Disclaimer: Please keep this as apolitical as possible while still answering the question.

The Dark Horse graphic novel Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal was released 11 years after the more well known, similarly-titled book.

I find it difficult to believe this wasn't an intentional reference. Is there any evidence that this is or isn't the case?

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  • The phrase “the art of the deal” appears to be (weakly) attested before Trump’s book was published in 1987: google.com/… – Adamant Oct 30 '16 at 22:15
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    @Adamant Even if it existed before Trump, the public would likely associate any usage of the term with him significantly. – Rogue Jedi Oct 30 '16 at 22:22
  • Definitely. I haven’t found any confirmation or disconfirmation by anyone associated with the comic of it being associated with Trump, but I’ll keep looking. – Adamant Oct 30 '16 at 22:23
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    Also begs the follow up, if Trump knew about the SW book, did he sue? – Skooba Oct 31 '16 at 11:49
  • @roguejedi See, I'm not sure I would simply take that as a given, unless you already feel like you have the answer. But, assuming that you are genuinely unsure, I'd say that the underlying question is how strong the association was. If it's significant and likely, then the makers of the graphic novel would have likely known it - or been made aware of it by their editors. Given the question, I think you need to assume that a significant association is not a given. – Misha R Jan 18 '18 at 6:34

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