since the character’s inclusion in The Clone Wars, however, one could assume that the Empire referred to was the old Sith Empire, and there is indeed a break in this short story that could allow for such a move.
Canon Level: Legends

 “CANTINA SCENE”

Comic: Kerry Grammill
Publication: Rockets Blast Comics Collector #139
Canon Level: non-canon


“SOUP’S ON”
THE PIPE-SMOKER’S TALE

Short Story: Jennifer Roberson
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“SWAP MEET”
THE JAWA’S TALE

Short Story: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“TRADE WINS”
THE RANAT’S TALE

Short Story: Rebecca Moesta
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“WHEN THE DESERT WIND TURNS”
THE STORMTROOPER’S TALE

Short Story: Doug Beason
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends



“AT THE CROSSROADS”
THE SPACER’S TALE

Short Story: Jerry Oltion
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends

“SPARE PARTS”

Short Story: Pablo Hidalgo
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #11, West End Games
Continuity: A follow-up game adventure, “Shape-Shifters,” was written by Hidalgo for Adventure Journal #12.
Canon Level: Legends


“HAMMERTONG”
THE TALE OF THE “TONNIKA SISTERS”

Short Story: Timothy Zahn
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“PLAY IT AGAGIN, FIGRIN D’AN”
THE TALE OF MUFTAK AND KABE

Short Story: A.C. Crispin
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Trivia: Muftak and Kabe make a cameo at the end of Crispin’s Rebel Dawn.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE SAND TENDER”
THE HAMMERHEAD’S TALE

Short Story: Dave Wolverton
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends

“DROID TROUBLE”

Short Story: Chuck Sperati
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #3, West End Games
Continuity: A follow-up game adventure, “A Deal Gone Sour,” was written by Sperati for Adventure Journal #4.
Canon Level: Legends


101 NEKS
THE ADVENTURES OF BUNGO & RUSTI

Comic: Jim Anderson
Canon Level: Non-canon


“ONCE BITTEN”

Graphic Short Story: C.B. Cubulski
Publication:
·         Tales #12
·         Tales vol. 3
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“BE STILL MY HEART”
THE BARTENDER’S TALE

Short Story: David Bischoff
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“NIGHTLILY”
THE LOVERS’ TALE

Short Story: Barbara Hambly
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


 “EMPIRE BLUES”
THE DEVARONIAN’S TALE

Short Story: Daniel Keys Moran
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Publisher: Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: Labria’s fate can be found in Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett, also by Moran.
Canon Level: Legends


THE ADVENTURES OF DANNEN LIFEHOLD
“BREAKING FREE”

Short Story: Dave Marron
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #1, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


THE ADVENTURES OF DANNEN LIFEHOLD
“CHANGING THE ODDS”

Short Story: Dave Marron
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #3, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


“A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW”

Short Story: Charlene Simser (as Charlene Newcomb)
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #8, West End Games
·         Tales from the Empire, Bantam Spectra Books
Trivia: This tale was inspired by the cover to Riders of the Maelstrom.
Canon Level: Legends


JOURNAL
THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
By Luke Skywalker

Junior Novel: John Peel
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends


JOURNAL
CAPTIVE TO EVIL
By Princess Leia Organa

Junior Novel: Judy Blundell (as Jude Watson)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends


“SERGIO ARAGONES STOMPS STAR WARS

Graphic Short Story: Sergio Aragones
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, chapters 14-16
·         The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, chapters 10-12
·         A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, chapters 6, 7


“X-WING: ROGUE SQUADRON”

Graphic Short Story: Mike W. Barr (story by Michael A. Stackpole)
Publication:
·         X-Wing: Rogue Squadron ½ (Special)
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“WAR PORTRAIT: GARVEN DREIS”

Short Story: Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry
Publication: The Essential Guide to Warfare
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Canon Level: Legends


THE SAGA OF BIGGS DARKLIGHTER

Graphic Novel: Paul Chadwick
Publication:
·         Empire #8, 9, 12, 15
·         Empire vol. 2: Darklighter
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine
Continuity: The events begin several months prior to the Battle of Yavin.
Canon Level: Legends


“WHAT SIN LOYALTY?”

Graphic Short Story: Jeremy Barlow
Publication:
·         Empire #13
·         Empire vol. 3: The Imperial Perspective
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


DEATH STAR

Novel: Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Canon Level: Legends


“THE LONG, BAD DAY”

Graphic Short Story: Mike Denning
Publication:
·         Tales #16
·         Tales vol. 4
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


“THE SAVAGE HEART”

Graphic Short Story: Dave Land (as Paul Alden)
Publication:
·         Empire #14
·         Empire vol. 3: The Imperial Perspective
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Darth Vader reaches an Imperial outpost, and returns to Coruscant for the first time after the destruction of the Death Star. There is some discrepancy between the different accounts of Vader’s return. Most seem to imply that he did not actually report back until after he had discovered the identity of Luke Skywalker (see the note for Vader’s Quest). One way to reconcile this might be to assume a length of time between the first few days after Vader’s experience at the Imperial outpost and his return to Coruscant (in which his cape is shown tattered as it was on the planet). Since most of the stories refer to the Emperor receiving word of the destruction of the Death Star from Vader before he actually returns to Coruscant, this actually works fairly well. Another would be to assume that he returned to Coruscant, but did not report to the Emperor as he had planned; instead leaving to search for the pilot who destroyed the Death Star (this seems to be confirmed by the text in The New Essential Chronology).
Canon Level: Legends


 “OH!! JAWA JAWA”

Comic: Hitoshi Ariga
Publication: Manga: Silver
Publisher: Tokyopop
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“THE DAY AFTER THE DEATH STAR!”

 “SPACE DUEL!”

 “EMPIRE KILLS!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino and Gene Day
Publication:
·         Star Wars Weekly #97-99 (Marvel Comics U.K.) January 2,9, & 16, 1980
·         The Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Star Wars
·         Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy (Dark Horse Comics)
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Ruminations: After skillfully demonstrating his piloting skills in the destruction of the Death Star, Luke promptly manages to crash his X-Wing for the first time on the surface of Yavin. This would turn out to be something of a habit for him (Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, The Empire Strikes Back).
Canon Level: Legends


ASSAULT ON YAVIN FOUR
MISSIONS #1

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

ESCAPE FROM THYFERRA
MISSIONS #2

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

ATTACK ON DELRAKKIN
MISSIONS #3

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

DESTROY THE LIQUIDATOR
MISSIONS #4

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Continuity: This series was meant to take place prior to the Marvel Comics, which the authors admitted was a bit tight. A careful reading would show exactly how tight, as Archie Goodwin and Roy Thomas had more or less completely chronicled the period immediately following the Battle of Yavin. The Pizzazz comic shorts must take place very shortly after “The Day After the Death Star,” as they feature an urgent mission to alert other systems of what has just happened at Yavin, and R2-D2 starts to malfunction due to a rushed repair job (surely something that would have been noticed prior to this, had these stories not been intended to take place immediately after Episode IV). Moreover, Darth Vader is still said to be missing in issue #7 of the Marvel comic series, and while I realize that this could be interpreted to mean that the Rebels themselves are ignorant of his status, the implication from a straightforward reading of the text seems to be that his whereabouts are still unknown to everyone, which means that the comic series must pick up almost immediately after the film. So while I have done my best to space and place these stories where they will cause the least dramatic damage to each other, I still maintain that some of them are simply different stories assigned to the same time period, and do not necessarily all co-exist in the same fictitious “reality.” This notion is further reinforced by the fact that the same authors claiming to be writing this series to take place prior to the Marvel series then proceeded to write a comic book tie-in for Kids magazine which featured an early evacuation from Yavin—completely destroying the notion that they evacuated after the Marvel series and during the Archie Goodwin newspaper strips (reprinted as Classic Star Wars). Conclusion—same events, different tellings (this, admittedly, is personal preference; I have less of a problem with this approach than retconning different pastiches to be multiple similar events, all unlikely but somehow true stories).
Canon Level: Legends


 “ONE THOUSAND LEVELS DOWN”

Short Story: Alexander Freed
Publication: Star Wars Insider#151, Titan
Canon Level: Lucasfilm Story Group


“TO THE LAST MAN”

Graphic Novel: Randy Stradley (as Welles Hartley)
Art: Davidé Fabbri
Publication:
·         Empire #16-18
·         Empire vol. 3: The Imperial Perspective
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine
Continuity: No word of the victory at Yavin has yet reached the ears of the Imperial Navy.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE KEEPER’S WORLD” (Parts 1 & 2)

 “DREAD DISCOVERY!”

 “A MATTER OF MONSTERS!”

 “PURSUIT AMONG THE RUINS”

 “DO YOU KNOW WHAT
YOUR CHILDREN ARE?”

Comic: Roy Thomas
Art: Howard Chaykin and Tony DeZuniga
Publication:
·         Pizzazz Magazine #1-6 (Marvel Comics)
·         Star Wars #0 (Dark Horse Comics)
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Continuity: It seems likely that the Pizzazz story arcs are meant to be concurrent with issue #7 of the Marvel comics. If not, they must take place immediately prior, as R2-D2 is malfunctioning from a hasty repair job (something that surely would have been noticed prior to this had much time passed).
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“CAVERNS OF MYSTERY!”

“THE KEEPER’S SECRET!”

“THE FINAL FURY!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Tony DeZuniga
Publication:
·         Pizzazz Magazine #7-9, Marvel Comics
·         Star Wars #0, Dark Horse
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE KINGDOM OF ICE!”

“THE SNOW DEMONS!”

“TREACHERY!”

“DEATH TRAP!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Walt Simonson and Klaus Janson
Publication:
·         Pizzazz Magazine #10-13, Marvel Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SNOW FURY!”

“THE ICE WORM COMETH!”

“SHOWDOWN!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Dave Cockrum and John Tartaglione
Publication:
·         Pizzazz Magazine #14-16, Marvel Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

“PURSUIT: WAR ON ICE!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Dave Cockrum and John Tartaglione
Publication:
·         Star Wars Weekly #60, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         The Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Star Wars
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: The Pizzazz storyline was concluded in the U.K. Star Wars Weekly series.
Canon Level: Legends


“NEW PLANETS, NEW PERILS”

Comic: Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin
Art: Howard Chaykin
Publication:
·         Star Wars #7, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: This is still very early after the Battle of Yavin, as the characters seem to think that Darth Vader may not have yet reached an Imperial outpost.
Ruminations: The Marvel Comics series almost warrants its own timeline, and indeed several timeline authors have created just such an allowance. Because the goal was to be comprehensive, I have placed the series as close as I could to its context of the overall Star Wars story arc. However, the Marvel Comics seemed to have been written with the idea that the Star Wars series was set in the far future, rather than the far past. This notion is borne out by the letter columns, and internal evidence within the comics themselves. It is also interesting to note that while many of the same authors worked on comics in different mediums, they did not see fit to create a single continuity, even within their own work. So several stories are echoed or ignored, yet all have their roots in the Marvel Comics. The events were not taken into account when the original Bantam/Dark Horse contracts were signed with Lucasfilm, and then it was later decided that the Marvel series was also canon, with certain events necessarily being overwritten, as many stories had already been published under the general assumption that the Marvel series was considered apocryphal (there has been some dispute over this fact, but virtually all of the early interviews reflect this view).
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“EIGHT FOR ADUBA-3”

Comic: Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin
Art: Howard Chaykin
Publication:
·         Star Wars #8, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Trivia: Sergi-X Arrogantus is an homage to Sergio Aragones.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SHOWDOWN ON A WASTELAND WORLD”

Comic: Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin
Art: Howard Chaykin
Publication:
·         Star Wars#9, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“BEHEMOTH FROM THE WORLD BELOW”

Comic: Donald F. Glut, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin
Art: Howard Chaykin
Publication:
·         Star Wars #10, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


THE STARHOPPERS OF ADUBA-3

Article: Pablo Hidalgo, Cory J. Herndon, and Michael Mikaelian
Art: Mikael Noguchi
Publicattion: Star Wars Gamer 4
Canon Level: Legends


SCOUNDRELS

Novel: Timothy Zahn
Placement: This story probably has to take place more or less between opening panels of the comic “Star Search,” as Solo has lost his reward to Crimson Jack, but has apparently not yet been reunited with his friends from the Rebellion. Darth Vader is absent from Imperial Center, leaving his spies temporarily leaderless. There is a reference to an “Ord Mantell drop,” but this seems to be prior to the Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell story, so it is probably unrelated. Both the Ylesia incident (Rebel Dawn) and “that Yavin Vassilika incident” (Underworld) are referenced. Zahn tosses in nods to Revan and Malak and Sise Fromm, as well as a few others.
Canon Level: Legends


“STAR SEARCH!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars#11, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Ruminations: Archie Goodwin has arrived on the scene, armed to the teeth with exclamation points.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DOOMWORLD!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #12
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DAY OF THE DRAGON LORDS!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #13, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE SOUND OF ARMAGEDDON!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #14, Marvel ComicsClassic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“STAR DUEL!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #15, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


 “TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY”

Novel: Kathy Tyers
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #6, West End Games
Continuity: Tinian has been on the lam for three weeks, and has just learned of the recent destruction of Alderaan and the Death Star. This also dates “Tinian on Trial” at roughly three weeks prior to the Battle of Yavin.
Canon Level: Legends


“FAIR PREY”

Short Story: Daniel Wallace
Publication: Star Wars Gamer #1
Continuity: Weeks after “The Great Herdship Heist,” with a reference to a “rumored victory at Yavin.” The story is a reworking of “The Most Dangerous Game.”
Canon Level: Legends


“SILENT DRIFTING”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #24, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: Events follow issue #15. Flashback tale of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the final days of the Clone Wars. Frame story followed immediately by the events recounted in “The Stenax Shuffle.”
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source: “The Stenax Shuffle”

The frame story takes place shortly after Episode V.


“CRUCIBLE”

Comic: Archie Goodwin and Chris Claremont
Art: Herb Trimpe
Publication:
·         Star Wars #17, Dark Horse Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: Frame story.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE OCCUPATION OF RHAMALAI”

Short Story: M. H. Watkins
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #13, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


“SANDBOUND ON TATOOINE”

Short Story: Peter Schweighofer
Art: Jeff Rebner
Publication: The Star Wars Galaxy #10, Topps
Trivia: Featuring Platt Okeefe (perhaps a relative of Miles O’Keefe?) from the Star Wars Adventure Journal.
Canon Level: Legends


“SACRIFICE”

Comic: John Wagner
Art: Cam Kennedy
Publication:
·         Empire #7, Dark Horse Comics
·         Boba Fett: Man with a Mission, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Boba Fett, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“THE REBEL THIEF”

 “THE FORBIDDEN FORTRESS”

 “DUEL TO THE DEATH!”

 “THE HAMMERHEAD CONNECTION!”

 “RETURN OF THE MERCENARIES”

Comic: Ryder Windham
Art: Gary Erskine
Publication:
·         Star Wars Kids #1-5, Scholastic Books
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Connected to the events of the Missions stories (see note for Bounty Hunters vs. Battle Droids).
Canon Level: Legends


REVOLT OF THE BATTLE DROIDS
MISSIONS #9

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

SHOWDOWN IN MOS EISLEY
MISSIONS #10

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

BOUNTY HUNTERS VS. BATTLE DROIDS
MISSIONS #11

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Placement: In Bounty Hunters vs. Battle Droids, it is mentioned that Solo has been to Tatooine recently to see Sprool the Trader (The Rebel Thief).
Canon Level: Legends

THE VACTOOINE DISASTER
MISSIONS #12

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic
Continuity: These stories were apparently written under the assumption that Lando Calrissian was already in possession of Cloud City, and had been for some years. This was a natural assumption to make, based on “A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9” and the implication at the end of Lando Calrissian and the StarCave of Thonboka that he had enough money to purchase a city (despite the fact that the novelization of Episode V made clear that he had won it in a game of sabaac—which appears to be the first reference to this now-famous game). Donald F. Glut’s novelization would also seem to bear this out, as Han seems to only vaguely recall having been to Cloud City, and associating it with Lando. However, A.C. Crispin’s Han Solo Trilogy changes these events greatly by pushing back Lando’s coming into possession of Cloud City, which is then echoed in the Galaxy of Fear novels and the Tales story “Lady Luck.” This is not a problem for the Crispin novels, the Effinger short story, or the Whitman books, but it does cause a problem for these Windham Missions, because the dating no longer works. If one goes by the dates in the Galaxy of Fear novels (which, as pointed out in the notes, need not cause a problem except in book 12) and the short story “Lady Luck,” Lando does not come into possession of Cloud City until approximately a year after the Battle of Yavin. This is, unfortunately, only months after the evacuation of Yavin, which means that the reference of the droid character having searched for EV-9D9 for “years” is not only wrong, but drastically wrong, since, according to the story, the Rebels are still on Yavin during this time period! There is no good solution for this problem, so I have reluctantly decided that rather than re-date a number of other stories to make them barely fit this one, I would simply let this series stay where it was originally intended to go, and allow one minor continuity error to ride, outweighed by the possibility of numerous other major errors if I were to shuffle all of the other stories accordingly.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE HUNTER!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #16, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: The Starkiller Kid and Merri are married and expecting (though she isn’t showing yet). Clearly some time was supposed to have passed, but due to the compression of the new chronology (sigh), they must have gotten right to work.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE EMPIRE STRIKES!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #18, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE ULTIMATE GAMBLE!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #19, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DEATHGAME!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #20, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1: Doomworld, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SHADOW OF A DARK LORD!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #21, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: Force contact with Vader, confirming that what the Rebels had only suspected up till then—that Vader was alive.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“TO THE LAST GLADIATOR!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #22, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“FLIGHT INTO FURY!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #23, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SIEGE AT YAVIN!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #25, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: This issue features the beginning of the Imperial blockade of the Yavin system.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DOOM MISSION!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #26, Dark Horse Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


SCOUNDREL’S LUCK

Solitaire Adventure: Troy Denning
Art: Francis Mao
Continuity: The past month has been spent looking for Darth Vader.
Publication: West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


JEDI’S HONOR

Solitaire Adventure: Troy Denning
Art: Francis Mao
Publication: West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


REBEL FORCE #1:
TARGET

Junior Novel: Alex Wheeler
Continuity: The Emperor recalls Darth Vader giving him the news about the destruction of the Death Star from across the galaxy (chapter 1). Vader has not returned to Coruscant yet. Luke has spent two weeks doing little more than lightsaber practice on Yavin 4. Whether it has been two weeks since the destruction of the Death Star is unclear (see note for Rebel Force #3).
Trivia: Due to the tone and the choice of characters used in this series, much speculation has gone on regarding the true identity of “Alex Wheeler.” Many believe the author to be Judy Blundell (Jude Watson), carrying the torch from her last serial novels.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends


REBEL FORCE #2:
HOSTAGE

Junior Novel: Alex Wheeler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Ruminations: I thought the choice to bring Ferus into this series was unfortunate, as Jude Watson had set up a lovely bittersweet ending that perfectly passed the torch in Last of the Jedi. Overall, however, this youth novel series does a good job of bringing that classic Star Wars feel back to the universe, and tying together the two eras.
Canon Level: Legends


REBEL FORCE #3:
RENEGADE

Junior Novel: Alex Wheeler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Continuity: In the first book, the text seems to imply that only a couple of weeks have passed since the destruction of the Death Star (a reference is made to two weeks on Yavin doing little more than lightsaber training). This book states that a few months have passed. Since the first three novels cover a short space of time and are clearly contiguous (unless one believes that a rather large break exists between a couple of early chapters), the latter is more consistent with Ferus having tracked Vader’s movements—presumably after Yavin—for a couple of months (Trapped). It should be noted that Bossk loses a couple of limbs to Luke’s blade in this story. Since Trandoshans regenerate, that would ordinarily not be a problem, but the story that introduced that idea (Chewbacca, by Darko Macon) also indicated that the process took years, and the limbs were, like lizards’ tails, inferior versions of the original. This leaves a potential continuity issue with The Bounty Hunter Wars (the flashback events of which are nearly concurrent with these stories). The sequence of events must be roughly as follows:
ü  Vader reaches an Imperial outpost (“Savage Heart”) and reports the destruction of the Death Star (Target, chapter 1).
ü  He returns to Coruscant (“Savage Heart”) fully intending to report to the Emperor in person, but changes his mind, instead going on a weeks-long quest to discover the identity of the Rebel who destroyed the Death Star.
ü  Vader discovers that a “Skywalker” destroyed the Death Star (Vader’s Quest). He keeps this knowledge private.
ü  Vader returns to Coruscant to report in person to the Emperor (Darth Vader’s Return/Vader’s Quest)
ü  Vader oversees the construction of the Executor (Rogue Squadron to the Rescue)
ü  Flashback events of The Mandalorian Armor
ü  Vader takes the Executor as his flagship (though it has not yet been christened with the attack on Yavin 4)
ü  Flashback events of Slave Ship/Hard Merchandise
ü  Bossk’s maiming confrontation with Luke (Renegade)
ü  Vader calls off X-7’s mission to assassinate the rebel who destroyed the Death Star (Trapped)
ü  Vader is still (apparently) searching for Skywalker (Allegiance).
ü  Vader discovers that the person who destroyed the Death Star is LUKE Skywalker, and encounters, but does not truly duel, him (“Dark Lord’s Gambit”).
Vader pursues Luke on and off, perhaps thrown by the possibility that it is another Skywalker (see notes for “The Constancia Affair”). At some point, he determines that Luke must be his son (Star Wars newspaper strips).
Canon Level: Legends



Children’s Book: Eleanor Ehrhardt
Publisher: Random House
Continuity: Slightly more consistent with the recent Wheeler books in the sense that all of the Rebel heroes are on Tatooine, as opposed to just Luke (in the comics/newspaper strips).
Ruminations: Stories like this I tend to lump into the category of apocryphal tales, probably told to the young Solo children (along the lines of “The Secret Adventures of Luke’s Hand”).
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars



REBEL FORCE #4:
FIREFIGHT

Junior Novel: Alex Wheeler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends


"RETURN OF THE HUNTER!"

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #27, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: Valance has been on this planet for five weeks. Though it does not specify that it has been five weeks since the events of “The Hunter,” it stands to reason that this is feasible.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JABBA THE HUT?”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #28, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: This comic, which continues the story as originally set forth by the first Marvel Comics film adaptation, features a small, bipedal Jabba—this was before a final design was decided upon by George Lucas, as Jabba did not appear in the first film until the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition was released. The Nimbanel character, now called Mosep Bineed, is now considered to be a stand-in for Jabba (who apparently makes a habit of this—see the note for “Sleight of Hand”). Why Han would call this character by the name of Jabba is something the continuity fix has not, to my knowledge, addressed.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DARK ENCOUNTER”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #29, Dark Horse Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: A Rebel deserter named Tyler Lucian knows the identity of the rebel who destroyed the Death Star. Vader hunts for him, but Lucian kills himself before he can give up the name.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“TATOOINE SOJOURN”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: One can assume multiple returns to Tatooine, but that is unnecessary. Luke seems quite put out at being asked to return, and contracts (the rather silly) “Bledsoe’s Disease” while there. While he clearly intends to return to Yavin at the end of this story, he is not shown leaving the planet. The Marvel tale that features his return and the beginning of the Omega Frost storyline starts with him on Tatooine. He also communicates with “Massassi One,” a clear indicator that the Rebel Base is still on Yavin 4.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DROIDS”

Comic Strip: Ryder Windham
Publication:
·         Apple Jacks Special, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 2
Ruminations: Why does Luke keep coming back to Tatooine? Why does every tale of his return to Tatooine appear to be his first? Why was this page-long Droids tale not included in the Droids Omnibus? These are the questions to which there will never be an answer.
Canon Level: Legends

 “SPARE PARTS”

Writer: Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones
Art: Sergio Aragones
Publication:
·         Tales #4
·         Tales vol. 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


“JUNKHEAP HERO”

Graphic Short Story: Mark Evanier
Publication:
·         Tales #6
·         Tales vol. 2
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: I stuck these here to coincide with Luke’s presence on Tatooine. Need I say these are not to be taken seriously when it comes to canon?
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


“FRED JAWA”

Writer: Bob Fingerman
Publication:
·         Tales #20, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“A PRINCESS ALONE!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #30, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“RETURN TO TATOOINE!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #31, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: It seemed convenient to pair this return to Tatooine with the first (see note for “Tatooine Sojourn.”) Though the reason given for this mission is different, it seems logical enough that it could have been a simple last minute “while you’re there” addition. This resolves the discrepancy in Luke’s attitude rather neatly, and reduces the necessity for multiple returns. (Unfortunately, I can see no legitimate way to merge this with the alternate first return to Tatooine in the Rebel Force novels, or the one detailed in Star Wars 3D.)
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE JAWA EXPRESS!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #32, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“SABER CLASH!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #33, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THUNDER IN THE STARS!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #34, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE BOUNTY HUNTER OF ORD MANTELL”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 1—In Deadly Pursuit, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity:
This is one of many pastiche tales about the “bounty hunter we ran into on Ord Mantell.” Another, by Brian Daley, occurs just prior to The Empire Strikes Back.
Regarding the newspaper strips: They form a single continuous storyline that covers months. Though there are very few natural breaks in which to insert other stories, Archie Goodwin does make references to the other comic series that he wrote for Marvel, most notably in the fact that the Yavin system has been blockaded, and the Rebels are getting adept at slipping through the blockade. However, unlike the comic series, the newspaper strips were written after the release of The Empire Strikes Back (and even got to introduce a character, Admiral Ackbar, from the upcoming Return of the Jedi), so Goodwin was able to set up the events of the next film more easily.
When other authors started writing, they borrowed elements from these newspaper strips and comics, but were not strictly faithful to the events as they were told in that medium, so there are some irreconcilable differences in the manner in which the events play out. The comics show Darth Vader discovering who blew up the Death Star, but then that event was overwritten/rewritten in Vader’s Quest. The newspaper strips showed Vader’s acquisition of the Executor, but the game books by Ryder Windham, in an effort to tie the events into the larger continuity, managed to tell the story of Vader’s return and the overseeing of the construction of the Super Star Destroyer in a manner inconsistent with the strips. Then, to make matters more complex, Alex Wheeler’s novels are virtually contiguous, but also take feature stories that take place before and after the discovery of Luke Skywalker’s identity.
The bottom line is that while these Classic Star Wars tales still form a vital part of Star Wars lore, they are no longer considered the authoritative word on what happened between the films, and there is no perfect order in which to read all of these stories and still have them make sense.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


VADER’S QUEST

Graphic Novel: Darko Macan
Publication:
·         #1-4, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Early Victories, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity:
At the beginning of the month, Darth Vader finally learns the name of the Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. Though only the name “Skywalker” is known at this time (see note on “Dark Lord’s Gambit”) and returns to Coruscant for the first time (again—see notes on “Darth Vader’s Return” and “The Savage Heart”) after the destruction of the Death Star. This story was clearly written when the Marvel comics were not considered part of the continuity. This is evident for a number of reasons:
1.    The opening shot pays homage to “Dark Lord’s Gambit,” in which Vader also finds out Luke’s identity.
2.    Luke says that he’s seen more hologram princesses in the “last month,” seeming to indicate that this story is intended to take place, or at least begins, only a few weeks after the Battle of Yavin.
Since several months pass in the Marvel run before Vader finds out Luke’s identity, we can assume that either those stories were time-compressed (as were many of the others, including the post-Episode VI Marvel run, and the altered timeline for the Clone Wars), or they were not taken into account at all during the writing of these stories.
The events of Vader’s Quest will have to be stretched somewhat to cover all of the following stories, as most of the novels (junior and adult) make reference to the fact that Vader has been searching for Luke, but none to indicate that they have yet had any of the close encounters such as the one depicted in this story or the “Dark Lord’s Gambit” arc.
Canon Level: Legends


DARTH VADER’S RETURN
MISSIONS #17

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends

ROGUE SQUADRON TO THE RESCUE
MISSIONS #18

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends

BOUNTY ON BONADAN
MISSIONS #19

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends

TOTAL DESTRUCTION
MISSIONS #20

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Continuity: There seems to be some discrepancy regarding when, exactly, Vader returned to Coruscant after the destruction of the Death Star. The interior text says that the characters have been in an escape pod for “weeks,” thus indicating that this Missions story arc likely takes place not only after Windham’s first one, but after the second, as well. The Executor is still under construction at this point, as is the Death Star II. No mention is made of knowledge of Skywalker, but it seems more consistent to place the return here given what Vader’s Quest has implied, that Vader gave a report to the Emperor, but did not show up in person until after he had already spent some time searching for Skywalker.
Canon Level: Legends

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         The Mandalorian Armor, THEN…

Frame story concurrent with Return of the Jedi


“DARTH VADER STRIKES”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 1—In Deadly Pursuit, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: This would appear to be in the early days after the Battle of Yavin, because Vader reacts with surprise when he encounters Luke’s presence, and the Marvel series has Luke touching Vader’s mind a couple of times, once violently. But due to other internal clues, this must be placed after those encounters. Vader’s reference to “incidents to make [him] suspect” seems like an understatement here (particularly in light of later stories that more than imply that he has learned the identity of the Rebel who destroyed the Death Star by now). The Executor is implied to have been an idea recently implemented, but it is shown well under construction, so the appearances in stories like The Force Unleashed and Allegiance are not a problem (particularly since it is shown under construction in the former story). One can assume that it is merely the next phase in the Dark Lord’s plans, rather than a new project recently begun.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE SERPENT MASTERS”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 1—In Deadly Pursuit, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: This newspaper story arc takes place after the blockade of the Yavin system has been put into place, and prior to Vader’s learning of Luke’s identity.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DEADLY REUNION”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 1—In Deadly Pursuit, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Weeks have passed since Luke left on his “spy mission” to sabotage the Executor. The Empire has ceased to merely blockade the Yavin base and has begun an assault.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“TRAITOR’S GAMBIT”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 2—The Rebel Storm, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: The Rebels are still attempting to return to Yavin with Luke’s intelligence about the Executor.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE NIGHT BEAST”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 2—The Rebel Storm, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE SECOND KESSEL RUN”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Solo is once again working for Jabba, presumably because the bounty on his head has been lifted (see Marvel #28). Preceded by the events of The Crimson Forever chapter II: “Chewbacca’s Story.”
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


HEIR TO THE JEDI

Novel: Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Rey Books, February 17, 2015
Placement/Continuity: As of the brief preview released online, Luke has not heard from Ben Kenobi since the Battle of Yavin. Han Solo has lost the money the Alliance gave him, and is out trying to earn money to pay off Jabba the Hutt.
Trivia: Among the first of the new fully-canonical novels put out since the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. Originally part of the Empire and Rebellion series.
Canon Level: Lucasfilm Story Group


REBEL ASSAULT

Video Game: Vincent Lee
Continuity: Rebel Assault does not fit very well into the overall continuity unless viewed as a simulated training mission based off of prior battles (and there is some precedence for this; Michael Stackpole used at least one of the X-Wing game scenarios as his simulator mission for Corran Horn). Even if “Rookie One” is supposed to be Luke, there are too many discrepancies in the order of events for this game to count as an official entry into the canon. However, The Hidden Empire fits quite well, and in fact features new cinematic footage shot just for the game. One is tempted to ask why even consider this a sequel, rather than an all-new tale, but the workings of the minds of the Powers That Be are sometimes inscrutable. Apparently the main character of Rebel Assault has now been retconned into being the one tortured into giving up Luke Skywalker’s name on Centares.
Canon Level: Legends


PERFECT EVIL

Graphic Short Story: Shin-Ichi Hiromoto
Publication:
·         Manga: Black (Part 1), Tokyopop
·         Manga: Silver (Part 2), Tokyopop
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“SMALL FAVORS”

Short Story: Paul Danner
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #12, West End Games
Continuity: Darth Vader is still commanding the Devastator, though he has also just taken command of the Executor.
Canon Level: Legends

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source::
·         Slave Ship, THEN…
·         Hard Merchandise, THEN…

Frame story concurrent with Return of the Jedi


REBEL FORCE #5:
TRAPPED

Junior Novel: Alex Wheeler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Continuity: Vader has learned of Luke’s identity, but not yet confronted him. This must (somehow) take place within the pages of Vader’s Quest.
Canon Level: Legends


IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN

Graphic Novel: Brian Wood
Publication: Star Wars #1-6, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: It is still unclear whether this was supposed to be a classic-era reboot or simply a series not burdened with excessive continuity references. In the official releases, it was advertised as the former before quickly being amended to the latter. Either way, it does not fit cleanly into the old continuity. One of the major arcs has to do with establishing a new base, which would place it after the evacuation from Yavin, but interior text places this at two months after the Battle of Yavin. Moreover, there appear to be some allusions to earlier events such as Darth Vader losing command of the Devastator and being granted command of the Executor. It is possible that these stories might be better served by being placed after the evacuation of Yavin.
Canon Level: Legends


FROM THE RUINS OF ALDERAAN

Graphic Novel: Brian Wood
Publication: Star Wars #7-12, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


FIVE DAYS OF SITH

Graphic Novel: Brian Wood
Publication: Star Wars #13, 14, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


REBEL GIRL

Graphic Novel: Brian Wood
Publication: Star Wars #15-18, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


A SHATTERED HOPE

Graphic Novel: Brian Wood
Publication: Star Wars #19, 20, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends



ALLEGIANCE

Novel: Timothy Zahn
Continuity: This book was slid back from Zahn’s intended position immediately after the Battle of Yavin to accommodate the fact that the Executor appears, and the name of Skywalker is known to Darth Vader. Since the events of this discovery were already covered in both the Marvel and Dark Horse comics, Allegiance must of necessity come after those stories. However, it must also take place prior to the evacuation from Yavin (if for no other reason than the fact that Ozzel is Captain in this story, not Admiral). The flashback sections of the second book of The Bounty Hunter Wars mention that Vader has just taken command of the Executor, which means that this story probably takes place immediately thereafter. Though the official chronology puts this at 5 months after the Battle of Yavin (and the sequel, Choices of One, at 8 months after the Battle of Yavin), the Yavin base has not been evacuated yet as of the second book, which means that these must come earlier. This actually works better with the established EU anyway.
Canon Level: Legends


REBEL FORCE #6:
UPRISING

Junior Novel: Alex Wheeler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Placement: Shortly before the evacuation of Yavin.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE PANDORA EFFECT”

Comic: Alan Moore
Artist: John Stokes
Publication:
·         The Empire Strikes Back Monthly #151, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Devilworlds #2, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

“TILOTNY THROWS A SHAPE”

Comic: Alan Moore
Artist: John Stokes
Publication:
·         Star Wars Weekly #154, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Devilworlds #2, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Included at this juncture because it tells the story of how Leia’s leg was injured (Marvel #35 “Dark Lord’s Gambit”).
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DARK LORD’S GAMBIT!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #35, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: Darth Vader finally learns the (first) name of Luke Skywalker, the Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. Though this was supposed to be the first time the information was discovered, it did allow some other tales to be told after Vader’s Quest, in which he (presumably) knew only the last name. The manner in which Vader discovers this information varies greatly; it is heavily implied in Alex Wheeler’s take on the situation in Rebel Force that X-7 is the one responsible for the revelation.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“RED QUEEN RISING!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #36, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“IN MORTAL COMBAT!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #37, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: A duel with Vader that never really happens.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“A SOLDIER’S STORY: HOW I WON THE BATTLE OF TAANAB”

Short Story: Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry
Publication: The Essential Guide to Warfare, Del Rey Books
Placement: “Not long after Yavin”
Canon Level: Legends


“DARK KNIGHT’S DEVILRY”

Comic: Steve Moore
Art: Alan Davis
Publication:
·         The Empire Strikes Back Monthly #153, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Devilworlds #1, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity:  Though released after “Death-Masque,” which clearly takes place after The Empire Strikes Back, “Dark Knight’s Devilry” has an attempt to kill Leia, and Darth Vader thinks at one point that he has scored both her and Luke Skywalker in an explosion—with no appearance of regret.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


EMERGENCY IN ESCAPE POD 4
SCIENCE ADVENTURES #1

Junior Novel: Judy Blundell (as Jude Watson)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends


JOURNEY ACROSS PLANET X
SCIENCE ADVENTURES #2

Junior Novel: Judy Blundell (as Jude Watson)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Continuity: This series apparently got cancelled before it really got running, since the story arc is incomplete, with no explanation for how the Droids return to the Alliance heroes.
Canon Level: Legends


“A BITTER WINTER”

Short Story: Patricia A. Jackson
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #5, West End Games
Continuity: Two years after “When the Domino Falls” (Drake Paulsen is 17). His narrative continues in “Idol Intentions,” another two years later.
Canon Level: Legends


CHOICES OF ONE

Novel: Timothy Zahn
Publication: Del Rey Books
Continuity: Three standard months after Allegiance. The second Death Star is a “half-finished sphere” at the beginning of this story, allowing for a more specific placement of those tales that pertain to its construction. The working title for this novel was Choices, which was then changed to The Hand of Judgment, and then to the current title. Though the official timeline puts this at eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebels have not yet fully evacuated their base, and appear to be getting ready for a move to Hoth (Zahn heavily implies that Thrawn will ultimately be responsible for limiting the Rebels’ choice of bases to cold worlds. He must not have been as successful at this as he had hoped, though, since the Rebels seem to have put up a number of other temporary bases in the meantime), and are still only considering Hoth as an option in Honor Among Thieves.
Canon Level: Legends


“BRING ME THE CHILDREN”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Vader, still apparently on the Devastator, says that it is time he gave his personal attention to Luke Skywalker. This leads nicely into the Dark Lord’s first attempt at capturing Luke in “The Return of Ben Kenobi.”
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

“THE LONG HUNT”

 “A DUEL OF EAGLES”

Comic: Chris Claremont
Art: Mike Vosburg
Publication:
·         Star Wars Annual #1, Marvel Comics 1979
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics
Continuity: “A Duel of Eagles” makes a glancing reference towards the end of the story to Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker as separate persons, having appeared together at the same time with Obi-Wan Kenobi. A retroactive continuity fix (retcon) has been suggested to and accepted by the author, wherein Vader returned pretending to be the other apprentice who had previously visited Skye with Obi-Wan. This issue must take place after Marvel #35, as Luke Skywalker is by now well-known to the Empire as the pilot who destroyed the Death Star.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“WORLD OF FIRE”

 “STAR TERROR”

“MOLTEN DOOM”

“THE WORD FOR WORLD IS DEATH!”

“UNHOLY ALLIANCE”

“A CREATURE IN THE STARS”

“THE GUARDIAN OF FOREVER”

“BETRAYAL”

“THE MONSTER’S SECRET”

Comic: Chris Claremont
Art: Carmine Infantino and Gene Day
Publication:
·         Star Wars Weekly #107-115, Marvel Comics
·         The Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Star Wars 2: World of Fire, Marvel Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Rebel headquarters is now on the “third” moon of Yavin (“Star Terror”). Perhaps Yavin 4 is the third habitable moon?
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE RETURN OF BEN KENOBI”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 2—The Rebel Storm, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: In order to make this work with Goodwin’s Marvel series, we must split the action directly after the communication between Admiral Griff and Vader. Vader has learned of Luke’s identity by now, and is setting a trap for him with an actor surgically altered to look like Ben Kenobi, so it must take place after Marvel #35. The fact that Luke is dressed in the exact same clothes as he wore in the last story arc must simply be a coincidence. Not too much of a stretch, since Luke’s wardrobe in the comics was pretty limited to begin with.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE POWER GEM”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 2—The Rebel Storm, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Han Solo goes after the power gem, and is reminded of the bounty on his head. Whether this is meant to be the original bounty or the re-established bounty is unknown, but due to the placement of this story, it works well to have it be the second one.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SHADOW STALKER”

Comic: Ryder Windham
Publication:
·         The Star Wars Galaxy #9-12, Topps
·         Omnibus: Early Victories, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: “Shadow Stalker” serves as a short prequel to Shadows of the Empire, as well as a tie-in with the Goodwin/Williamson newspaper strips. It introduces the character of Jix, and features the Human Replica Droids Luke encounters on Hoth.
Errata: Darth Vader makes a reference to Jix having rescued him “months ago” on Aridus. This is an error, as only a few days or weeks at most pass between these stories.
Ruminations: Oddly, this was not included in the Shadows of the Empire Omnibus, where it more properly belonged.
Canon Level: Legends


“ICE WORLD”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 2—The Rebel Storm, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, chapter 8


“LOOSE ENDS”

Comic: Len Wein
Art: Glen Johnson and Jim Nelson
3D Process: The Fortified Fritsches
Publication:
·         Star Wars 3D #1, Blackthorn Comics, 1987
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“HAVOC ON HOTH”

Comic: Len Wein
Art: Patrick Zircher
3D Effects: Paul Tallerday
Publication:
Star Wars 3D #2, Blackthorn Comics
Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: This 3-D comic series can be considered completely apocryphal, though elements of it have been referenced in other more recent tales. I am placing it here at the focal point of the evacuation of Yavin. Had this been published by Dark Horse, it doubtlessly would have been considered Legends—Infinities.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“REVENGE OF THE JEDI”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DOOM MISSION”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Luke Skywalker is given a battlefield promotion to Commander upon the death of Vrad Dodonna. It is apparently not made official until the Battle of Derra IV, just prior to the Battle of Hoth.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“RACE FOR SURVIVAL”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth
Continuity: General Dodonna appears to commit suicide in this final Yavin 4 story, but we find out later that he survived, and was captured by the Empire and imprisoned on the Lusankya, the Executor’s sister ship. This was a retcon from X-Wing: Isard’s Revenge necessitated by the appearance of Dodonna in Dark Empire.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“X-WING MARKS THE SPOT”

 “THE PHANTOM FLEET”

 “REVENGE OF THE EMPIRE”

 “DEADLY DERELICT”

 “TRUST THE FORCE”

Comic: Mike W. Barr
Art: Ken Steacy and Glen Mullaly
Publication:
·         Star Wars Kids #6-10, Scholastic, Inc.
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“IMPERIAL SPY”

 “THE HIDDEN TRAITOR”

 “SOLO HUNT!”

 “THE RETURN OF DARTH VADER!”

 “THE TRAITOR REVEALED!”

Comic: Mike W. Barr
Art: Ken Steacy and Glen Mullaly
Publication:
·         Star Wars Kids #11-15, Scholastic, Inc.
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: This series is rife with continuity problems. Though the first story was written by Ryder Windham (who created the droid character Q-7N), and was obviously intended to be a direct tie-in with his Missions books, the comic arc took an alternate look at the evacuation from Yavin 4. This also featured the character Q-7N, who was destroyed in one of the later Missions books (Total Destruction). Unfortunately, the “death” of the droid occurred while the Rebels were still on Yavin, so either there were two evacuations of Yavin, or, more likely, there are several apocryphal tales regarding the event, and this is one of them. Since the character is absent from the final chapters of this story, it could be assumed that there is some time telescoping involved, and that the evacuation of Yavin simply happens some time after the events of Total Destruction. To that end, in an attempt to harmonize the various accounts of the evacuation, I have decided to split the story arc to fit the more commonly accepted version of those events, grouping the stories that feature the evacuation of Yavin 4. I am assuming that they were intended to be read in sequence (by authors who had either not done their homework, or, perhaps more likely, assumed that some of the older material was considered out of date and apocryphal itself) starting directly after the first Missions cycle. One can look at this sequence of events as wholly apocryphal, or assume that there were two evacuations of Yavin. Overall, I prefer the notion that there are multiple stories about the same events, rather than multiple events of near-identical status. The likelihood is that only the first story arc is considered canonical, as events from it are referred to in the later Missions books. Therefore, I have placed them here on the timeline.
Canon Level: Legends

 

“THE MOST DANGEROUS FOE”

Short Story: Angela Phillips
Art: Mike Villardi
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #11, West End Games 1996
Canon Level: Legends


“DEATH STAR PIRATES”

Comic: Henry Gilroy
Publication:
·         Star Wars Kids #16-20, Scholastic, Inc.
·         Tales #8, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: If these tales happened at all, they would have to be concurrent to the “Race for Survival” arc prior to the fleet’s jump to hyperspace. The events here are substantially different than the ones depicted in the Goodwin/Williamson newspaper strips, but with significant tweaking, can—barely—be made to fit.
Canon Level: Legends


 “THE PARADISE DETOUR”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: A straightforward reading of these tales shows that they were not meant to be split. While some have suggested these take place just prior to Episode V (and internal evidence would seem to agree), the narrative makes no sense if it is broken. Since the official word is that it took about twenty months (two Star Wars in-universe years) to fully set up the base on Hoth, the stories following the evacuation from Yavin featuring the search for other bases must take place while the Hoth base is being constructed. Since it is not often mentioned how long the Alliance had been on Hoth, it is apparent that operations were going on from there for some time longer than is generally assumed, and that Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and similar tales would naturally take place after the Classic Star Wars series. Recent novels and comics picked up on this notion of a split (based in part on a Lucasfilm decree that the Rebels had not been on Hoth that long prior to the Imperial invasion), so it is, for better or worse, official. However, Ryder Windham’s novel biography of Luke Skywalker seems to generally follow the Goodwin chronology for these stories, so I am returning them to their proper position.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, chapter 9


“YAVIN 4”

Article: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88, Parts VI, VII


“REQUIEM FOR ALDERAAN”

Article: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: The entry on Alderaan is not specifically dated, though it is clear from the text that it was supposed to be written in the period between Episodes IV and V.
Canon Level: Legends


A LITTLE PIECE OF HOME

Comic: Ron Marz
Publication:
·         Empire #20, 21, Dark Horse Comics
·         Empire vol. 4: The Heart of the Rebellion, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“TARGET: VADER”

Comic: Ron Marz
Publication:
·         Empire #19, Dark Horse Comics
·         Empire vol. 3: The Imperial Perspective, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Dated 5 months after the Battle of Yavin in the original release, this was re-dated at 6 months after the Battle of Yavin in the Omnibus, and placed after “A Little Piece of Home,” presumably to be consistent with the evacuation of Yavin 4.
Canon Level: Legends


“ALONE TOGETHER”

Comic: Randy Stradley (as Welles Hartley)
Publication:
·         Empire #22, Dark Horse Comics
·         Empire vol. 4: The Heart of the Rebellion, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: This tale refers to the forthcoming mission Leia will take in River of Chaos.
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


RIVER OF CHAOS

Graphic Novel: Louise Simonson
Publication:
·         #1-4
·         Omnibus: Early Victories
·         Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“THE BRAVERY OF BEING OUT OF RANGE”

Comic: Jeremy Barlow
Publication:
·         Empire #23, Dark Horse Comics
·         Empire vol. 5: Allies and Adversaries, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“IDIOT’S ARRAY”

Comic: Ron Marz
Publication:
·         Empire #24, 25, Dark Horse Comics
·         Empire vol. 5: Allies and Adversaries, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


ROGUE SQUADRON

Video Game: LucasArts
Canon Level: Legends


STAR WARS ADVENTURES
CHEWBACCA 
AND THE SLAVERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS

Graphic Novel Digest: Chris Cerasi
Publication: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin (frame story)
Canon Level: Legends


“DR. DEATH”
THE TALE OF DR. EVAZAN AND PONDA BABA

Short Story: Kenneth C. Flint
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Bantam Spectra Books
Placement: Months after the Battle of Yavin, and prior to Eaten Alive.
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #1
EATEN ALIVE

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #2
CITY OF THE DEAD

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends
 

GALAXY OF FEAR #3
PLANET PLAGUE

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 6 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends



GALAXY OF FEAR #4
THE NIGHTMARE MACHINE

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 7 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends



“ONLY DROIDS SERVE THE MAKER”

Short Story: Kathy Tyers
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #10, West End Games
Placement: 7 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXIES
“PEARLS IN THE SAND”

Short Story: Voronica Whitney-Robinson
Publication: Star Wars Insider#74, Paizo Publishing
Canon Level: Legends


“GENERAL” SKYWALKER

Comic: Ron Marz
Publication:
·         Empire #26, 27, Dark Horse Comics
·         Empire vol. 5: Allies and Adversaries, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 7 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“WRECKAGE”

Comic: John Wagner
Publication:
·         Empire #28, Dark Horse Comics
·         Boba Fett: Man with a Mission, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Boba Fett, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 7 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


IN THE SHADOWS OF THEIR FATHERS

Comic: Jeremy Barlow (as Thomas Andrews)
Publication:
·         Empire #29, 30, 32-34, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 7 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“THE PRICE OF POWER”

Comic: Scott Allie
Publication:
·         Empire #31, Dark Horse Comics
·         In the Shadows of Their Fathers, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 8 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #5
GHOST OF THE JEDI

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 8 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #6
ARMY OF TERROR

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 8 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends

“DEATH IN THE SLAVE PITS OF LORRD”


Article: Adrick Tolliver
Publication: Hyperspace
Ruminations: This story necessitated the restructuring of the entire Ewoks series, as it features a reference to a pre-“Battle for the Sunstar” Dr. Raygar.
Canon Level: Legends


“A MODEL OFFICER”

Comic: John Jackson Miller
Publication:
·         Empire #35, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Wrong Side of the War, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 8 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


THE WRONG SIDE OF THE WAR

Graphic Novel: Randy Stradley (as Welles Hartley)
Publication:
·         Empire #36-40, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Wrong Side of the War, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 8 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         Chewbacca, chapter 6: Wedge, or a Pilot’s Anecdote


“CROSSROADS”

Comic: John Jackson Miller
Publication:
·         Rebellion #0, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


MY BROTHER, MY ENEMY

Graphic Novel: Rob Williams
Publication:
·         Rebellion #1-5, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


THE AHAKISTA GAMBIT

Graphic Novel: Rob Williams
Publication:
·         Rebellion #6-10, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


SMALL VICTORIES

Graphic Novel: Rob Williams
Publication:
·         Rebellion #10-14, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 9 months, Dark Horse Comics after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


VECTOR

Graphic Novel: Rob Williams
Publication:
·         Rebellion #15, 16, Dark Horse Comics
·         Vector vol. 2, chapter 3, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends



BOBA FETT
“OVERKILL”

Comic: Jeremy Barlow (as Thomas Andrews)
Publication:
·         Boba Fett: Man with a Mission, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Boba Fett, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #7
THE BRAIN SPIDERS

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #8
THE SWARM

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 9 months after the Battle of Yavin
Continuity: Thrawn is still a Captain as of this story.
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #9
SPORE

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 10 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #10
THE DOOMSDAY SHIP

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 10 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


THE HUNT FOR HAN SOLO
MISSIONS #5

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Novel: Legends
Canon Level: Legends

THE SEARCH FOR GRUBBA THE HUTT
MISSIONS #6

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

ITHORIAN INVASION
MISSIONS #7

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Continuity: Despite the intended placement of these stories very shortly (“only weeks”) after the destruction of the Death Star, the rebels are known as the perpetrators, so it must come after the discovery of Luke’s identity. Also, with the revelations of Ithorian Invasion, it must take place after Galaxy of Fear: Spore, as it features the reunion of Momaw Nadon and Fandomar (his wife). This seems contradictory to the notion that Dave Wolverton set up in his “Sand Tender” short story (which this is a sort of sequel to), wherein Momaw Nadon was preparing to leave Tatooine directly after the death of Alima. He must have gotten delayed along the way.
Canon Level: Legends

TOGORIAN TRAP
MISSIONS #9

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends


HAN SOLO’S RESCUE MISSION

Children’s Book: John Whitman
Publication: Mouse Works
Continuity: The date for these is unknown, but since Whitman’s initial assumption was that the gap between Episodes IV and V was only a year long, and the Galaxy of Fear books span that gap starting at six months after the Battle of Yavin, it follows that they must be interspersed somewhere between (or before) the books in that series. I have placed them here due to Solo’s recent presence on Ithor.
Canon Level: Legends


LUKE SKYWALKER’S RACE AGAINST TIME

Children’s Book: John Whitman
Publication: Mouse Works
Canon Level: Legends


LEGO STAR WARS
"THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT"

Cartoon:  Michael Price
Canon Level: Legends (parody)





LEGO STAR WARS
THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES
“ESCAPE FROM THE JEDI TEMPLE”

Cartoon:  Episode #4
Script: Michael Price
Canon Level: Legends (parody)






LEGO STAR WARS
THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES
“RACE FOR THE HOLOCRONS”

Cartoon:  Episode #5
Script: Michael Price
Canon Level: Legends (parody)






LEGO STAR WARS
THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES
“RAID ON CORUSCANT”

Cartoon:  Episode #6
Script: Michael Price
Canon Level: Legends (parody)






LEGO STAR WARS
THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES
“CLASH OF THE SKYWALKERS”

Cartoon:  Episode #7
Script: Michael Price
Canon Level: Legends (parody)

 “THE FROZEN WORLD OF OTA”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity:
Boba Fett shows up in this story, and Luke does not recognize him. It is possible that this is due to the effects of the sleeping sickness he contracted during their first encounter. Another possibility, and perhaps more likely, is that this is the actual first meeting of Luke and Boba Fett, and that the “Faithful Wookiee” Cartoon: was a Rebel propaganda film depicting a fictionalized version of the real events. Since it would have to be made after the characters were aware of each other, it would make sense that the Holiday Special would follow this story by some time.
Fett, upon encountering Han, confirms that Jabba still has a price on his head. Since Han worked for Jabba again for a short time while the bounty on his head was rescinded (see notes for “The Second Kessel Run”), this has to be after the bounty has been re-established.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE STORY OF THE FAITHFUL WOOKIEE”

Cartoon: George Lucas and Pat Proft
Aired: The Star Wars Holiday Special, CBS TV
Continuity: Vader talks about the Rebels’ new base in a communication with Boba Fett; therefore “The Faithful Wookiee” must take place after the evacuation of Yavin. This cartoon, done by Nelvana, who would later do the Droids and Ewoks series, was the first appearance of Boba Fett. It is interesting to note that this is actually a show being viewed by Lumpy, Chewbacca’s son, during the Imperial blockade of Kashyyyk during The Star Wars Holiday Special. It features the actual voices of the film stars, but it is unclear whether this is meant to be a Rebel propaganda film. This was actually a suggestion made by a fan to Matt Stover regarding the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoons—that they were possibly Republic propaganda films made about the Clone Wars, rather than the actual events themselves. He liked the idea enough that he used that as the germinating seed of the story, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, in which it is strongly implied that the heroes of the Alliance are already heroes of holodramas across the galaxy, a la Audie Murphy. Though this is probably meant to be fictitious even within the context of Star Wars, as it is shown in-universe, the events depicted would have gone approximately here.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

DARKSTRYDER
“FINDER’S FEE”

Short Story: Peter Schweighofer
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #6, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXY OF FEAR #11
CLONES

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Placement: 11 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“LADY LUCK”

Writer: Rich Handley and Darko Macon
Publication:
·         Tales #6, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Timeline: 1 A.B.Y. (3654 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities

LANDO CALRISSIAN
“IDIOT’S ARRAY”

Short Story: Rich Handley
Publication: Hyperspace
Timeline: 1 A.B.Y. (3654 A.T.C.)
Placement: One month after “Lady Luck”
Canon Level: Legends


“BESPIN”

Article: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity:  Within a few months of “Lady Luck,” followed shortly thereafter by the prologue events of “A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9.”
Canon Level: Legends


“SILVER AND SCARLET”

Short Story: Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S.A. Corey)
Art: Joe Corroney and Brian Miller
Publication:
·         Star Wars Insider #48, Titan Magazines
·         Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves, Del Rey Books 2014
Timeline: 1 A.B.Y. (3654 A.T.C.)
Junior Novel: Legends
Children’s Book: Legends
Graphic Novel: Legends
Graphic Short Story: Legends
Canon Level: Legends


EMPIRE AND REBELLION
HONOR AMONG THIEVES

Novel: Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S.A. Corey)
Publication: Del Rey Books 2014
Timeline: 1 A.B.Y. (3654 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Legends


“PRIORITY: X”

Short Story: George R. Strayton
Publication: Star Wars Galaxy #12
Canon Level: Legends


“CREDIT DENIED”

Short Story: George R. Strayton
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #17, West End Games
Status: Unpublished. West End Games went out of business before this issue went to press.


“THE BREATH OF GELGELAR”

Short Story: Jean Rabe
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #14, West End Games
 Canon Level: Legends


“SHIFTING GEARS”

Short Story: Jean Rabe
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #17, West End Games
Status: Unpublished. West End Games went out of business before this issue went to press.


THE ADVENTURES OF BUNGO & RUSTI

Comic: Jim Anderson
Canon Level: Non-canon


THE ADVENTURES OF BUNGO & RUSTI

Comic: Jim Anderson
Canon Level: Non-canon


THE ADVENTURES OF BUNGO & RUSTI

Comic: Jim Anderson
Canon Level: Non-canon

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         “No Disintegrations, Please”


Game: W. Haden Blackman
Canon Level: Legends


GALAXIES
THE RUINS OF DANTOOINE

Novel: Voronica Whitney-Robinson (with W. Haden Blackman)
Publication: Del Rey Books
Timeline: 1 A.B.Y. (3654 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Legends


REBEL ASSAULT II: THE HIDDEN EMPIRE

Video Game: Vincent Lee
Placement: Rebel Assault II has been re-dated on the official timelines, ostensibly to make room for the first one in a more canonical sense. However, since the opening crawl makes it clear that this more or less standalone story is actually shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star, I am leaving it where it was originally placed. There is no need to alter the placement of a story that does fit in order to accommodate one that does not.
Canon Level: Legends


DARK FORCES

Video Game: Justin Chin
Placement: 1 Year after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


BOBA FETT
“SALVAGE”

Comic: John Wagner
Publication: Legends
·         Wizard
·         Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire
·         Omnibus: Boba Fett
Timeline: 1 A.B.Y. (3654 A.T.C.) The date for this story comes from the Boba Fett Omnibus.
Canon Level: Legends


“GAMBLERS’ WORLD”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“OUTBID BUT NEVER OUTGUNNED”

Graphic Short Story: Beau Smith
Publication:
·         Tales #7
·         Tales vol. 2
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“PRINCESS LEIA, IMPERIAL SERVANT”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“NUMBER TWO IN THE GALAXY”

Graphic Short Story: Henry Gilroy
Publication:
·         Tales #18
·         Tales vol. 5
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities



Children’s Book: Eleanor Ehrhardt
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“AS LONG AS WE LIVE”
FROM THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 4—The Early Adventures, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“PAYBACK”

Graphic Short Story: Andy Diggle
Publication:
·         Tales #18, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“THE BATTLE OF TURAK IV”

Short Story: Enrique Guerrero
Publication: Hyperspace
Placement: 18 months after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


“BEING BOBA FETT”

Graphic Short Story: Jason Hall
Publication:
·         Tales #18, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities



“LUNCH BREAK”

Graphic Short Story: Jonathan Adams
Publication:
·         Tales #16, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


 “WALKING THE PATH THAT’S GIVEN”

Graphic Short Story: Shane McCarthy
Publication:
·         Tales #21, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 6, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities



THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Film: George Lucas, Rod Warren, and Pat Proft
Aired: CBS TV
Placement: This has frequently and erroneously been called the Star Wars Christmas Special, when it actually aired around Thanksgiving, and Life Day was presumably meant to be the parallel of that holiday in the Galaxy Far, Far, Away. While putting it at 1 year, 10 months (on a 12 month “Earth” calendar) after the Battle of Yavin may be a bit of a stretch, this seems to me the only way to approximate the original intended placement of those stories. Merging this story with the events of “The Kashyyyk Depths” initially seemed inappropriate, as the events of that story do not mesh well with the events of the Holiday Special. However, given Manning’s insistence that Life Day happens only every three years, it necessitates the harmonizing of the two stories (otherwise, we have a problem with the second Life Day visit taking place while Han is still frozen in carbonite or after Episode VI). So there is no time for two occurrences of post-Yavin, pre-Hoth Life Day events.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


 “THE KASHYYYK DEPTHS”

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
Continuity: It is unclear whether the events of this story are meant to be an expanded or overwriting version of the Life Day trip of The Star Wars Holiday Special, but given the fact that Manning says that Life Day is celebrated only once every three years, it means that it cannot be a second Life Day trip (though at first glance, this is what you would expect, given the fact that the Droids are accompanying Han to Kashyyyk in this version, and that was most certainly not the case in The Holiday Special). The framing device of Threepio narrating his adventures to Mistress Mnemos, a supercomputer owned by the Rebel Alliance, puts this story prior to the Constancia Affair, as it includes the first meeting with Gyla (a character suspected of being an Imperial spy, though she was never revisited in the newspaper strips prior to Goodwin/Williamson). However, narratively and sequentially, this antedates that story, and leads into “Tatooine Sojourn.”
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE CONSTANCIA AFFAIR”

Comic Strip: Russ Manning
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars
Continuity: In a conversation between C-3PO and Mistress Mnemos, the latter refers to a technical file in which Luke Skywalker is said to be the son of Master and Mistress “Tan” Skywalker. Though this is clearly an element overwritten by the later revelation of Anakin Skywalker as Luke’s father, it makes a certain amount of sense to suppose that Luke, once having become famous, might have to have an alternate past given in order to throw Vader off the scent (obviously this didn’t work out too well). Threepio has been instructed to relay the exploits of the rebels for posterity. (It may be this Tan Skywalker that Red Leader met in the past. This misunderstanding, glossed over in the moment of battle, proves to work to the Rebels’ advantage, as they are able to use it for Mistress Mnemos’s records.)
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“LUMRUNNERS”

Short Story: John Beyer and Wayne Humfleet
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #9, West End Games
 Canon Level: Legends


“LUCKY STARS”

Writer: Brian Augustyn
Publication:
·         Tales #15, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


PLANET OF KADRIL

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin (as Russ Helm)
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
Placement: Per Ryder Windham’s Rise and Fall of Darth Vader.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“PLANET OF THE DEAD”

Writer: Steve Niles
Publication:
·         Tales #17, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Han makes a reference to Luke in this story, and in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Luke makes an oblique reference to Han. Since they are clearly not together at this point, and this tale is not dated, I thought it logical that it could be placed here (one wonders what sorts of “catching up” sessions these characters have after some of their more bizarre adventures).

Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE
FROM THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Novel: Alan Dean Foster
Publication: Del Rey Books

Graphic Novel: Terry Austin
Publication:
·         #1-4, Dark Horse Comics
·         Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Early Victories, Dark Horse Comics
·         30th Anniversary, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 2 A.B.Y. (3655 A.T.C.)
I like to think that I may have played a part in the official placement of this story, as I was one of the first to suggest bumping it back further from the Battle of Yavin due to the presence of the Executor in the comic adaptation, and due to the fact that Luke had not met Vader face-to-face in any of the prior comics or newspaper strips. I have since regretted this a bit, as I almost feel that two years after Yavin might be stretching the original intent of the novel, but fortunately, details are vague enough that it works virtually anywhere within the period between episodes IV and V. As it was written by Alan Dean Foster at almost the same time as the novelization of the first film (to be filmed at low cost on the off chance Star Wars might be only a moderate success), there are some odd discrepancies with what was later revealed about the universe, such as Luke dueling and defeating Vader in one-on-one combat (attributed to the Kaiburr Crystal, as well as a partial possession by the now-dead Kenobi), and of course Vader sensing no Force in Leia. These are not inconsistencies with the first film, though, as one would have anticipated him sensing something during her interrogation or the destruction of Alderaan, too. Alan Dean Foster has said that Lucas had read his novel (back in the days when he had time to do this, apparently), and not suggested any changes regarding the relationship between Luke and Leia, and thus believes that the claim that Lucas knew all along that they were brother and sister was in fact complete fabrication, and that Lucas was more or less flying by the seat of his pants. At any rate, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye is a perfect sequel to the novelization of Star Wars, as it references Tarkin being present in the interrogation (a detail only in that novel—perhaps one of the first clues to the fans who suspected all along that Alan Dean Foster had ghostwritten the first story), and manages to stay true to both the serial nature of the initial Star Wars tales, and to the Hero’s Journey off of which the epic is closely based. To be specific, this novel has a strong underworld theme, which features in Joseph Campbell’s mythology studies.
Incidentally, Luke crashes his X-Wing again in this story.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE WEAPONS MASTER!”

 “DAY OF THE ASSASSINS!”

 “MY ENEMIES SURROUND ME!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino and Steve Mitchell
Publication:
·         Star Wars Weekly #104-106, Marvel Comics
·         The Marvel Comics Illustrated Version of Star Wars
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: The comic ends with a tag that indicates that “World of Fire” comes up next. However, there is nothing in “World of Fire” to indicate that it is a follow-up, and the presence of Luke, Leia, and the droids works well as in the context of what is implied to have transpired in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


THE LOST JEDI #2
THE BOUNTY HUNTER

Game Book: Paul Cockburn
Publisher: Boxtree, Ltd., Sept. 30, 1993
Canon Level: non-canon


RIDERS IN THE VOID

Comic: Archie Goodwin and Michael Golden
Art: Michael Golden
Publication:
·         Star Wars #38, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2: Dark Encounters, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“COMBAT MOON”

Short Story: John Whitman
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #9, West End Games
Continuity: A character in this story is working from Circarpous with the Rebel Alliance. This could place this story after the attempts in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye to convince the Circarpousians to join the Alliance. However, Circarpous had already been aiding in small ways, and this story was written prior to Galaxy of Fear: Swarm, in which one of the characters also appears, so it is possible that the story is meant to take place earlier.
Canon Level: Legends


“COMMAND DECISION”

Short Story: Timothy Zahn
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #11, West End Games
Placement: Thrawn is Admiral, but not Grand Admiral. The Essential Reader’s Companion places this story after Side Trip, but since Side Trip leads directly into the Battle of Derra IV, it seems more likely that this is meant to take place some time before.
Canon Level: Legends



“DO NO HARM”

Short Story: Erin Endom
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #10, West End Games
·         Tales from the Empire, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“THE CAPTURE OF IMPERIAL HAZARD”

Short Story: Nora Mayers
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #10, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


“CRIMSON BOUNTY”

Short Story: Charlene Simser (as Charlene Newcomb) and Rich Handley
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #14, West End Games
Placement: At 0 ABY on author’s website, but this is inconsistent with internal text. Follows “Crimson Jailbreak” adventure by Peter Schweighofer (Adventure Journal vol. 1, #5)
Canon Level: Legends

 “THE CONTRACT”

Short Story: Charlene Simser (as Charlene Newcomb) and Rich Handley
Publication: Unpublished.
Canon Level: Legends

“THE DRAW”

Short Story: Angela Phillips
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #1, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


Graphic Novel: Matt Kindt
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends

“CAPTAIN THREEPIO”

Graphic Short Story: Ryan Kinnaird
Publication:
·         Tales #8
·         Tales vol. 2
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


STAR WARS ADVENTURES
PRINCESS LEIA AND THE ROYAL RANSOM

Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Publication:
·         Adventures
·         Adventures Omnibus
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 2 Years after the Battle of Yavin
Canon Level: Legends


STAR WARS ADVENTURES
BOBA FETT AND THE SHIP OF FEAR

Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Publication:
·         Adventures
·         Adventures Omnibus
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 2 A.B.Y. (3655 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Legends

“IDOL INTENTIONS”

Short Story: Patricia A. Jackson
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #12, West End Games
Placement: Two years after “A Bitter Winter.” Drake Paulsen is 19.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE LAST HAND”

Short Story: Paul Danner
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #13, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


“A NEW BEGINNING”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth, Dark Horse Comics
Novel: The split in the series is due to Ryder Windham’s Rise and Fall of Darth Vader. The original Essential Chronology suggested that a split following the evacuation of Yavin was required to fit all of the other stories in. However, the recent output from Scholastic seems to confirm the notion that Hoth was at least the intended base and the first destination after the evacuation from Yavin. The placement of this final arc is somewhat awkward, but necessary if one is to assume that final Ord Mantell scenes do indeed follow the events of Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. One can simply assume that the return to the new base follows another mission, and not (as originally intended) The Paradise Detour.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SHOWDOWN”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars

“THE FINAL TRAP”

Comic Strip: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         L.A. Times Newspaper Strips
·         Classic Star Wars: vol. 3—Escape to Hoth, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“HOTH”

Article: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“THE DARK SIDE OF DANTOOINE”

Comic: John Stephenson
Art: Cesar McSombol and D.B. Studios
3D Effects: Paul Tallerday
Publication:
·         Star Wars 3D #3, Blackthorn Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


PRISONER OF THE NIKTO PIRATES
MISSIONS #13

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Placement: The Rebels are looking for parts for the shield generator for Hoth.
Canon Level: Legends

THE MONSTERS OF DWEEM
MISSIONS #14

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

VOYAGE TO THE UNDERWORLD
MISSIONS #15

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends

IMPERIAL JAILBREAK
MISSIONS #16

Junior Novel: Dave Wolverton
Publisher: Scholastic
Canon Level: Legends


EMPIRE AND REBELLION
RAZOR’S EDGE

Novel: Martha Wells
Publication: Del Rey Books
Placement: 2 A.B.Y. (3655 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Legends


STAR WARS ADVENTURES
THE WILL OF DARTH VADER

Graphic Novel Digest: Tom Taylor
Publication: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: 3 A.B.Y. (3656 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Legends

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, chapters 17, 18


“A VALENTINE STORY”

Comic: Judd Winick
Publication: Legends
·         “A Valentine Story”, Dark Horse Comics
·         “Breaking the Ice” Empire vol. 4: The Heart of the Rebellion, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: At War with the Empire, vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“DOUBLE-CROSS ON ORD MANTELL”

Short Story: Michael Mikaelian
Publication: Legends
·         Star Wars Galaxy #5
·         Hyperspace
 Canon Level: Legends


           
Audio: Brian Daley
Publication: Buena Vista Records
Trivia: The planet Corellia was originally called Corell in “Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell.” Though I find that name preferable, the more recent officially sanctioned material all uses the name Corellia, and should therefore be considered the definitive word on the matter. This is, of course, one of the MANY pastiches about the “bounty hunter we ran into on Ord Mantell.”
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


SIDE TRIP

Short Story: Timothy Zahn (Parts 1 and 4) and Michael A. Stackpole (Parts 2 and 3)
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #12-13, West End Games
·         Tales from the Empire
Publication: This would appear to be Zahn’s lead-in to the Battle of Derra IV, which immediately precedes Episode V.
Canon Level: Legends


“HOTH”

Graphic Short Story: Tony Millionaire
Publication:
·         Tales #5, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“THE HIDDEN”

Graphic Short Story: Sean Konot and Scott Morse
Publication:
·         Tales #6, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


GALAXY OF FEAR #12
THE HUNGER

Junior Novel: John Whitman
Publication: Bantam Skylark Books
Continuity: These youth novels were written under the assumption that only one year passed between Episodes IV and V. This would cause no problems, as the books are mostly self-contained, were it not for the fact that the last novel refers to the events of Episode V (albeit somewhat obliquely).
Canon Level: Legends

EPISODE V
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Film: George Lucas, 20th Century Fox

Score: John Williams, RCA Records
CD1:
2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth
3. The Wampa’s Lair/Vision of Obi Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight
4. The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor
5. The Battle of Hoth (Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the AT-AT/Escape in the Millenium Falcon)
6. The Asteroid Field
7. Arrival on Dagobah
8. Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor
9. Han Solo and the Princess
10. Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave
11. The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

CD2:
2. Yoda’s Theme
1. The Imperial March
3. Attacking a Star Destroyer
4. Yoda and the Force
5. Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City in the Clouds
6. Lando’s Palace
7. Betrayal at Bespin
8. Deal with the Dark Lord
9. Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader’s Trap/Departure of Boba Fett
10. The Clash of Lightsabers
11. Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace
12. The Rebel Fleet/ End Title

Novel: Donald F. Glut
Publication: The Star Wars Trilogy

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon
Publication:
·         Star Wars #39-44, Marvel Comics
o    Chapter One: Beginning!
o    Chapter Two: Battleground Hoth!
o    Chapter Three: Imperial Pusuit
o    Chapter Four: To Be a Jedi!
o    Chapter Five: Betrayal at Bespin
o    Chapter Six: Duel a Dark Lord
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil
·         Omnibus: The Complete S, Dark Horse Comics aga
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         The Original Marvel Years Omnibus vol. 1, Marvel Comics

Graphic Novel: Dave Land
Publication: Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back #1-4

Art: Legends
National Public Radio Dramatization: Brian Daley
Publication: Del Rey Books

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publication: Star Wars Trilogy, Scholastic, Inc.

Children’s Book: John Whitman
Publication: Chronicle Books
Placement: 3 A.B.Y. (3656 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Lucasfilm


“HUNGER PAINS”

Writer: Jim Campbell
Publication:
·         Tales #20, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


MELTDOWN ON HOTH
           
Children’s Book: Jane Mason
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back. The thawing of Princess Leia’s quarters, referred to in the opening scenes of The Empire Strikes Back.
Canon Level: Legends


STAR WARS ADVENTURES
LUKE SKYWALKER 
AND THE TREASURE OF THE DRAGONSNAKES

Graphic Novel Digest: Tom Taylor
Publication:
·         Adventures Digest, Dark Horse Comics
·         Adventures Omnibus, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“SLIPPERY SLOPE”

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Publication:
·         Tales #4, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back. The duration of Luke’s Jedi training is uncertain, but it stands to reason that some significant time passed during which the Millennium Falcon was stuck at sublight (the novella Of Possible Futures seems to indicate a period of a month for the entire duration of Episode V, but this has yet to be confirmed). This story takes place during that period, as does Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes.
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88, Parts VIII-XI

“HUNTING THE HUNTERS”

Short Story: Bill Smith
Publication:
·                     Star Wars Galaxy #6, Topps
·                     Hyperspace
Graphic Short Story: Legends
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends


THE PRIZE PELT
THE TALE OF BOSSK

Novella: Kathy Tyers
Publication: Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: It is a little unclear how Bossk is able to escape his predicament at the end of this story, but he must, as he is alive and well in the comics and in The Bounty Hunter Wars, where a brief mention is made of the trouble he had getting the Hound’s Tooth back from Tinian.
Canon Level: Legends


“MOMENT OF DOUBT”

Writer: Lovern Kindzeirski
Publication:
·         Tales #4, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities




“THANK THE MAKER”

Writer: Ryder Windham
Publication:
·         Tales #6, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back. This tale flashes back and forth in time from 3 A.B.Y., during the events of Episode V, and 33 B.B.Y., the year prior to Episode I. It gives perhaps a more realistic notion of Anakin’s having “created” Threepio.
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities

 “VADER VS. ARTOO AND THREEPIO”

Graphic Short Story: Makomo Nakatsuka
Publication: Manga: Silver, Tokyopop
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities

“WHO’S YOUR DADDY?”

Writer: Jason Hall
Publication:
·         Tales #20, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, chapter 13
·         The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, chapters 19, 20
·         A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, chapter 10





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