IT HAD TO HAPPEN.
Jaxxon, the giant green rabbit who made an unforgettable impression in the FIRST EVER original Marvel Star Wars story in issue #7 from 1978…is coming back.
But only on the cover of the Star Wars #1 “Party” Variant Cover, as depicted by artist John Tyler Christopher.
If you were a kid in 1978 who had read the Marvel Comics adaptation of the original film (complete with Biggs Darklighter) you may remember the trembling hands with which you picked up issues #7 at the 7-11—a brand new Star Wars story! In a time before licensing became vast and multi media was everywhere, this was it! A NEW STORY. And then you opened it up and saw that writer Roy Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin had teamed Han Solo and Chewie with a bunch of misfits on a faraway planet in a rewrite of Seven Samurai. And one of the misfits was a seven foot tall green rabbit.
Because in space, there was infinite diversity.
It is said that Star Wars creator George Lucas did not care for Jaxxon, and perhaps it is this incident that sent him spiraling off in his x-wing to become the inscrutable dark lord that he later became. Or maybe the Howard the Duck movie was revenge. Or more likely, Jar Jar Binks was the true revenge. Perhaps we will never know.
Anyway, this fanciful cover has brought Jaxxon back, if only in an imaginary symbolic cover. “‘Star Wars’ has always been an important part of Marvel’s history and we knew we wanted to honor that legacy with a callback to the original Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars’ series,” said David Gabriel, Marvel’s SVP Sales & Marketing in a statement. “We think old and new fans alike will be just as excited as we are to see Jaxxon, even if it’s only for this fun variant cover.”
But is this the last we’ve seen of Jaxxon? The new Star Wars debuts in January with writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday at the helm. Aaron has joked that he’d like to bring Jaxxon back…but it wouldn’t be the first time. In The Clone Wars, the skeleton of Jaxxon was briefly seen…another casualty in the war between silliness and seriousness, no doubt.
Not really, it’s just a joke, but I wanted to say that.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.