Star Draws Star Wars ex­pert JW Rin­zler talks posters

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Like the gor­geous posters above? They’re but two of the many ab­stract and lovely beau­ties on dis­play in the fifth – and re­port­edly fi­nal – Star Wars Art book, Posters. From early- doors Ralph McQuar­rie con­cept pieces to “pro­pa­ganda” pro­mos for Rebels it­self, the vol­ume gath­ers four decades’ worth of in­ter­ga­lac­tic wall art. There’s plenty to en­joy, in­clud­ing the one- sheet that started Drew Struzan’s long- stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with the saga: the fake- weath­ered 1978 so- called “Cir­cus” de­sign ( pro­duced with Charlie White II). “That’s George Lu­cas’s favourite,” re­veals ed­i­tor/ all- round SW au­thor­ity JW Rin­zler. “The orig­i­nal’s hang­ing in Sky­walker Ranch, in per­fect con­di­tion.”

Rin­zler’s favourite is Tom Jung’s first iconic ef­fort ( you know the one: Luke’s chest, Leia’s thighs, pop- eyed Three­pio). “My sec­ond day here I had a meet­ing in the of­fice where the orig­i­nal was hang­ing… the whole meet­ing, I couldn’t fo­cus!”

And the most off- the- wall? “That Pol­ish poster [ for Re­turn Of The Jedi] with Darth Vader’s head ex­plod­ing,” he laughs. “It’s hard to beat that one.”

Vader’s ( un­ex­ploded) bonce, he ac­knowl­edges, helped de­fine the clas­sic “peo­ple in the fore­ground, big head in the back­ground” Star Wars style – a style whose in­flu­ence spread across the cin­e­matic galaxy. “Back in the day, posters were almost all painted,” he sighs. “I find it kind of sad that you go to cin­e­mas now and it’s just photographs. Some­times the most bor­ing pic­tures imag­in­able.” Star Wars Art: Posters by Drew Struzan and Roger Kas­tel, from Abrams Books, RRP £ 25, is avail­able to SFX read­ers at the spe­cial rate of £ 20, FREE P& P in the UK ( in­ter­na­tional P& P charges will ap­ply). To or­der please call 01903 828503 and quote ref 50499.

Pin on your wall and gaze in won­der.

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