About SWa9


The artist takes a break from hectic comic
production for a photo. By his mum (Summer '78)

The original star wars comic

A new definition for 'Dog-eared'. It's been well-loved.

The original star wars comic

What's that insignia on Darth Vador's arm? Is he a biker?

The original star wars comic

The Irish Village where nothing happened where it all happened

A 200 page home-made comic-strip  adaptation from 1977!

This site contains all of the existing pages of the Star Wars comic I drew (drawed?) between 1977 and c.1983. Therefore making it... a WebComic. 33+ years old and resurrected!

About the Comic

Around Christmas time 1977 a nine year old budding artist (that's me) started to draw his own comic adaptation of his favourite film; just seen in the cinema, with no DVDs, books or comics to guide him (that's me again, hello!). The early results were peculiar, but it was fun and some consolation for only seeing it once. Less obsessed friends would claim "We saw it 6 times!": I yearned to see it again.

Some time later, I got my hands on the British printing of the MARVEL comic and treasured it. My drawing improved and with the comics, bubble-gum cards and the full-colour photos in the novel I began the process of drawing, re-evaluating and redrawing - casting the older pages in the bin.

So now reader, here's the very odd fruit of that 4 or 5 year effort. Rediscovered only last year. The shabby 1977 home-made comic becomes 2010 web-comic.

The Spark!

My parents seem to have saved much of it enroute to the bin! This was a joyful discovery in mid-2009 when my dad handed me a bag of old drawings that he'd kept up in his wardrobe. Since then, their attic has revealed more: crumpled, partially eaten by silverfish and worse - covered in bird droppings.

Other Finds

Hundreds more drawings unearthed in archaeological digs in mum and dad's attic. Mostly of Star Wars including the very first ones that I dashed onto paper, on the sitting room floor, the minute I got home from the cinema having seen it for the first time.

It's funny to see the details I vividly remembered and others that I had to invent. It was all a bit visually overwhelming for a 9 year old I suppose!

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