22 Years Ago in TIME

When TIME first put a Star Wars movie on its cover, in 1980, we were just beginning to get hints of the mysteries that lurked behind the menacing mask of DARTH VADER, and of how tough it would be for each new sequel to live up to expectations.

Vader proves a difficult foe to vanquish. That is just as well for the story because the Dark Lord is far more menacing in The Empire than he was in Star Wars, possessed of a mysterious past. There is a hint of a complex personality, and Vader, like all good villains, commands the...

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