Imagine an alternate universe where another set of podcasters were also breaking down classic comics. Well, that universe just collided with ours! Andrew Kilpatrick and Phil Oberholzer of the podcast THIS IS GETTING GRAPHIC join us to break down 1982’s Classic Marvel Star Wars Annual #2!! I don’t know when we’ve laughed so hard while doing a comics episode! 

What does this comic issue have in common with The High Republic? Will Han Solo become the next Satab? And what would a Star Wars x Kojak cross-over look like? All these questions will be answered in this KING-SIZE EPISODE of over 2 hours long!!

We recommend watching the video version (above) of this episode which contains the full comic as we page through it. Listen to the audio podcast here:

Star Wars Annual #2 “SHADESHINE”

Release Date: August 17, 1982
Writer: David Michelinie
Artwork: Carmine Infantino, Rudi Nebres, George Roussos
Cover Art:  Carmine Infantino, Rudi Nebres

Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, and C-3PO evade Imperial Stormtroopers when they duck inside a palace containing a giant golden statue of Han Solo. The Rebels are puzzled until Rov Vetter Pin appears, declaring that Solo is the savior of the planet Ventooine. He activates a recording of Solo’s voice which recounts the story of how Solo saved the planet. 

Solo and Chewbacca were traveling to Ventooine to deal in Sansanna spice. When Solo is run out of the Cantina when he is labeled a supporter of the Satab, he saves Tieress Chrysalla, the consort to the Satab. Solo is brought back to the Satab’s palace as a hero where he discovers that the Satab rules the planet through the use of a stone known as the Shade-shine. 

Because of his heroics, Solo is placed in line to take the title of The Satab.  Will he be the new ruler and at what cost? Why is there a giant gold statue in the middle of this palace? And where is Chewbacca during all this?

As usual, we take our Facebook Group Comments on the cover into account as we analyze this issue. Become a part of our Facebook Group to contribute!


  1. Sansanna Spice is mentioned in The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 2: Tribes of Tatooine” and The Clone Wars, season 5 “The Revival”
  2. The setting of an abandoned throne room with statues, and talking rocks, may have a tie to Claudia Gray’s High Republic novel Into The Dark

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