Monday, February 14, 2011

The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell - originally published February 9th, 1981

The Star Wars Daily Strips - The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell

Today we see the start of The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell. It's also the start of the classic teaming of writer Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson. Here's where the fun begins.

The Star Wars Daily Strips - Bonus Content

And so the Alcala period comes to an end. But before we forge ahead into more adventures in that galaxy far, far away... Let us first go over some brief history. It was sometime around January 1981 when the Los Angeles Times made a decision to discontinue running the strip in their paper, citing lack of interest. To combat this the official Star Wars Fan Club launched a letter-writing campaign and successfully saved the strip. Here is a transcript of the letter that made a million voices suddenly cry out and were not silenced:

January 12, 1981

Dear Fan Club Member:

We want you to be aware that the Los Angeles Times has suspended publication of the STAR WARS comic strip. We believe that there is great interest among many area residents in seeing the strip continue to run in the Times, as it does in hundreds of other papers.

Last month, when the L.A. Times suspended another strip, B.C., readers responded with letters and phone calls of protest and the paper reinstated B.C.

If you are a reader of the Times, and want to continue following STAR WARS, you can write or telephone the newspaper and let them know your wishes. The address is:

Los Angeles Times
Times Mirror Square
Los Angeles, CA 90053

(213) 972-7000

Maureen Garrett
Director, STAR WARS Fan Club
Lucasfilm Ltd.