I'd hoped to have a different post up here for what has become the annual observance
of Star Wars Day — May the 4th (as in, "... be with you"). That ain't happenin', so you get an enhanced repeat instead.
Boba Fett ® and image © year of creation Lucasfilm Ltd.
My younger friends think Boba Fett's a chump for dying (or not) in the Sarlacc pit. And I get that much of the mystery around Fett was ruined by seeing him as a kid in the prequels; same with Darth Vader, frankly. To my generation, however, the prequels aren't real Star Wars. When all we knew of Boba Fett was what you see in the photo above, nothing more than an enigmatic bounty hunter clad in a hodgepodge of beat-up weaponry that got faithfully reproduced as a kick-ass 12" Kenner action figure, I promise you: Boba Fett was awesome.
Splash page from Star Wars: Blood Ties — Boba Fett Is Dead © 2012 Lucasfilm
Ltd. Script: Tom Taylor. Illustration: Chris Scalf. Letters: Michael Heisler.
I posted the preceding paragraph on Facebook, and then here, in February but it became a casualty of either gremlins or my own negligence or both. The image directly above, meanwhile, is something that I stumbled across in the interim — artist Chris Scalf's splash page to the first issue of Star Wars: Blood Ties — Boba Fett Is Dead, a miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics last year and collected in trade paperback this January. I can't vouch for its quality, as I haven't read any Star Wars comics in a couple of decades (nor anything else from the vast Expanded Universe, which is what this post was going to be about). You can sample the opening pages at the preceding links, though. I'm just glad to get confirmation that Boba Fett made it out of the Sarlacc pit after all, regardless of how he ended up.
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