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Star Wars Art: Comics (Star Wars Art Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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It's a large hardcover book with 180 pages. Each piece of art is on a page by itself. The artworks are beautiful, big and satisfying to look at. There are pencil works, inked illustration, and full coloured paintings.
Lots of great artists are included, like Dave Dorman (who drew this book's cover), Al Williamson, Howard Chaykin, Adam Hughes, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more.
The selections includes the cover art for the first Star Wars issue that was published by Marvel in 1977, including its special edition. The variety is quite huge, including webcomics pages as well. Besides the pages and covers, there are also new work created just for this book by artists such as Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Jim Steranko and more.
Reproduction is clear and sharp. Many of the pages and covers are drawn on the Dark Horse comic art boards, complete with bleeding lines, sometimes with blue pencils still visible. Some of the complicated scenes are drawn in higher than usual amount of detail, collected in the book to be admired. I think comic artists can be inspired by the high standard of work. There are a few average pieces, but don't really bring down the quality of the book much.
The book ends with an interview from 1976, with George Lucas, comic book artist Howard Chaykin and Marvel comic book editor Roy Thomas. The Star Wars film was still in production at the time. The interview discusses how they are going to approach creating the comic. They even talk about whether the comic characters should have likeness to the film actors.
Easily recommended to Star Wars fans.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Thanks in no small part to the comic book medium, fans of the Star Wars films have had the happy opportunity to further explore the many worlds of the Star Wars galaxy for as long as the movies have enchanted audiences over the past three decades. In fact, it was in comic book form that the mythic adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends first expanded beyond the threatrical screen (In Marvel Comics' Star Wars #7, to be exact; starring Han Solo and Chewbacca in a story called "New Planets, New Perils!" writen by Roy Thomas, and drawn by Howard Chaykin and Frank Springer, published in 1978, for you Star Wars trivia fans!) Star Wars in comic book form has come a long way since Mr. Lucas' first dazzled and delighted moviegoers in the summer of 1997. "Star Wars Art: Comics" offers the reader an introduction to the vast contribution talented artists have created as they envisioned the "galaxy far, far away" of filmmaker George Lucas.
This artbook reproduces a wide canvass of great comic art from such gifted creators as the above mentioned Howard Chaykin (who pencilled the first 6 Star Wars comics which adapted "A New Hope" before it was given that subtitle), Tom Palmer, Ron Frenz, Paul Gulacy, P. Craig Russell, Dave Dorman, Ken Kelly, Hugh Fleming, and other artists of stellar creative caliber. For this reviewer and comic fan, special mention must be given to the late great Al Williamson, who drew some of the greatest Star Wars illustrations for comics, beginning with his classic contribution to Marvel Comics' adaptation of "The Empire Strikes Back" movie (Issues #39-44), along with writer Archie Goodwin, and inker Carlos Garzon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really great book, awesome pictures!! highly recommended for any star wars fan or comic fan!!Published 8 months ago by domenique
Eh, most of the art is on the net so its not really a great buy. And some of the "comics" are actually screen layouts for the movie...which are not comics.Published 15 months ago by Lastgiantrobot
Amazing artwork on display. Most reprinted from comic books but a good handful of pieces commissioned and never seen before. A good fit to any Star Wars collection.Published 19 months ago by Ben Scott
So beautiful. A great coffee table book! And since there are no words to this book we are using it as a unique guest book for our geek themed wedding!Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not exactly what I thought it would be. I'm very much into art, but there really wasn't that much art in this book.Published on November 19, 2013 by K. M. Koepke
i love becuase its adifferent and details for all draws and about comic and its perfect for my starwars book collectionPublished on September 26, 2013 by alvaro1987
Again, this was on my son's Christmas wish list. He makes it very easy when he just looks up things and sends me an email.Published on March 26, 2013 by Barbara E Sauceda
This book is the weakiest of the series.
Although the presentation is great , there are some draws that doesn't make it up to be on the book. Read more
Fantastic art. If you love comics, Star Wars, or both, you should be happy with what you find inside. Good purchase.Published on January 28, 2013 by Adam