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A Death Star Is Born

Kevin Rubio


Lucas Marangon


Lucas Marangon


Vickie Williams


Dave Nestelle

Publication information

Dark Horse Comics



General information

Rise of the Empire era

Part of

Star Wars Tales

Published in

Star Wars Tales 4

Preceded by

Moment of Doubt

Followed by

Spare Parts

A Death Star Is Born is a 12-page comic featured in Star Wars Tales 4, written by Kevin Rubio. It was collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 1.

Plot summary

Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Tol Sivron, and Bevel Lemelisk present their Death Star proposal to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. The perceived flaws of the schematics are humorously discussed.


Behind the scenes

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The appearance of Bevel Lemelisk is different in this comic than in any other source where he is portrayed. This was an intentional choice on behalf of the comic's creator, although for unknown reasons. One should also note the presence of a particular Mon Calamari.

When the Maw Installation team approach the Imperial Palace on their Lambda-class shuttle, the original Starship Enterprise, a Bob's Big Boy, the Iron Giant, and the "Yellow Submarine" can all be seen.

The Imperial emblems in the Palace are in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears. Also, when Darth Vader gives Tarkin coffee, he offers him a milk carton with a cow pictured on it. The hologram Tarkin's daughter has left, features Yogi Bear.

Names offered for the first Death Star include "Planet Killer" (a possible reference to The Doomsday Machine), "Death From Above" (a possible reference to Apocalypse Now or Ivan Drago's nickname in Rocky IV.), and Titanic.


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