I have a passion for collecting vintage Star Wars merchandise from the late 70's. Action figures, comics, trading cards etc - anything related to the first Star Wars movie. But why only until 1980? It's not that I don't love The Empire Strikes Back and beyond (I really do), but there is something about that first wave of Star Wars mania that really grips me, back when it was all fresh and exciting...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pizzazz #1 (October 1977)

One of my favorite things to collect is issues of Pizzazz magazine. I only have two but I love this little window into pop culture of the late 70s. Published by Marvel, the magazine was aimed at younger readers and every issue has some sort of Star Wars content, be it articles or advertisements. It also ran a monthly Star Wars comic strip wholly separate from Marvel's regular Star Wars comic books. 

Focusing on the droids of Star Wars, Pizzazz's first article hints at a sequel and the bombardment of merchandise which was only just beginning by October 1977. 

Pizzazz regularly did daft stuff like the above. Still, it reminds us which celebrities were the most talked about at the time. 

The first installment of the comic strip series is pretty ho-hum for anybody familiar with Marvel's regular Star Wars run and it could have been the beginning of just about any of the several story arcs in the comic books. But it could go anywhere and I'm intrigued to see how it will unfold as this story is totally new to me. 

This advertisement reminded me of those special edition anthologies of the comic books which I'll also need to track down at some point. 


Shannon Smith said...

Do you know who drew the Star Wars comic in Pizzazz?

Shannon Smith said...

Oh, I see. It is Chaykin. I had to zoom. I wonder if those have ever been collected. I think I need them. Like, right now.

'77 - '80 Collector said...

They haven't been collected to my knowledge, which is strange given the numerous editions of the regular Marvel series. Hopefully I'll be able to put together my own collection here one day once I've tracked down all issues of Pizzazz!

Absolute Boris said...

I acquired Pizazz #1 a while ago and am will to sell it to the right buyer. Understandingapples@gmail.com It isn't mint but it is complete and a beautifully pieced together magazine with lots of Star Wars and 70's uniqueness. May the Force be with you.