On sale this week in 1980: A MARVEL UK House Ad plugging the impending 100th edition of STAR WARS WEEKLY.
What did appear in that landmark issue?
A wraparound ILM photo-cover of an X-Wing taking on Darth Vader's T.I.E Fighter.
A seventeen-page reprint of The Long Hunt (the first US Star Wars Annual).
A two-page text summary of SWW's main strip to-date.
A tease of upcoming back-up strips.
Coverage of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK... including the date of the world premiere in London (16 May 1980).
1980 was a year of big changes for SWW... a name-change (to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WEEKLY) followed by a cut from weekly to monthly (to ensure the supply of fresh US strips).