Well now. If you were wondering how closely the new movie Star Wars universe and the Marvel Comics Star Wars universe would work together, considering that both are now owned by Disney, the answer is “Yes.” You may have noticed that C-3PO was sporting a new red arm in the Force Awakens trailers, and assumed that he’d lose a limb during the film. However, the origin of Threepio’s new appendage will be told in STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1, a one-shot out this December right around the movie’s release. And it’s by the team of writer James Robinson and Tony Harris, the Starman team reuniting for the first time in nearly 20 years.

“That’s a really exciting part of doing this story,” says Robinson in a statement. “I saw a photo of C-3PO with his red arm the other day and I thought ‘Wow, I’m the writer who gets to explain that’.”

This news, announced on, is intriguing in many ways. As mentioned, it shows a very close working relationship between comics and movies; it also makes one wonder just how on earth they are going to keep this under wraps, since comics typically get spoiled months before they are released. Maybe some titanium level encryption?

Also, just how well will this issue sell? Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to blow the door off the box office, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics are already crushing the sales charts. You wouldn’t expect a C-3PO solo adventure to set any records, but throw in the top level talent and the movie tie-in and this should sail to the Top 10 faster than you can say “expanded universe.”

Art & Cover by TONY HARRIS
On Sale This December!


  1. Robinson & Harris did a Starman story in JSA All-Stars back in 2003ish. Not quite “almost 20 years” but good news nonetheless. Trying not to buy every comic under the Sun, especially Star Wars related, when there are so many and I can read them on Marvel Unlimited. But I might break that embargo for a one-shot.

  2. On the one hand, I was a big fan of Starman, so I’m interested in seeing Robinson and Harris re-unite.
    But on the other hand, this sort of thing is exactly why I never got into all the Expanded Universe stuff. I dug the Star Wars films, and I loved the universe. Part of what I loved about it was the sense that there were all these untold stories in that big wide universe. But I never actually wanted to see those stories told! I could care less about what Luke did at Tosche Station or where Lando bought his cape or the Wampa’s childhood, and I don’t really need the back story of Threepio’s red arm.

  3. I was just thinking about if Chin Music was ever going to be finished or not. I am going to guess no and it got swallowed up in the void like Real Heroes since like Hitch, Harris is working on other projects.

  4. I remember Droids being one of the better 90s Dark Horse Star Wars comics. With the movie connection, the timing, the creative team, and the subject himself, they are going to sell a ton of these. A million dads will be buying these for their kids if not themselves, myself included.

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