Thursday, August 11, 2011

33 BBY: Urchins

Urchins, a comic short written and penciled by Stan Sakai, has the unique honor of being the first source (from a chronological perspective) to introduce Anakin Skywalker to the mythology of Star Wars.

It’s a humorous little narrative with a funny twist ending. Watto, (it’s his first introduction to Star Wars mythology as well btw) is relentlessly chasing out from his junk shop Anakin’s boy-hood chums who keep hanging around. As the narrative progresses, we learn that Jabba has demanded all of Watto’s gambling debts at once, and the only way he can get the money to pay the Hutt would be to bet against Sebulba in the next podrace. Fortunately for Watto, Anakin and his friends (who he refers to as “useless urchins) unwittingly sabotage Sebulba’s new podracer, wherein Watto wins hits bet and is able to pay off Jabba.

What I like about this story is Anakin’s unwillingness to get into trouble, and the “Dennis the Menace” style of art. It was a playful little tale about boys being boys.

For my next post I’m going to go back to the familiar text of The Essential Guide to the Force. Until then my friends, may the Force be with you.

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