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Is this an original, first-ever Star Wars poster — and what’s it worth?

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Aug 17, 2020, 11:49 PM EDT (Updated)

Bless the collectors who keep so much stuff that they forget what they even have. Case in point: Ross Turner of Los Angeles, California.

In this week's episode of A&E's What's It Worth?, a series hosted by comedian and collector Jeff Foxworthy about finding hidden treasures in your home, Turner reveals that he's got what he thinks is a 40-year-old, mint teaser poster for Star Wars.

Here's a little history: Back in 1976, Star Wars wasn't even a glint in the populace's eye, so George Lucas needed to gin up some excitement for his coming sci-fi space opera. Because it was an unknown property, Marvel was given the license by Lucas to create a comic series based on the film and its characters. The eventual comic book series would be illustrated by Howard Chaykin, and it was his cover art that became the original Star Wars teaser poster.

So is Turner's discovery an original of the first Star Wars poster ever, as designed by Chaykin? SYFY WIRE has an exclusive clip from tomorrow's episode of What's It Worth? to give us a few more clues:

What's the ultimate worth of such a discovery? The episode will reveal all!

But in the meantime, we've done our own look at the history of Star Wars comics in SYFY WIRE's Behind the Panel series. As you can see below, from that early Chaykin art, the legacy of Star Wars in the sequential art medium remains long and illustrious to this day—  with Marvel still making new stories about a galaxy far, far, away.

New episodes of What’s It Worth? air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

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