Star Wars 30th huh… After the horrendous prequels, I don’t feel much in the mood for celebrating. Sure the first movie had a big impact on me. I collected the toys, read the comics, and played the RPG, but with the new trilogy, all the joy I had for the franchise was washed away. I’ve got lots of problems with the prequels but the biggest one is Darth Vader’s origin. What SHOULD have happened was the depiction of an evil apotheosis, a dark revelation. Kinda like St. Francis of Assisi in reverse. What we got was a whiney brat and Jarjar Binks in a video game you couldn’t play. All this proves is that the Howard the Duck movie was not a fluke.
I remember two weeks before the Phantom Menace came out I was sitting in the lunch room at work joking around with coworkers about how much money folks were spending on the Star Wars action figures and merchandise. Right then another coworker, as she was cleaning her stuff in the sink, piped up and said “Yeah, and what if it’s not any good?” I froze as I processed her comment. My first thought was “of course it’s gonna be good. It’s Star Wars.” My second thought was: “oh my god this movie is gonna totally suck” …and thus it was so.
The prequels broke Star Wars’ hold on me, and maybe in the end that’s a good thing as I moved on to other pop culture pursuits… the golden mean proves itself true again. I find the only appreciation I can muster beyond advancing movie-making technology, is that Star Wars saved Marvel Comics' ass. Yup, that’s right. If Star Wars hadn’t come along when it did, Marvel would have gone bankrupt in the 70s. The Star Wars comic was the huge boost to the bottom line that it needed to survive. Without it, all my favorite stories of the 80s would never have happened. Alter Ego # 68, out this month by TwoMorrows Publishing, has a nice article all about it.
Marvel Rescued from the Deathstar of Bankruptcy….
May “what ever floats your boat” be with you.