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31 Monsters #4: Space Slug

October 4th, 2009

It may very well have been the biggest monster ever, yet it was little more than a throwaway gag. For The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas needed two things: a place for Han Solo and Princess Leia to hide, and a reason for them to leave. Hello, space slug!

Fleeing the Imperial starfleet, our heroes parked their starship in an asteroid cave that turned out to be surprisingly moist. And squishy. And lined with teeth.

It wasn’t until the Millennium Falcon soared out of the mouth of the “collapsing” tunnel that the true nature of the temporary haven was revealed: it was the gullet of a gargantuan beast!

It’s no secret that I’ve always loved giant monsters, and so it was that back in 1980 I was absolutely fascinated by the space slug. According to Star Wars lore it was 900 meters in length, which meant it could gulp down Godzilla whole and still have room for Rodan and King Ghidorah.

I commemorated the scene that year via birthday cake. A puzzled local bakery was asked to reproduce my space slug sketch in frosting. Now that I think back on it, that was kinda odd.

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