Amid the mid-1970s, a youthful George Lucas wrote the script outline for a science fiction/dream space opera he’d tentatively titled The Star Wars. By 1974, he had a really strong screenplay, with trained knights utilizing laser swords, a malevolent Empire, and a huge fortress in space. However, this Star Wars was in no way like the movies we know and love today. In 2013, Dark Horse Comics released an illustrated variant of Lucas’ unique screenplay, and we got the opportunity to perceive how Lucas’ unique vision developed into what we saw on screen. For some Star Wars fans, some of the distinctions are stunning.
1. Kane and Annikin Starkiller
Kane Starkiller is a Jedi-Bendu, and he lives on a forlorn moon with his two children, Deak and Annikin. Kane is mostly cyborg now, after his numerous fights left him with only a head and an arm. After youthful Deak is murdered by a Sith assault, Kane and Annikin escape to Aquilae so that the brash Annikin can finish his Jedi-Bendu training with Luke. Shades of Anakin Skywalker’s state of mind from Attack of the Clones are evident here. However, rather than the Jedi interlace, Annikin sports a mullet/man bun combo.
2. Luke Skywalker is an Old Man
In this, Luke Skywalker is a bearded man of 60 and a general on Aquilae. This is one of only a handful couple of planets not officially taken control of by the Empire. He’s a Jedi-Bendu, a gang of warriors who were at one time the sworn defenders of the Emperor yet and are being chased by the Sith. As in A New Hope, not very many Jedi are left, and their numbers are decreasing.