George Lucas‘s generation-spanning Star Wars epic has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Crossing over to comics, animation, toys, video games, and much, much more, that galaxy far, far away has become a touchstone for fans the world over. Lucas also co-created Indiana Jones and directed the classic film American Graffiti. In 1976, almost a full year before the rest of the world first saw Star Wars, fans at Comic-Con were treated to an exclusive, first-ever panel about the movie. A fan himself, Lucas recognized early on the power of fans everywhere.