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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Events that occur approximately 4 years after Episode IV: A New Hope.

[Return of the Jedi]

Paperback Novel
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e-Book
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Comic Book Series
Adapted by Archie Goodwin et al. published October 1983 thru January 1984 as Return of the Jedi #1, 2, 3 & 4 by Marvel Comics:

[Return of the Jedi - issue 1][Return of the Jedi - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[Return of the Jedi - issue 3][Return of the Jedi - issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

Republished October & November 1994 as The Empire Strikes Back #1 & 2 by Dark Horse Comics:

[Return of the Jedi - issue 1][Return of the Jedi - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

Comic Book series collected into Graphic
Novel published November 1995
(also published as Star Wars Trilogy box set):

[Return of the Jedi - graphic novel][Star Wars Trilogy box set]

Comic Book series collected into Special Edition Graphic Novel published February 1997
(also published as Star Wars Trilogy box set):

[Return of the Jedi Special Edition - graphic novel][Star Wars Special Edition Trilogy box set]

Comic story is included in:

[Return of the Jedi: Remastered Edition]

Return of the Jedi:
Remastered Edition

[The Original Marvel Years: Omnibus Volume 3]

The Original Marvel Years: Omnibus Volume 3

[Omnibus: The Complete Saga]

Omnibus: The Complete Saga

[Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 4]

Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 4

Comic Book series adapted by Shin-ichi Hiromoto et al. published July thru October 1999 as Return of the Jedi: Manga Edition #1, 2, 3 & 4 by Dark Horse Comics:

[Return of the Jedi (manga) - issue 1][Return of the Jedi (manga) - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[Return of the Jedi (manga) - issue 3][Return of the Jedi (manga) - issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4


e-Comic Book
First published 2011 by Dark Horse Digital.


Radio Dramatisation
Adapted by Brian Daley, first broadcast 1996 on US National Public Radio:

[Return of the Jedi - The Original Radio Drama]

Included in The Complete Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Radio Dramas:

[The Complete Star Wars Triliogy - radio dramatisation]

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Junior Novelisation
Original adaptation by Larry Weinberg
and published in 1996 by RandomHouse
Children's Books.
Special Edition adaptation by Ryder Windham and published in 2004 by Scholastic Books:

[Return of the Jedi Junior Novelisation (2004)]

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Photo Comic Book
First published 2005 by TokyoPop as Cine-Manga (restricted territories), republished in April 2008 by Dark Horse Books:

[Return of the Jedi - Photo Comic Book]

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Return of the Jedi
aka Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
BOOK STORY
James Kahn (Novelisation);
Archie Goodwin (Comic Book adaptation);
Brian Daley (Radio Dramatisation adaptation);
Larry Weinberg (Junior Novelisation adaptation);
Ryder Windham (Junior Novelisation adaptation)
Novelisation first published by Del Rey
Comic adaptation first published by Marvel Comics
Story published as Paperback Novel (1983)
Comic Book Series (1983-1984, 1994)
Radio Dramatisation (1996, 2007)
Junior Novelisation (1996, 2004)
Graphic Novel (1983, 1995, 1997, 2011)
Photo Comic Book (2005, 2008)
e-Book (2011)

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Synopsis:
Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.
Little does Luke know that the Galactic Empire has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.
When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy…


Luke Skywalker and his company have arrived on Tatooine in an attempt to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt's desert palace. First the droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, arrive with a holographic message from Luke pleading Jabba to release Solo, but they end up as slaves. Later Princess Leia Organa (in the guise of bounty hunter Boushh) arrives with "prisoner" Chewbacca to collect the Wookiee's bounty. Jabba sends Chewbacca to the prisons. That night, Leia releases Han from his carbonite coffin, only to be overseen by Jabba, his minions, and now-slave droids. Both Han and Leia are captured; Solo is put in the prison with the Wookiee while Jabba takes Leia as his personal slave girl. To Leia's humiliation, she is then chained by the neck to Jabba's throne.
Luke eventually arrives, coming at dawn to make one final plea to Jabba to release Solo, but Jabba rejects the offer and Luke falls into the Rancor pit. Luke successfully kills the rancor, but he too is captured by Jabba's minions. As punishment, Jabba, using C-3PO as a translator, commands that Luke and his male companions are to be killed (over a course of a thousand years) by the man-eating Sarlacc at the Great Pit of Carkoon.
At the Pit of Carkoon Luke retrieves his lightsaber (hidden inside R2-D2) to battle his captors. Solo, still temporarily blinded from the after effects of carbonization, destroys the jetpack of bounty hunter Boba Fett, sending Fett to his supposed death within the Sarlacc. Meanwhile, Leia strangles Jabba to death with the very chain that binds the two together. Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Lando and C-3P0 depart Tatooine for the rendezvous point where the Rebel Alliance is assembling, while Luke and R2-D2 head for Dagobah to fulfil a promise made some time earlier.
Luke and R2 arrive on Dagobah to find a terminally-ill Yoda. Luke has returned to complete his Jedi training, but Yoda declares no further training is required. All that remains for Luke is to confront Vader. Yoda then reveals that Vader is indeed his father. The 900-year-old Jedi Master gives one last mention of wisdom to the young Jedi before he dies.
Before Luke leaves Dagobah, the spirit form of Kenobi confirms that Vader was once Anakin Skywalker, a former Jedi Knight who turned to the dark side of the Force. Kenobi also reveals that Luke has a twin sister, hidden from Luke at birth as protection from the Emperor. Luke senses that his sister is actually Princess Leia. Kenobi warns Luke to bury his feelings, for they could in time "serve the Emperor."
At the rendezvous point the Rebel Alliance gathers to reveal plans to attack the second Death Star, currently under construction near Endor. As part of the plans, Luke, Leia, Solo, and a strike team must penetrate the shield generator bunker on the fourth moon of Endor in order to deactivate the Death Star's protective shield if the Rebel fleet is to attack the Death Star.
Upon their arrival on Endor the strike team is discovered by scout troopers. While trying to prevent the Imperials from communicating the rebels presence, Leia is lost in the forest where she encounters one of the native inhabitants, Ewoks.
Meanwhile Luke, Han, Chewbacca and the droids try to find Leia but fall into a booby trap set by the Ewoks. The Ewoks proclaim C-3P0 as a god but when Leia arrives the Ewoks are convinced to free their prisoners and assist the rebels in destroying the Imperial shield generator.
Luke has decided that the time has come to leave Endor and face Darth Vader, but not before he tells Leia. Leia is utterly speechless and shocked, but is comforted by Solo. Luke surrenders to the Imperial garrison and is taken to Vader and the Emperor on the Death Star. Luke's attempts to bring Vader out from the Dark Side fail as both the Rebel fleet, emerging from Hyperspace, and the rebel strike team on the Endor moon have walked into a trap conspired by the Emperor himself: the Death Star is fully operational and his best regiment are guarding the shield generator bunker.
On the forest moon, Han, Leia, Chewbacca and the rebel strike team are captured by the Imperial garrison but the droids and Ewoks orchestrate a rescue with an all-out attack on the Imperials. Eventually, the rebel strike team gain access to the bunker and destroy the shield generator.
In space, the rebel fleet is forced to move closer to the Imperial Star Destroyer fleet as the Death Star's primary weapon begins to assert severe damage to the rebel fleet. Lando and Wedge Antilles lead the attack on the Death Star in the Millennium Falcon and a X-Wing.
On the Death Star, Luke, goaded by the Emperor, lashes out with his lightsaber only for it to be deflected by Darth Vader, and thus the final duel between father and son begins. The duel is ferocious with Luke eventually cutting of Vader's mechanical right hand. With Vader defeated the Emperor orders Luke to kill Vader. Angered by Luke's refusal to do his bidding, the Emperor strikes Luke down with Force lightning. As Luke begins to succumb to the pain he calls to his father for help. In his final act Vader redeems himself by hurling the Emperor into a reactor shaft, thus destroying the Emperor. Vader's last words to Luke, as he lay dying in his son's arms, was that he was proud of Luke and that Luke was the man he once wanted to be.
Meanwhile, with the protective shield now down, the Millennium Falcon and Wedge's X-Wing enter the bowels of the Death Star and fire missiles at its main reactor beginning a chain reaction that will destroy the Death Star. Luke commandeers a shuttle to escape the doomed Death Star taking the body of his dead father.
Seeing the destruction of the Death Star from the forest moon, Han senses Leia's love for Luke. He offers to step aside when Luke arrives, but she tells Han that Luke is her brother.
That evening Luke sets a funeral pyre ablaze to burn the body of his father and catches sight of the spirit figures of Ben Kenobi, Yoda and the redeemed Anakin Skywalker. Leia takes Luke by the hand and they rejoin their friends and colleagues as the spirits continue to look on with pride.

Synopsis abridged from Wookieepedia entry.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 4 years after Episode IV: A New Hope.
NB: This story's novelisations and adaptations form part of the Star Wars Saga* only in so far as events depicted within the story match those seen on screen, the rest of the story is considered Legends.

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