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
Based on McQuarrie’s conceptual art, logo first produced as sticker during film production.
Full-color painted concept treatment for The Empire Strikes Back logo, 1979
Black and white concept treatment for The Empire Strikes Back poster, 1979
Black-and-white concept treatment for Revenge of The Jedi (original title of Return of the Jedi) poster, c. 1982
Black-and-white concept treatment for Return of the Jedi style “B” theatrical one-sheet, 1982
Full-color painted concept treatment for Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure style “B” poster, 1984
Final printed artwork for The Phantom Menace poster
Promotional reproduction of original manga artfor Tentomushi Comics, 1999
Black-and-white concept treatment for Revenge of the Sith poster, 2005
“Cruise the Galaxy,” 2011
Limited-edition giclee print for Acme Archives
“Star Wars,” 2010
Limited Edition Mondo Screen Print
Star Wars Art: Posters is available now. Images copyright (C) 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. And TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.