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Zorba the Hutt’s Revenge by Paul Davids and Hollace Davids

February 22, 2010

Did you know that Jabba’s father is named Zorba, and that he has a full head of hair and a beard? Neither did I. But according to this book from 1992, Zorba came to Tattoine after the events of Return of the Jedi, only to discover that his son had been murdered, whereupon he attempts to get his revenge on those involved.

It’s less than 90 pages long and is basically a “young readers” book. I’ll admit that I haven’t read the whole book. Maybe this excerpt from the first chapter will give you an idea why.

Luke Skywalker’s Y-wing starfighter zoomed through deep space, on its way to Cloud City for Han Solo’s housewarming party.

Han’s sky house was finally built. It was now floating in the air two miles away from Cloud City, on the planet Bespin.

“I’ve got it!” Luke Skywalker exclaimed, as he adjusted their flight path. “I know what we can get Han as a housewarming gift. We’ll get him an ultra-high-density household communication screen!”

Luke eventually scraps that idea and decides to get him a housekeeping droid, which is exactly the kind of thing I’m sure Han would love. 😉 The point is that it definitely seems to be written for kids, so it’s a little hard to take it seriously. That said, I haven’t read most of the book, so I can’t pass judgement on it.

Still, I think the cover art and illustrations alone are worth the modest price of admission. The cover art is done by none other than the legendary poster artist Drew Struzan and is amazingly well done. And the interior illustrations by Karl Kesel are also great, and there are quite a number of them, including many different ones of Zorba such as the one below.

I love how he looks like a British barrister. Anyway, I’m not sure that I really accept this book as canon when it comes to Jabba’s family and so forth, but it’s definitely a fun one to leaf through.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Caitlin permalink
    February 24, 2010 8:44 pm

    Haha! Oh man, Jabba’s father is hilarious with that beard. I love it!

  2. New1Superion2 permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:17 pm

    For the past decade, I’ve been under the impression that most licensed Star Wars film media, web fan-fictions and literary publications prior to 1999 have been significantly ret-conned or simply ignored as official canon. At least those that attempt to elaborate upon Obi Kenobi’s “Clone Wars” comment in Episode IV.

    Anyway, I agree that it seems to be kiddie fare. Definitely something I would have enjoyed in my youth. I always liked how Star Wars material, official canon or not, was presented to just about any and every person who was interested in Star Wars, regardless their age or gender.

    Three questions for you: Have you read the book and did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to today’s fans? Finally, regarding the excerpt, why is Luke using a Y-wing starfighter and which model was specified, if any [BTL-S3 or BTL-A4]?

    JD

    • icruise permalink
      April 15, 2011 12:39 am

      I haven’t read any more of it than when I wrote about originally, so I can’t really say much more. I think you’re probably right that this can’t be considered canon. I probably wouldn’t recommend it as serious reading, but it’s worth a look for the illustrations alone.

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