The Force (Star Wars zine)
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The Force is a Star Wars zine. It ran for four issues and is non-fiction. It is the second Star Wars zine ever published.
The Force 1 was published in June 1977 and contains 7 pages.
Yes, gang, a Star Wars fanzine, and this one touts itself to be the first SW zine to appear with it's first issue to appear back in July. Actually, to look at it, it's a bit overdone for my tastes. It is laid out much like a pro or semi-pro zine, done up with typeset columns, press-type titles, and a contents section that says: "Editor/Founder Victor Koman blasts, the critics of STAR WARS spacecraft maneuvering by dropping a few pronoun torpedos into the shaft of their arguments; all on page 2." Sounds like a cover blurb for the National Enquirer ... and even worse, the aforementioned article on page 2 was only 2 paragraphs long. A bit of overhype I think, to cover for the fact Ithat editor Korman probably doesn't have much in the way of articles or submissions, or else just can't afford to print more than two 11 x 17 sheets and keep prices down. There are a good selection of reprinted photos inside, which you rarely see in Trek zines, even offset ones, but the artwork is only so-so. Perhaps with time, the editor will.find a little more meat to put into his fanzine, until then it remains full of potential but still a bit skimpy. 
The Force 2 was published in 1977.
The Force 3 was published in 1978.
The Force 4 was published in 1978.
Its Place in Star Wars Zine History
- Hyper Space (fiction and non-fiction) ties with The Force (non-fiction) as the first Star Wars zines published (both June 1977)
- Warped Space #28 published the first Star Wars story in a multimedia zine in August 1977
- Moonbeam #3 (fiction)   and the letterzine, Alderaan, were both published in February 1978
- Against the Sith (fiction and non-fiction) and Skywalker (fiction) were published in April 1978
- from Star Trek #34
- The editor of "Moonbeam" says: "I believed for almost 30 years that it was in fact the first primarily Star Wars fiction fanzine, but I recently learned that Skywalker, the exceptional Star Wars zine edited by Bev Clark, was in fact first by a couple of weeks. Ah well. I was still one of the first, and probably the first on the East Coast..." Main Moonbeam Page; WebCite.
- Actually, according to the dates on the zines themselves, "Moonbeam" was first; perhaps there was an understood wiggle-room with the distribution?