Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics #26 “DOOM Mission!” is the finale of a 2-part storyline involving Luke and Leia exploring shady business surrounding the planet Yavin and discovering a hidden Imperial base run by Baron Tagge. You’re in for a treat with this rousing issue featuring death-defying action, Leia gaining strength through a good cry and Luke using the Force as a guide. Richard and Sarah discuss the comic and find FTOOM! Fast Facts (classic comic things that appear now in Star Wars books, comics and films.)

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Release Date: May 22, 1979
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artwork: Carmine Infantino, Bob Wiacek, Petra Goldberg
Cover Art: Carmine Infantino / Bob Wiacek
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter

Synopsis: Luke and Leia are being attacked by two TIE fighters. Just as the situation appears hopeless, X-wings arrive and destroy the two enemy fighters.

Once Luke and Leia get back to the base, they inform General Dodonna about the TIE fighters cleverly entering the gaseous atmosphere of Yavin. Since Yavin’s atmosphere is too thick for conventional signalling, they deduce that the House of Tagge and the Empire have developed some new signalling technology and set up a launch station within the gas giant. Luke goes on a mission to retrieve one of the signalling units from a downed TIE fighter, and R2-D2 is critically damaged in the process. 

With no other choice, Luke sets out in a captured TIE fighter, fitted with the new signalling unit, through the atmosphere of Yavin to the House of Tagge Launch Station within the dangerous Yavin atmosphere. Now, Will Luke survive this Doom Mission? Stay tuned to find out...

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