Star Wars Art: Posters

Star Wars Art: Posters

Star Wars Art: Posters is a beautiful collection of some amazing Star Wars artwork. With big full page spreads in a nice hardcover binding, this book displays that artwork of some of our favorite Star Wars posters. While the book does not include every Star Wars poster ever made, it has an extensive collection of all of the movie posters as well as promotional, video game, and collectible posters that were offered. Of even more interest are the images of sketches and rough paintings of proposed posters that were never used or just early concepts of some of the most famous posters of the franchise. With 180 pages of artwork, this is a book worth having.

Star Wars Art: Posters is the fifth book in Star Wars Art series. It’s also one of my favorites so far. The artwork for the Star Wars movie posters is a varied array of stunning styles and imagery. Just the first three movies–A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi–present a good sized selection of posters considering each film had more than one. For instance, the initial release had concept treatments by Ralph McQuarrie and John Solie, a promo by Howard Chaykin, a style “A” theatrical one-sheet and half-sheet by Tom Jung, soundtrack album posters by Tom Jung and John Berkey, a style “C” theatrical one-sheet by Tom Chantrell, a style “D” theatrical one-sheet by Charles White III and Drew Struzan, a Polish concept poster by Wojtek Siudmak, an Italian concept poster by Michelangelo Papuzza, a vehicles concept poster by Noriyoshi Ohrai (who quickly became one of my favorite artists as I flipped through the book), and the Japanese film release poster by Noriyoshi Orai. Each of the original films gets that kind of attention. On top of that, there are Coca-Cola posters, the artwork for the novelizations, logos, even poster concepts by unknown artists. It’s an impressive selection.

The layout of the book is mostly by time of creation. It starts with the earliest poster artwork by Ralph McQuarrie in 1975 and goes all the way to promotional posters for the Star Wars Rebels television show. While the bulk of the book focuses on posters for the film releases (including even the Ewok films), there’s a good chunk devoted to more modern pieces like the propaganda and tourism prints. Some of the posters get two page spreads, while most fill up a single page. There are even some gate folds for posters that form a series (like Drew Struzan’s set for all six films). Throughout the book, all the images are large, filling up the pages and presenting the artwork in exquisite detail. Even the cover is adorned with great artwork with different images for front, back, with, and without the dust jacket. Every image includes some info saying who did the piece, the year, and what it was for. There’s also a nice foreword by Drew Struzan and an introduction by Roger Kastel (both artists whose posters are included in the book). The book ends with a collection of short biographies for every artist featured in the book that also includes page numbers for where their work appeared.

Here is the full list of artists featured in the book: John Alvin, Kia Asamiya, John Berkey, Randy Berrett, John Blas, William Brent, Renato Casaro, Tom Chantrell, Howard Chaykin, Cliff Chiang, Amy Beth Christenson, Joe Corroney, Mark Daniels, Craig Drake, Witold Dybowski, Gris Grimly, Tomer Hanuka, Louis C. Hebert, Tibor Helenyi, Adam Hughes, Robert Hunt, Rob Jones, Tom Jung, Roger Kastel, Rich Kelly, Dave Kinsey, Mike Kungl, Ellen Lee, David McMacken, Ralph McQuarrie, Olly Moss, Del Nichols, Noriyoshi Ohrai, Michelangelo Papuzza, Dave Perillo, Tim Reamer, Brian Rood, Mike Sadd, Tsuneo Sanda, Manuel Sanjulian, Kazuhiko Sano, Robert Silvers, Wojtek Siudmak, Todd Slater, John Solie, Mark Steele, Frank Stockton, Tyler Stout, Drew Struzan, Steve Thomas, Boris Vallejo, Tom Whalen and Charles White III.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars art, this is a book worth getting. It’s a great collection and display of some wonderful artwork covering a large span of the franchise and multiple facets of it’s reach. From the films to video games, television and promotional items, it covers a lot of ground. Furthermore, it presents a bit of the history of the first posters made for the films. If you’re wondering what the original posters were and what all the different styles are, then this is a great resource in helping you track down and identify each. The book is presented in a large format, 10-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches, which works great. It’s not too big to be cumbersome (like Star Wars: The Blueprints) and it’s not too small as to make it hard to enjoy the artwork. Really, this is a great balance of all aspects and one of the best books I’ve seen yet in the Star Wars Art series. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

To give you an even better idea of what to expect inside, here is a gallery of the posters included in the book. Please note that this is in no way a complete gallery as there are a ton of posters in Star Wars Art: Posters. This is simply a small selection to give you an idea of the range of artwork therein.

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Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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