Marvel’s ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’ #1 gets a stunning cover

Star Wars: Darth Vader isn't out until February, but fans are already ecstatic over the new hand-painted cover.

 

Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published Nov 13, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:21 am CDT

Marvel made a splash at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by announcing that their initial slate of Star Wars comics, marking their return to stories they once published long before Disney bought them or Lucasfilm.

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There are three new comics starting in early 2015, all set after Star Wars: A New Hope. In addition to a look at the rebels in the simply titled Star Wars and a special Princess Leia mini-series, Marvel will be planning a series devoted to Darth Vader. Penned by popular comics writer Kieron Gillen and featuring art by Salvador Larroca, Star Wars: Darth Vader will focus on the same time frame as the core Star Wars series, following the events after the first film from the perspective of the fallen Jedi Knight.

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Yesterday, StarWars.com revealed a gorgeous variant cover for Darth Vader #1. An unabashed love song to everyone’s favorite master of the dark side of the Force, the cover features a fully non-digital painting by artist Alex Ross.

And thanks to the subreddit r/ComicWalls and redditor boganhobo, there’s already a wallpaper version:

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Last month, Marvel previewed the variant cover for Star Wars?, also by Ross and also stunning. The first issue of that series will be released in January; Darth gets his turn in February. Marvel is also re-releasing an omnibus collection of its original run of Star Wars comics, which it published until Lucasfilm brought the comics license to rival Dark Horse.

Photo via StarWars.com

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*First Published: Nov 13, 2014, 4:21 pm CST