George Lucas

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Name: George Lucas
Also Known As: fans in Jundland Wastes and Southern Enclave sometimes referred to him as "Papa Lucas, Poppa Lucas," "Uncle Lucas," and "Father Lucas"
Occupation: writer, director
Medium: film
Works: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Strange Magic and other films
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See: TPTB's Involvement and Interference, Lucasfilm.
See: Open Letter to Star Wars Zine Publishers by Maureen Garrett.

George Lucas is a film writer and director most known for Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies.

from 1983 in Crossed Sabers #3, artist is Lin Stack

By default of Star Wars material, Lucas was constantly jossing his fans, something that may have added interest to that fandom, but was also extremely frustrating.

His relationship to fans was much more distant, hands-off, and sometimes downright hostile than Gene Roddenberry, the creator many fans may have wished he was more similar to. One fan writes: "Lucas doesn't do as much for fans as the creator of Star Trek and there is a difference... This difference, I believe, can make or break a fandom. ST fandom has grown over the years due to respect between the fans and the show's creator. I'm not saying that ST fandom wouldn't still be here if Mr. Roddenberry despised us, but it wouldn't be the same, and ST fandom is appreciated. I've never heard ANY fan write or say disparaging remarks about Roddenberry. Respect breeds respect. It really is that simple." [1]

From one fan in 1984: "I know that he gives plenty of money to charity and he is building new studios to teach new, young cinema artists, but as far as the movie FANS are concerned, he could care less. Sure, he's allowed a SW Fan Club which may occasionally sell us such things as posters at premium prices but BIG DEAL!. WE have have been paying who knows how many millions of dollars to see GL's movies over and over and over, yet he won't allow Star Wars at conventions, none of the stars of the movies have ever been to a convention as a guest speaker, GL has never been to a convention as a guest speaker, and an attempt was even made a few years ago to control the type of material we would be allowed to print in our fanzines! (an attempt that failed, by the way). Is this the thanks we fans get for giving him some of the money he uses for charities and studios? I will continue being a SW fan, writing SW stories, and reading and buying SW material, but I will continue to do so because of my interest in the SW universe, NOT its creator." [2]

Other fans were more forgiving. In 1985, some fans started a fan club and newsletter, The George Lucas Appreciation & Admiration Society. "'The George Lucas Appreciation & Admiration Society' is dedicated to George and George alone. The newsletter is a place for all to voice their opinion, react to another's opinion, display artwork, comics, and the like. Yet, in no way will it be a place for digression to a level of gossip and smut. George has done so much for us; let's all appreciate him together." [3]

Further Reading/Metaa


  1. from Comlink #19/20
  2. from Comlink #19/20
  3. from an ad in Universal Translator #26