Darth Vader is many things: iconic villain, tragic figure, ambiguously Jewish Sith lord. But back when Star Wars opened, Darth was nothing but — as The San Francisco Chronicle put it — a run-of-the-mill "star creature" and "metallic creature." For more fun with Darth Vader and local papers, see the time David Prowse accidentally spoiled the ending to The Empire Strikes Back.

[Via Laughing Squid]