The Phantom Menace, starting the Canon prequels, was released in 1999.

Back then, I came across an old SF magazine that described the Extended Universe sequels to the Original Trilogy. Prequels were not mentioned, the article was incomplete (to be continued in the next issue of the magazine).

I wonder if there were EU prequel novels or comic books before the Canon prequels came into existence. How much do they contradict the canon?

PS. I am aware of the non-canon alternative prequel trilogy by David Gremillion (Awakening - Horizons - Hunted), but this was written after the canon prequels, as an alternative, and is not officially canon at all (not EU, considered fan fiction), so this does not count.


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Yes, there are some media from the era prior to the original trilogy, published before The Phantom Menace. I went through the list of Legends media on Wookieepedia and collected the titles of the novels, young readers books, and comics set earlier than 0 BBY and published prior to 1999.














Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any of these books, so I cannot tell if any of the stories has had an influence on the current Canon. But maybe I'll later check out one or two of the most interesting titles...

  • Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (1978) is another one, set between Star Wars & Empire en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splinter_of_the_Mind's_Eye
    – Nick
    Mar 21, 2018 at 19:17
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    @Nick Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the first EU book, but it was not a prequel, since it came out before Empire.
    – Buzz
    Mar 21, 2018 at 23:39
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    The 15 BBY date is listed on numerous Web sites, but it is also clearly wrong for the series of Droids stories involving Mungo Baobab, such as Escape from the Monster Ship: A Droid Adventure. The original Droids cartoon versions of the stories referred to the "new" emperor who had replaced the killed in Return of the Jedi. On the other hand, some of the other Droids stories clearly do take place before A New Hope.
    – Buzz
    Mar 21, 2018 at 23:46

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