046: “He’s not dead. Not yet. He’s me!”
I’m not keen on this page which might be from 1980 or even later, 1982? It’s very difficult to tell.
The following pages of Luke in Ben’s house drag a bit with multiple versions of the scene, so I might post 2 pages a day for a bit.
I really don’t like this page at all. When I started thinking I could do real professional quality comic art I was getting into dodgy territory! The two semi-circles at the top are probably supposed to be the Twin Suns of Tatooine. Crude, or what?
It’s a bit boring doing two panels that look almost the same. It can work in some moment-to-moment transitions – but not done like this. What a waste of a half page.
The medium here seems to be black felt-tip pen. My favourite. In the bottom panel the ink’s getting a bit dry so I’d be considering downgrading to the next darkest grey or blue in the pack. My idea of heaven as a kid would probably have been: a huge box full of thin black markers and an infinite supply of white A4 copier paper. Imagine living next door to the Caran Dache factory on one side and a paper mill on the other? With secret Shawshank-Style tunnels bored through behind the Star Wars posters.
Luke and Ben dragged Threepio back to Ben’s (…) He had a torn-off arm.
Much of this is from the 1977 novel, evidenced by the “blind Jawa” bit. Poor Threepio though. Is this droid-abuse?
Speaking of Twin Suns of Tatooine, perhaps we’ll end today’s edition with Jeremy Messersmith’s charming song with it’s lovely 2D cut-out animated video by Eric Power.
(2-shot, head and shoulders in the Jundland wastes of Tatooine)
"Now Luke, what are you doing here?" Ben asks Luke.
"Well, I was looking for this little guy. Says he belongs to someone—I think he's dead—called Obi Wan kenobi."
"He's not dead—not yet—he's me!" says Ben. Luke is stunned.
'After laying a trail that a blind Jawa could follow, Luke and Ben dragged 3PO back to Ben's small but momey hovel.'
(2-shot, head and shoulders in the Jundland wastes of Tatooine))
(2-shot, head and shoulders in of Luke and Threepio in Ben's home)
'3PO had a torn-off arm—'
"There Threepio" says Luke.
(close-up, side-profile of Luke)
"Ben, were you a Jedi like my father?"
"Yes I was," Ben replies.