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Shadows of the Empire






OF POSSIBLE FUTURES
THE TALE OF ZUCKUSS AND 4-LOM

Novel: M. Shayne Bell
Publication: Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Bantam Spectra Books
Placement: Concurrent to The Empire Strikes Back
Canon Level: Legends


“THE EMPEROR’S TROPHY”

Short Story: Peter Schweighofer
Publication: The Star Wars Galaxy #11, Topps
Canon Level: Legends


“SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE”

Comic: Ryder Windham
Artist: Bill Hughes
Publication:
·         Galoob
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: These mini-comics are not the Shadows of the Empire graphic novel proper, which I have placed after “Death in the City of Bone” (see corresponding note).
Canon Level: Legends


BATTLE OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS

Pop-Up Comic Book: Ryder Windham
Publication: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


BOUNTY TRAIL

Fan Film: Justin Dix
Canon Level: non-canon (but cool nonetheless)

FLASHBACK EVENTS

Source:
·         Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88, Parts XII-XIV


 “SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE”

Comic: Ryder Windham
Artist: Bill Hughes
Publication:
·         Ertl
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: These mini-comics are not the Shadows of the Empire graphic novel proper, which I have placed after “Death in the City of Bone” (see corresponding note).
Canon Level: Legends



“DEATH PROBE!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #45, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: It has been suggested that Luke is wielding the lightsaber of the late Orman Tagge (Marvel #37). Since Shadows of the Empire picks up directly after Episode V, it seems safe to assume that the one he constructs on Tatooine is the one he is using here.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE DREAMS OF CODY SUNN-CHILDE”

Comic: J.M. DeMatteis (as Wally Lombego)
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #46, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Trivia: This story seems to be homage to Forbidden Planet. The pacifistic ending was rewritten for the American release, so the author went by a pseudonym.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“UHL EARL KHOENG”

Short Story: Patricia A. Jackson
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #8, West End Games
·         Tales from the Empire, Bantam Spectra Books
Placement: Five years after “The Final Exit.” Jaalib Brandl is 17.
Canon Level: Legends



“DROID WORLD!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #47, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics

Record: Archie Goodwin
Publication: Star Wars: The Further Adventures—Droid World, Buena Vista Records

Trivia: The character Z-X3 encountered by R2-D2 and C-3PO appears to be a prototype of the Dark Forces droids.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


 “THE LAST JEDI”

Comic: Mike W. Barr
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #49, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics

Ruminations: One wonders whether “Jedidiah” was originally meant to be human; certainly the first appearance of this deranged stick-wielding bugman does not seem to warrant Luke’s initial outrage in either countenance or dress. What, exactly, made Luke think “Jedi” upon seeing this creature?
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE ALDERAAN FACTOR”

Comic: Randy Stradley
Art: Bob McLeod
Publication:
·         Star Wars #86, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 6: Wookiee World, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: This tale features the Yinchorri, a race revisited by the author in Jedi Council: Acts of War and Crimson Empire. Randy Stradley subtly intertwines his stories with each other.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“FIREPOWER”

Short Story: Carolyn Golledge
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #8, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


“DESPERATE MEASURES”

Short Story: Carolyn Golledge
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #11, West End Games
Canon Level: Legends


“THE THIRD LAW”

Comic: Larry Hama
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars #48, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: An interesting game of dejarik between Princess Leia and Darth Vader, each thwarting the other at every turn, but the placement of this story is uncertain. While it seems likely that it is meant to be read in its numerical slot here, the interaction between the two characters seems somewhat odd considering what has just transpired on Bespin. No reference is made to Han or Luke, and one wonders if this story was meant to take place shortly after Episode IV (as Darth Vader mentions that Princess Leia should be well aware of the Empire’s ability to destroy a planet). The attempt to buy X-Wings could even tie in with the post Battle of Yavin events. However, it could also simply be a mission in the ongoing struggle against the Empire. I have placed it here to coincide with the heavy X-Wing losses described in “Firepower.”
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SLAYING DRAGONS”

Short Story: Angela Phillips
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #9, West End Games
·         Tales from the Empire, Bantam Spectra Books
Placement: Months after the Battle of Hoth.
Canon Level: Legends


“DEATH-MASQUE!”

Comic: Steve Moore
Art: John Stokes
Publication:
·         The Empire Strikes Back Monthly #149, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Placement: The only real continuity indictator is the fact that Luke has a bionic hand.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE LONGEST FALL”

Short Story: Patricia A. Jackson
Publication:
·         The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #11, West End Games
·         Tales from the New Republic, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“DARK LORD’S CONSCIENCE”

Comic: Alan Moore
Artist: John Stokes
Publication:
·         The Empire Strikes Back Monthly #155, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Devilworlds #1, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“RUST NEVER SLEEPS”

Comic: Alan Moore
Art: Alan Davis
Publication
·         The Empire Strikes Back Monthly #156, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Devilworlds #2, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“BLIND FURY”

Comic: Alan Moore
Art: John Stokes
Publication:
·         The Empire Strikes Back Monthly #159, Marvel Comics U.K.
·         Devilworlds #1, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Ruminations: The fact that the one-man X-Wing fighter has enough room for Luke to do a blindfolded remote training session must qualify the vehicle as a kind of TARDIS. The only way to make this work would be to assume that the X-Wing was being ferried, and it was in fact the larger ship that was flying on automatic. This is torturing the text, but the visuals allow for it.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE CRIMSON FOREVER!”

CHEWBACCA’S STORY:
RAGE IN THE RED NEBULA”

“AGAINST THE SCARLET NIGHT!”

Comic: Archie Goodwin
Art: Al Williamson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #50, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Chapter I has an interesting presage of the duel to come in Episode VI. Chapter II is a flashback to an adventure immediately prior to the events of The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell. Chapter III, a return to the present, features an encounter with several of the bounty hunters from Episode V. In this story, as in the newspaper strips also written by Goodwin, Dengar is called “Zuckass.” (Bossk, Dengar, 4-LOM, and IG-88 are all present with Domina Tagge.)
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars




“RESURRECTION OF EVIL”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #51, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“TO TAKE THE TARKIN

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #52, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“VADER ADRIFT”

Short Story: Ryder Windham
Publication: Insider Saga Special Edition, Titan Magazines
Canon Level: Legends


“WHAT THEY CALLED ME”

Writer: Craig Thompson
Publication:
·         Tales #5, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“THE LAST GIFT FROM ALDERAAN”

 “A STRANGER AMONG US!”

Comic: Chris Claremont
Art: Carmine Infantino and Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #53, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3: Resurrection of Evil, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Over a month passes during Leia’s experiences on Shiva IV.
Trivia: Apparently an unused “John Carter of Mars” story, which might explain its not quite seeming to fit easily into the Star Wars universe.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“STARFIRE RISING”

Comic: Chris Claremont
Art: Carmine Infantino and Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #54, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars



“PLIF!”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #55, Dark Horse Comics Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Record: Archie Goodwin
Publication: Star Wars: The Further Adventures—Planet of the Hoojibs, Buena Vista Records
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“COFFIN IN THE CLOUDS”

Comic: David Michelinie, Louise Jones, and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #56, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“HELLO, BESPIN, GOOD-BYE!”

Comic: David Michelinie, Louise Jones, and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #57, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SUNDOWN!”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #58, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“BAZARRE!”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #59, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SERPHIDIAN EYES”

Comic: David Michelinie and Michael Fleisher
Art: Joe Brozowski
Publication:
·         Star Wars #64, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SHADESHINE”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Carmine Infantino
Publication:
·         Star Wars Annual #2, Dark Horse Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“HOTH STUFF”

Comic: David Michelinie and Bob Layton
Art: Luke McDonnell
Publication:
·         Star Wars #78, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: In this standalone issue, seemingly published out of sequence (as with “Serphidian Eyes”—it interrupts a continuous narrative, and hearkens back to a time shortly after the Battle of Hoth and specifically after the escape to Arbra), Wedge Antilles has been given a back story of being Luke’s best friend from Tatooine, and Wes Janson is shown to have died shortly after the Empire’s raid on Hoth. Even within the context of apocryphal literature, this story probably has the least in common with the canon most recently approved by Lucasfilm, and cannot be reconciled with the current stories. It almost appears as if the history between Biggs Darklighter and Luke Skywalker, not shown in the original Star Wars, has been transferred to Wedge. Articles on the official website have declared that this story is just a tall tale told among the Rogue Squadron pilots. One redeeming factor is the narrative device; Wedge himself admits to liking to “spin a good yarn,” and the entire flashback is essentially his story, rather than an actual replay of the events themselves, and the history between Luke and Wedge is relayed by Leia to Lieutenant Barlon Hightower is relayed out of earshot of Luke. It is possible, though unlikely, that she confused his tales of Biggs with his newfound friendship with Wedge (even he mentions memories of Tatooine). Months have passed since the Battle of Hoth, but since we don’t know the exact duration of Episode V, it is difficult to determine whether the author intended to say that months had also passed since the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SHIRA’S STORY”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #60, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“SCREAMS IN THE VOID”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #61, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“PARIAH!”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #62, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE MIND SPIDER”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #63, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“GOLRATH NEVER FORGETS!”

Comic: David Michelinie and Walt Simonson
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #65, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Return to Golrath, months after the events of The Crimson Forever.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE WATER BANDITS”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Walt Simonson
Publication:
·         Star Wars #66, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE DARKER”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #67, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4: Screams in the Void, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE SEARCH BEGINS”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Gene Day
Publication:
·         Star Wars #68, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“DEATH IN THE CITY OF BONE”

Comic: David Michelinie
Art: Gene Day
Publication:
·         Star Wars #69, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Novel: This issue ends with Lando Calrissian reacting to news of Han Solo’s unnamed whereabouts with dismay (“Aw, no. No! Not…THERE!”). This was clearly meant to be a creative springboard left by David Michelinie for incoming author Mary Jo Duffy, much like the epilogue of the first Jedi Apprentice book. The tag at the end says that the search for Han Solo continues in the next issue, “The Stenax Shuffle.” This would appear to indicate that the next issue was meant to be contiguous. However, when we read “The Stenax Shuffle,” we find out that it is Luke, not Lando, who has a history with the planet (this is made obvious when the entirety of the story is a flashback to post-Yavin events related by Luke to Lando). Therefore, we are left with two options: 1) Jo Duffy fumbled the ball and created a continuity glitch, or 2) there was an unchronicled adventure featuring the actual place that Lando was so upset about. In a later issue (“The Big Con,” Marvel #79), Lando says (in disguise, but probably truthfully) that they had already “checked out Jabba’s headquarters on Tatooine, and Fett hadn’t arrived there yet.” Since certain portions of Shadows of the Empire appear to take place after these events, it seems a logical placement for the bulk of the story.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE

Novel: Steve Perry

Score: Joel McNeely,  VarĂ©se Sarabande Records
1.    Main Theme from Star Wars/Leia’s Nightmare (chapter 1)
2.    The Battle of Gall (chapter 7)
3.    Imperial City (chapter 8)
4.    Beggar’s Canyon Chase (chapters 11-13)
5.    The Southern Underground (chapters 19-23)
6.    Xizor’s Theme (chapter 26)
7.    The Seduction of Princess Leia (chapter 27)
8.    Night Skies (chapters 28-32)
9.    Into the Sewers (chapters 33-36)
10.  The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace (chapters 37-39)

Graphic Novel: John Wagner
Publication:
·         #1-6, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire, Dark Horse Comics

Junior Novel: Christopher Golden


Placement: Shadows of the Empire begins just after the end of Episode V and ends just before the beginning of Episode VI (this is particularly true of the comic version). It paid homage to the Marvel series by having Luke dressed in the same outfit he wore on Stenos, but was not directly tied to the continuity of those stories. As a result, placement is rather difficult, and requires some elaborate interweaving of unrelated (and seemingly contradictory) plots. It would appear that the later bulk of the story and certain subplots having to do with the bounty hunters might in fact take place after Marvel #69 (see corresponding note).
Canon Level: Legends


THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF OBI-WAN KENOBI

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publication: Scholastic, Inc.
Continuity: Prologue, Interludes, chapter 14. Epilogue concurrent with opening chapters of Heir to the Empire, five years after the Battle of Endor.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE APPRENTICE”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Klaus Janson
Publication:
·         Star Wars Annual #3, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: The author indicates in this story that the lightsaber Luke wields is his father’s. This would appear to be either a continuity error or an untruth on Luke’s part, as his lightsaber was lost at Cloud City. Clearly this lightsaber is either Tagge’s or, more likely, the one he constructed on Tatooine in Shadows of the Empire.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE STENAX SHUFFLE”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Kerry Gramill and Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Mary Jo Duffy
·         Star Wars #70, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Junior Novel: Frame story. Here we see Luke first wearing the outfit he wears during the events of Shadows of the Empire. Flashback to immediately after Marvel Comics #15
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars



“RETURN TO STENOS”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #71, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“FOOL’S BOUNTY”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #72, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“LAHSBANE”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #73, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE ISKALON EFFECT”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #74, Dark Horse Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“TIDAL!”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #75, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“ARTOO-DETOO TO THE RESCUE”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #76, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“CHANTEUSE OF THE STARS”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #77, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Novel: In this issue, Leia ends up singing to appease the mighty Huhk. This may be a humorous homage to The Star Wars Holiday Special. She is wearing a bikini that looks suspiciously familiar to viewers of Episode VI.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“THE BIG CON”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #79, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“ELLIE”

Comic: Mary Jo Duffy
Art: Ron Frenz
Publication:
·         Star Wars #80, Marvel Comics
·         Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… vol. 5: Fool’s Bounty, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: “Ellie” concludes the original story arc pertaining to the Bothan data tapes relating to the Death Star II. The search for the missing spies, Argo and Vanis, takes several weeks.
Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


TIE FIGHTER
THE STELE CHRONICLES

Novel: Rusel DeMaria
Publication: TIE Fighter: The Official Strategy Guide, Prima
Canon Level: Legends


“STOP THAT JAWA!”

Writer: Dave Cooper
Publication:
·         Tales #2, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“A HOT TIME IN THE COLD TOWN TONITE!”

Writer: Ian Edginton
Publication:
·         Tales #6, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


 “JUST BUSINESS

Short Story: Paul Danner
Placement: Thanks to Gabor Horvath for the placement of this. He pointed out that Jabba is still spoken of as if still alive, and that one of the characters got the Rebo Band its contract with Jabba. This would place it very shortly before Episode VI.
Status: Unpublished


THE BOUNTY HUNTERS
“SCOUNDREL’S WAGES”

Writer: Mark Schultz
Publication:
·         Bounty Hunters , Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 2
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“SKREEJ”

Writer: Mike Kennedy
Publication:
·         Tales #10, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (humor)


“GAMBLER’S QUEST”

Comic: Robert Rath
Publication:
·         Star Wars Kids #12, Scholastic, Inc.
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends


“THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY”

Writer: Andi Watson
Publication:
·         Tales #8, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


THE RISE AND FALL OF DARTH VADER

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publication: Scholastic, Inc.
Continuity: Prologue, Interludes. chapters 21, 22, and Epilogue concurrent with Return of the Jedi.
Canon Level: Legends



EPISODE VI
RETURN OF THE JEDI


Film: George Lucas, 20th Century Fox
Score: John Williams, RCA Records
CD1:
2. Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous
3. The Droids are Captured
13. Jabba’s Baroque Recital
14. Jedi Rocks (formerly Lapti Nek)
4. Bounty for a Wookiee
5. Han Solo Returns
6. Luke Confronts Jabba/Den of the Rancor/Sarlaac Sentence
15. Sail Barge Assault (original version)
8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan’s Revelation
9. Alliance Assembly
10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
11. Speeder Bike Chase/Land of the Ewoks
7. The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault (film version)

CD2:
1. Parade of the Ewoks
2. Luke and Leia
12. The Forest Battle (concert suite)
12. The Levitation/Threepio’s Bedtime Story
11. Ewok Feast/Part of the Tribe
3. Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok
4. The Emperor’s Throne Room
5. The Battle of Endor (Into the Trap/Forest Ambush/Scout Walker Scramble/Prime Weapon Fires)
6. The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle
7. The Battle of Endor II (Leia is Wounded—The Duel Begins/Overtaking the Bunker/The Dark Side Beckons/The Emperor’s Death)
8. The Battle of Endor III ( Superstructure Chase/Darth Vader’s Death/The Main Reactor)
9. Leia’s News/Light of the Force
10. Victory Celebration (formerly Ewok Celebration film and album versions Star Wars Trilogy Anthology)/End Title

Novel: James Kahn
Publication: The Star Wars Trilogy, Del Rey Books

Graphic Novel: Archie Goodwin
Publication:
Chapter One: In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt!, Marvel Comics
Chapter Two: The Emperor Commands!, Marvel Comics
Chapter Three: Mission to Endor!, Marvel Comics
Chapter Four: The Final Duel!, Marvel Comics
Special #1-4, Dark Horse Comics
Omnibus: The Complete Saga, Dark Horse Comics
Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… vol. 4, Dark Horse Comics

Graphic Novel: Adam Gallardo
Publication: Infinities: Return of the Jedi #1-4, Dark Horse Comics

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

Junior Novel: Ryder Windham
Publication: Scholastic, Inc.

Children’s Book: John Whitman
Publication: Chronicle Books
Timeline: 4 A.B.Y. (3657 A.T.C.)
Canon Level: Lucasfilm


JABBA’S PALACE

Pop-Up Book: Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
Canon Level: Legends


“THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT”
THE TALE OF SALACIOUS CRUMB

Short Story: Esther M. Friesner
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends



LAPTI NEK

Song: John Williams and Ernie Fosselius
Publication:
·         Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology—Club Mix, Arista
·         Dub Mix, Polygram Records
Trivia: Supplanted in Return of the Jedi: Special Edition by “Jedi Rocks” (no comment), this song is still canonical in the sense that it is featured in the short story “And the Band Played On,” the first chapters of which take place only months prior to the film. Ernie Fosslius was the creator of Hardware Wars, one of the first and most famous Star Wars spoofs.


Canon Level: Legends—Classic Star Wars


“A TIME TO MOURN, A TIME TO DANCE”
OOLA’S TALE

Short Story: Kathy Tyers
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


JOURNAL
HERO FOR HIRE
By Han Solo

Junior Novel: Donna Tauscher
Publication: Scholastic, Inc.
Canon Level: Legends


“A BOY AND HIS MONSTER”
THE RANCOR KEEPER’S TALE

Short Story: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“TASTER’S CHOICE”
THE TALE OF JABBA’S CHEF

Short Story: Barbara Hambly
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“LET US PREY”
THE WHIPHID’S TALE

Short Story: Marina Fitch and Mark Budz
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“OLD FRIENDS”
EPHANT MON’S TALE

Short Story: Kenneth C. Flint
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: In the novelization of Return of the Jedi by James Kahn, there is an altercation between Ephant Mon and Ree-Yees on the barge (though in the cut scenes from the film, we see that the confrontation was actually between Yak Face and Ree-Yees). Borrowing the rivalry between Ree-Yees and Ephant Mon from the novelization, Flint then disregards the fact that Ephant Mon was on the Sail Barge when it went down. Ephant Mon, according to the Tales from Jabba’s Palace anthology, does not even go onto the barge in the first place. This inconsistency is, perhaps, one the hardest to understand, as the only prior indicator of a rivalry between Ree-Yees and Ephant Mon was in the Return of the Jedi novelization, so either this was a major coincidence, or the writers simply borrowed an element but felt no particular need to be faithful to the source.
Canon Level: Legends


“AND THEN THERE WERE SOME”
THE GAMMORREAN GUARD’S TALE

Short Story: William F. Wu
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“SLEIGHT OF HAND”
THE TALE OF MARA JADE

Short Story: Timothy Zahn
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: In the beginning of “Sleight of Hand,” Mara auditions for a “fat man” who claims that at one time, he was Jabba the Hutt; that is, he stood in his stead. This was clearly either a joke on Zahn’s part or an attempt to do a “retcon” of the cut scene in which a heavyset man played the part of Jabba until a special effects version could replace him (which did not happen until twenty years later, and even then was replaced by the DVD version). While this shows that Zahn was paying attention to detail, and does introduce the notion that it was Jabba’s custom to using stand-ins, it does make the character’s aspirations almost a god complex (perhaps this isn’t all that unusual; after all, the Pharoahs of old were considered gods, and in the Bible, answering to the Angel of the Lord was tantamount to talking to God. Many ancient societies treated the messenger of the king as if he spoke for the king himself). Even given the notion that Jabba may have had a god complex, it doesn’t explain how anyone could mistake a small rodent-like biped (“What Ever Happened to Jabba the Hut?”) or a large human for Jabba himself. Even if Jabba insisted they call his minions by his name (which seems unlikely, given his ego), it seems strange that anyone would actually do that in his absence.
Canon Level: Legends


“SHAARA AND THE SARLAAC”
THE SKIFF GUARD’S TALE

Short Story: Dan’l Danehy-Oakes
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: This should really be called “The Sail Barge Guard’s Tale,” as Boba Fett did not ride the skiff to the Pit of Carkoon.
Canon Level: Legends


“FORTUNE, FATE, AND THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SARLAAC”

Writer: Mark Schultz
Publication:
·         Tales #6, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 2, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


 “AND THE BAND PLAYED ON”
THE BAND’S TALE

Short Story: John Gregory Betancourt
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“GOATGRASS”
THE TALE OF REE-YEES

Short Story: Deborah Wheeler
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“THE GREAT GOD QUAY”
THE TALE OF BARADA AND THE WEEQUAYS

Short Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends

“A BAD FEELING”
THE TALE OF EV-9D9

Short Story: George Alec Effinger
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: Begins years earlier on Cloud City, when Lando has just taken over as Baron Administrator.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE REVENGE OF TAG AND BINK”

Comic: Kevin Rubio
Publication:
·         Tales #12, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 3, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Trivia: This story was rewritten as “The Return of Tag and Bink: Special Edition.”
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“OF THE DAY’S ANNOYANCES”
BIB FORTUNA’S TALE

Short Story: M. Shayne Bell
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: It is quite apparent that Bell did not take the novelization of Return of the Jedi into account when writing this tale, as he has Fortuna and Skywalker already having met, whereas in Kahn’s novel, the translated Huttese made it clear that they had not.
Trivia: Introduction of the name “Secura” into the EU lore.
Canon Level: Legends


“A FREE QUARREN IN THE PALACE”
TESSEK’S TALE

Short Story: Dave Wolverton
Publication:Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“TONGUE-TIED”
BUBO’S TALE

Short Story: Daryl F. Mallett
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“OUT OF THE CLOSET”
THE ASSASSIN’S TALE

Short Story: Jennifer Roberson
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“SKIN DEEP”
THE FAT DANCER’S TALE

Short Story: A.C. Crispin
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


PAYBACK
THE TALE OF DENGAR

Short Story: Dave Wolverton
Publication: Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“A BARVE LIKE THAT”
BOBA FETT’S TALE

Short Story: Daniel Keys Moran (as J.D. Montgomery)
Publication: Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


THE MANDALORIAN ARMOR
THE BOUNTY HUNTER WARS #1

Novel: K.W. Jeter
Publication: Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: Frame story, NOW… sections. A careful reading of this story indicates a period of weeks for the events of Return of the Jedi. In order to allow for the Boba Fett storyline to have as few continuity errors as possible, this trilogy would need to be placed after “Jawas of Doom.” However, that would have the disadvantage of creating a very implausible sequence of events.
Canon Level: Legends


“THE JABBA TAPE”

Comic: John Wagner
Publication:
·         The Star Wars Galaxy #13, Topps
·         Omnibus: Wild Space #2, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Featuring characters from Shadows of the Empire.
Canon Level: Legends


“SAND BLASTED”

Comic: Kilian Plunkett
Publication: Legends
·         Tales #4, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Continuity: Featuring characters from Shadows of the Empire.
Canon Level: Legends


SLAVE SHIP
THE BOUNTY HUNTER WARS #2

Novel: K.W. Jeter
Publication: Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: Frame story, NOW… sections.
Canon Level: Legends


“ENTRENCHED”

Comic: Alex Jaeger and M. Zachary Sherman
Publication: Visionaries, Dark Horse Comics
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


“ESCAPE FROM BALIS-BAURGH”

Short Story: Paul Balsamo
Publication: The Official Star Wars Adventure Journal vol. 1, #1
Placement: This is a flashback tale, but since the frame story is without any particular historical context except that it is some years after the events of the story, it makes more sense to place it here, where the main drama is, concurrent to the events of Return of the Jedi.
Canon Level: Legends


“BLADE SQUADRON”

Short Story: David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams
Publication: Star Wars Insider #149, 150
Publisher: Titan
Continuity: The first of the short fiction to be considered full canon after the “reboot.”
Placement: Concurrent to Return of the Jedi, during the Battle of Endor.
Canon Level: Lucasfilm Story Group


“PHANTASMAGORIA”

Comic: Baron Ueda
Publication: Manga: Silver, Tokyopop
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities


THERFORE I AM
THE TALE OF IG-88

Novella: Kevin J. Anderson
Publication: Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


“ONE LAST NIGHT IN THE CANTINA”
THE TALE OF THE WOLFMAN AND THE LAMPROID

Short Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Publication: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Bantam Spectra Books
Canon Level: Legends


HARD MERCHANDISE
THE BOUNTY HUNTER WARS #3


Novel: K.W. Jeter
Publication: Bantam Spectra Books
Continuity: Frame story, NOW… sections.
Canon Level: Legends

“A DEATH STAR IS BORN”

Graphic Short Story: Kevin Rubio
Publication:
·         Tales #4, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tales vol. 1, Dark Horse Comics
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Placement: All of the Rubio parodies are apocryphal, but since this has the origins of the Death Star well after the prequel films, it seemed best to pair it with the adventures of the adult Tag and Bink (placed after Return of the Jedi due to the fact that they span the entirety of the Classic Trilogy behind the scenes).
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


EPISODE IV.I
“TAG AND BINK ARE DEAD”

 “TAG AND BINK LIVE!”

Comic: Kevin Rubio
Publication: Legends
·         Tag and Bink Are Dead #1, 2, Dark Horse Comics
·         Tag and Bink Were Here, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 2
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)


EPISODE VI.III
THE RETURN OF TAG AND BINK
(SPECIAL EDITION)

Comic: Kevin Rubio
Publication: Legends
·         Tag and Bink Were Here, Dark Horse Comics
·         Omnibus: Wild Space vol. 2
Canon Level: Legends—Infinities (parody)








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