That Time George Lucas Cussed Out a Comic Book Professional…


I have been a Star Wars fan for most of my life. Being born in the late 70’s pretty much meant I was destined to be a Star Wars fan. Since then I have learned quite a bit about that “Galaxy Far, Far Away”, and find it difficult to learn anything new. That is why it is so exciting to find out something new about the movies or people involved with the film from over four decades ago.

Keith Giffen has long been one of my favorite comic book writers, as anyone who knows me, knows that my favorite comic series of all time was Justice League International. The book was of course written by Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with art by Kevin Maguire and Terry Austin. Anytime something new comes about that series, I am all ears.

Giffen just started a brand new podcast about his career as a comic book writer/artist. Listening to the third episode of the I’m Not Dead yet podcast revealed not only some great insight from the creator, but a little nugget of Star Wars trivia. Giffen began his career at Marvel Comics with the Marvel Preview Magazine in 1976. This puts him at the company around the time or shortly before a deal was being worked out for Marvel to produce the comic book version of Star Wars.

One day while walking the halls at Marvel, Giffen turned a corner slamming into a visiting George Lucas. Lucas was most likely there talking about the adaptation of his upcoming film. Lucas’ papers went flying and the creator of Star Wars started a steady tirade of curses and more at Giffen. This wouldn’t be the first celebrity Giffen ever had an accidental run-in with…

The story starts at the 34:20 minute mark of the episode below and he can tell it better than I.

So there you have it. A little bit of somewhat related Star Wars trivia for you. Hopefully the story brings a smile to your face, and maybe gives you a new podcast to listen to on your way to work.


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