"My, my what a touching sight. Han, my boy, your taste in companions has improved... even if your luck has not."
Jabba the Hutt
"In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt"
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi 1
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Title: "In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt"
Storyline: "Return of the Jedi"
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Cover price: .60
Cover date: October, 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Writers: Archie Goodwin
Pencilers: Al Williamson; Carlos Garzon
Inkers: Al Williamson; Carlos Garzon
Cover artists: Bill Sienkiewicz
Colorists: Christie Scheele; Bob Sharen
Letterers: Ed King
Editors: Michael Higgins; Jo Duffy
Next: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi #2

"In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt" is the first issue of the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi four-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics. It is the official comic book adaptation of the 1983 sci-fi/fantasy film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It was written by Archie Goodwin based on the original script by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan. It was illustrated by Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon and colored by Christie Scheele and Bob Sharen. The series was lettered by Ed King and edited by Michael Higgins and Jo Duffy. Artist Bill Sienkiewicz provided the cover art illustrations. This issue shipped with an October, 1983 cover date and had a cover price of 60 cents per copy (US), 70 CAD per copy (Canada) and 25 GBP in the United Kingdom.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Other than the main characters, many of the character names listed here are not used in the issue itself and have been established through alternate media relating to the Star Wars expanded universe.
  • One extremely noticeable omission from this issue is the presence of the Max Rebo band. However, Max, as well as bandmates Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool do appear on a pin-up page at the back of the issue.
  • The name of the planet seen in the background of page 1 is unknown.
  • This is the second comic book appearance of Jabba the Hutt and the first under his correct name and visual representation. Jabba appeared as far back as issue #2 of the regular Star Wars comic series, where he was identified as Jabba the Hut and was drawn as a Nimbanel.
  • Commander Jerjerrod's full name is Tiaan Jerjerrod. Per the Return of the Jedi read-along book, his rank is actually that of a Moff.
  • An IG-series assassin droid, possibly even IG-88, can be seen on Jabba's sail barge. IG-88 was not in the original film, but in the context of the Marvel series chronologically, it is not unlikely to think that IG-88 would be present on Tatooine.
  • The girl with the red hair and black bikini top on page five could possibly be Jess/Star Wars, who is a very minor character from the film and can only be briefly seen in Jabba's court. In the movie, she has white hair with a blue streaks down the left-hand side. She is first identified as Jess in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game: Jabba's Palace Limited expansion set.

Pin-ups Edit

This issue includes a four-page pin-up section featuring characters, locations and vehicles seen in this issue. All pin-ups are illustrated by different artists.

Recommended Reading Edit

See also Edit


The World of Star Wars

Star Wars miscellaneous

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