As the countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was then the most anticipated movie of all time, was nearing its conclusion, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed got in on the madness. He released these two Star Wars-themed images, one a Bloom County-fied movie poster and another a variant cover for a Star Wars comic book. If you’re a Breathed/Bloom County fan, you must follow Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County on Facebook.
On Facebook, Breathed explained the comic book cover:
Greetings, arrested adolescent JediBloomers. As long as we’re being happily sucked into this week’s pop culture black hole… here ya go: Recently, the publisher of the Star Wars comic books requested a special “funny” promotional cover in honor of the coming movie. I cooly explained that LucasFilm would never, ever find anything I concocted funny. The comics guys found this idea absurd, nay, impossible — a sweet gentle thought. Below is the instantly-rejected cover art, lovingly referred to in legend as the “Pooper Scooper Trooper” edition… the fastest rejection in licensed comic book history. Ironic frosting: A producer for 1991’s Opus CBS TV Christmas special “A Wish For Wings That Work” was a smart, charming young executive named Kathleen Kennedy. She now runs Lucasfilm Ltd. Opus forgives you, old friend. Just bring us a good story, please. –bb