Star Wars Episode 1 Anakin Skywalker 1B NM Photo Cover Darth Vader Tim Truman 1s


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Star Wars Episode 1 Anakin Skywalker (1999) #1B

Published May 1999 by Dark Horse
Photo cover
Written by Tim Truman
Art by Steve Crespo and George Freeman
32 pages, Full color

There will soon come a day when the future of the galaxy hinges on the fate of one boy… though he does not yet know it. Growing up on the desert world Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker never thought he would venture beyond the small life he has. Simple, boyhood pursuits seem like the only things he should be concerned with. But destiny has other things in mind.

– C-3PO
– Darth Vader
– Gasgano
– Jabba The Hutt
– Jar Jar Binks
– Obi-Wan Kenobi
– Padmé Amidala
– Qui-Gon Jinn
– R2-D2
– Sebulba
– Shmi Skywalker
– Watto

Darth Vader is a character in the Star Wars franchise. The character is the primary antagonist in the original trilogy and, as Anakin Skywalker, is a primary protagonist in the prequel trilogy. Star Wars creator George Lucas has collectively referred to the first six episodic films of the franchise as “the tragedy of Darth Vader”. He has become one of the most iconic villains in popular culture, and has been listed among the greatest villains and fictional characters ever.

Originally a slave on Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker is a Jedi prophesied to bring balance to the Force. He is lured to the dark side of the Force by Chancellor Palpatine and becomes a Sith Lord, assuming the title of Darth Vader. After a lightsaber battle with his former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar, in which he is severely injured, Vader is transformed into a cyborg. He then serves the Galactic Empire for over two decades as its chief enforcer. Vader ultimately redeems himself by saving his son, Luke Skywalker, and killing Palpatine, sacrificing his own life in the process. He is also the secret husband of Padmé Amidala, the biological father of Princess Leia, and the grandfather of Kylo Ren (Ben Solo).

The character has been portrayed by numerous actors: David Prowse physically portrayed Vader while James Earl Jones voiced him in the original trilogy, and Sebastian Shaw portrayed the unmasked Anakin in Return of the Jedi, as well as the character’s spirit in the original release of that film. Jake Lloyd played Anakin Skywalker as a child in The Phantom Menace, the first film of the prequel trilogy, while Hayden Christensen played him as a young adult in the following two films.

After deciding to create the prequel trilogy, Lucas indicated that the story arc would be a tragic one depicting Anakin’s fall to the dark side. He also saw that the prequels could form the beginning of one long story that started with Anakin’s childhood and ended with his death, in what he has termed “the tragedy of Darth Vader”. This was the final step towards turning the film series into a “saga”. For the first prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Lucas made Anakin nine years old to make the character’s separation from his mother more poignant. Movie trailers focused on Anakin and a one-sheet poster showing him casting Vader’s shadow informed otherwise unknowing audiences of the character’s eventual fate. The movie ultimately achieved a primary goal of introducing audiences to Anakin, as well as introducing the concept that he is the Chosen One of an ancient Jedi prophecy, destined to bring balance to the Force. Lucas states in an interview recorded around the time of the third prequel, Revenge of the Sith (2005), that “Anakin is the Chosen One. Even when Anakin turns into Darth Vader, he is still the Chosen One”.

Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is a Canadian actor and producer. He began his career on Canadian television at the age of 13, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He was praised for his acting as Sam in Life as a House (2001), earning Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Christensen gained international fame for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequel trilogy films, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), a role he will reprise for the announced Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka. His honours for these films include a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Actor and the Cannes Film Festival Revelation Award. He also received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Stephen Glass in the 2003 film Shattered Glass.

On December 10, 2020 during Disney+ Investor Day 2020, it was announced that Christensen would reprise his role of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader for the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series on Disney+. On October 22, 2021, it was reported that Christensen would also reprise the role for the Disney+ series Ahsoka.

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