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Vintage Chinese 'Star Wars' book depicts a Soviet Empire

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Maggie Greene

This Chinese comic book adaptation of George Lucas' Star Wars is as strange as it is wonderful. Rolling Stone writes that assistant history professor Maggie Greene purchased the incredible booklet for roughly a dollar at a Shanghai book fair. A full collection of scans from the volume is available online, along with her musings about its origins and visual eccentricities. "Were the actors really garbed in Soviet-looking space suits? Was Darth Vader really pacing before a map bearing the location of the Kennedy Space Center?" To see Darth Vader posing in front of a dinosaur, Chewbacca as a chimp, and other inexplicable details, head to Greene's website.