"Use your harpoon and tow cables...go for their legs! It's our only hope of stopping them!"
Luke Skywalker
Star Wars 40
Star Wars 40
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Series Star Wars
Title "The Empire Strikes Back: Battleground Hoth!"
Volume 1
Number 10
Cover date October, 1980
Cover price .50
Publisher Marvel Comics
Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter
Writers Archie Goodwin
Pencilers Al Williamson; Carlos Garzón; Rick Veitch
Inkers Al Williamson; Carlos Garzón
Cover Artists Al Williamson; Carlos Garzón
Colorists Glynis Wein
Letterers Rick Veitch
Editors Danny Fingeroth; Archie Goodwin
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Plot Edit

At the medical center of Echo Base on Hoth, Luke Skywalker is recovering from wounds sustained by a Wampa ice monster. A tender moment between Princess Leia and he is briefly shared before Han Solo and Chewbacca enter to check on Luke's status. Leia and Han argue a bit and Leia kisses Luke in order to make Han jealous.

Meanwhile on board the Super Star Destroyer, Executor, Lord Vader's crew receives the information transmitted by the Imperial Viper Probe Droid. Vader knows that the rebel base is on Hoth and orders the fleet towards that location.

Admiral Ozzel of the Empire brings the fleet out of lightspeed too quickly, thus alerting the Rebels to their presence. As such, the rebels activate an energy field keeping all laser fire from reaching the planet. As punishment for this, Darth Vader uses the Force to strangle Ozzel. He promotes Captain Piett of the Executer to Ozzel's position.

The Empire deploys AT-AT and AT-ST walkers to the planet's surface. Under the command of General Veers, their purpose is to take out the generators that power the energy field. Luke Skywalker leads a squad of Snowspeeders to counter the Walkers while Bren Derlin leads the ground assault.

Han Solo meanwhile, has Chewbacca prep the Millennium Falcon so that he can get the Princess off the planet.

During the ground battle, Luke's gunner Dak Ralter is killed and their speeder crashes into a snow bank. An Imperial Walker bears down on them ready to crush the crippled speeder with one of its feet.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • All of the (1st appearance) markers listed under appearances refer to comic book appearances only.
  • Behind the scenes appearances of the AT-AT gunners.
  • Deaths of Dak Ralter and Kendal Ozzel.
  • In the original shooting script, the Rebels had captured several Wampa monsters and imprisoned them at Echo Base. The scenes never appeared in the final drafts however and were not included in the movie. The Marvel Comics adaptation re-inserts references to the Wampas being held captive at the base.
  • Rick Veitch provided the illustrations for the AT-AT Walkers.
  • Dack Ralter's name is mis-spelled as Dak in this issue.
  • This comic book issue includes advertisements for the following products:
  • Marvel Comics advertisement
  • Spot-bilt athletic shoes (featuring O.J. Simpson)
  • Hulk Up – Hulk instant muscles
  • Mile High Comics comic book catalog
  • Marvel Comics' Fun and Games activity book
  • Epic Illustrated magazine
  • Toys "R" Us shopping spree sweepstakes
  • Hostess Fruit Pies (featuring the Human Torch)

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