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In Brief: Bootleg Chinese Comic Book Version of Star Wars

By Norman Chan

A long time ago in a China far, far away..

Now this would a treasure for Steve Sansweet's collection. We've previously explored the strange world of foreign bootleg Star Wars products, but this one may be the weirdest of them all. Historian Maggie Greene shared this early 1980s Chinese "Lianhuanhua"--a palm-sized picture book once the medium for Communist propaganda literature--that retells Star Wars, from the perspective of an artist that may or may not have ever seen the film. Greene has posted scans of all of the book's pages, which offer a glimpse into Eastern perception of Western pop culture and even home life, through the lens of Star Wars. (h/t io9)