Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

There’s nothing like seeing the working versions of a soon-to-be-iconic pop culture artifact — that fascination with process is at the root of our love for studio music bootlegs, handwritten writing drafts, deleted movie scenes, and the like. The promotional images for the Star Wars movies unquestionably hold a hallowed place in film and cultural history, and they’re all beautifully reproduced in Star Wars Art: Posters, the fifth and final volume in the George Lucas-curated series. But even better are the initial pencil sketches and work-in-progress drafts of those images that fill in the gaps. Lucasfilm and publisher Abrams Books were kind enough to share a few of those rough drafts with us, along with some additional bits of alternate poster lore; check them all out after the jump.

Full-color painted concept treatment for early 'Star Wars' logo, 1975

Ralph McQuarrie
Full-color painted concept treatment for early Star Wars logo, 1975
Based on McQuarrie’s conceptual art, logo first produced as sticker during film production.