Back in 1977, coming out of a movie theater after watching Star Wars, my mind was blown. This movie from George Lucas was everything an 8-year-old kid could ask for. I knew that after watching the movie I wanted to be a part of that universe. That began a lifelong relationship with Star Wars. I wanted to get my hands on anything Star Wars related. Toys had not reached the shelves yet but it was a spinning comic book rack at the local supermarket where I made my first Star Wars related purchase, Star Wars #1 from Marvel Comics.
The six issue run of the comic covered the Star Wars movie and then launched into the further adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and the rest of the Star Wars crew. Now that those adventures which spanned 107 issues, along with the Dark Horse run, have been deemed non-canonical (save the issues that were adapted from the actual movies), one could easily say that those stories never existed. Well, they did to me. And while I may have a little trouble separating Jaxxon, Shira, Fenn and Lumiya from the world of Star Wars, I am not angry about it. To me, they will always have a place in a much larger universe.
Now that Disney has taken over the Marvel and now the Star Wars universes, the comic books have come home. Only this time, everything is cannon.
Welcome home Star Wars, welcome home.