Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Empire Strikes

While we're on the subject of Star Wars and George Lucas, it's pretty well known in industry-circles that the licensing arm of Lucas' moneymaking empire is a tad, how shall we say, overzealous in protecting against any perceived slights to his properties' intellectual (and financial) integrity.  To wit, here's an amusing head-scratcher of an anecdote from comic writer J.M. DeMatteis, one of my faves from his lengthy runs on Justice League and Spider-Man, recounting his brief time in the trenches at Marvel's Star Wars comic in the 1980s, and how the gloved hand of Lucasfilm licensing conspired to prevent the concept of pacifism from taking root in the Star Wars universe (and here's DeMatteis' epilogue to that story).  Both hilarious and instructive.

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