Illustrated Star Wars Universe (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/9/2
The ultimate book for every Star Wars(r) fan.
Experience the Star Wars universe as never before in this stunning visual journey that carries you to the farthest reaches--and into the deepest mysteries--of George Lucas's cinematic masterpiece. Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary main concept artist for all three Star Wars films, and Kevin J. Anderson, the New York Times bestselling Star Wars author, present the ultimate voyage: a vivid and close-up look at the exotic worlds and remarkable inhabitants of the Star Wars universe.
The breathtaking artwork of McQuarrie and Anderson's delightful text are your guide to eight different Star Wars locales. Here, detailed as never before, are the worlds of Tatooine, the stark desert home planet of Luke Skywalker; Coruscant, the glorious center of the Empire; Dagobah, the swampy world of Yoda; Bespin, site of the famed floating metropolis of Cloud City; Endor, the forest moon sheltering the Ewoks; Hoth, the frozen wasteland and site of a secret Rebel base; Yavin 4, the jungle moon, nearly destroyed by the first Death Star; and Alderaan, Princess Leia's homeworld, cruelly annihilated by the same Death Star. Each world is lavishly illustrated and described by a qualified expert, including scientists, scouts, soldiers, poets, and even Imperial agents. The Illustrated Star Wars Universe is an epic achievement, a visionary treat no Star Wars fan will want to miss--and a true collector's item you'll enjoy for years to come.
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A stunning journey, in words and pictures, to eight of the fantastic worlds in the Star Wars(r) universe.
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Using McQuarrie's production sketches and paintings for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and other Lucasfilm projects (including the Endor-based television specials of the mid-1980s plus preliminary sketches for the 1997 Special Edition updates), Anderson takes readers on a grand tour of the most important planets seen in the Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader half of the Star Wars Saga. Starting with Tatooine, the desert world that is the home world to both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke and ending with Alderaan, the planet where Princess Leia was hidden from her father and was doomed to be destroyed by the Death Star, eight planets are described in individual chapters, each told not by one omniscient narrator but by eight different observers, each with his or her point of view and/or political agenda.
For instance, while the chapter on Tatooine is an anthropologist's dispassionate and scientific report on the desert planet's hostile environment and its hardy inhabitants (ranging from the nomadic and hostile Tusken Raiders and scavenging Jawas to the resilient human moisture farmers and their homesteads), the description of Coruscant, the massive city-planet which was once the seat of power of the Old Republic and is the capital of Emperor Palpatine's Galactic Empire, is a pro-Imperial propaganda article authored by Pollus Hax, the Emperor's chief public relations expert and "spin doctor."
Although much of the artwork featured in The Illustrated Star Wars Universe has been published elsewhere (either in the various Art of Star Wars books relating to the Classic Trilogy or in McQuarrie's Star Wars Portfolios), this combination of production paintings and Anderson's vivid and imaginative text works wonderfully and adds detail and background to both the movies and the post-Episode VI Expanded Universe novels, including Anderson's own JedI Academy trilogy and Darksaber.
The chapters on Alderan and Bespin are particular fascinating and beautiful.
Ralph McQuarrie is awesome illustrator for the Star Wars universe, but someone decided to minimize the importance of his artwork, which should have been the focal point of this book, and add a lot of useless and B.S. back story text based on the plots of each of the movies, instead.
I am not happy about this.
I think the illustrations should have been larger and span the entire spread of the book for each illustration with much less emphasis on text content.
Maybe a 50/50 balance or 60/40 with the artwork getting the higher percentage of emphasis.
I have plenty of Star Wars Art related books that the art IS ALWAYS THE MAIN EMPHASIS AND STAR of these books!
This was NOT the case with this book.
McQuarrie's illustrations are spread across the upper third of this book in a not very complimentary format and the remaining 2/3 of the page is all text which seems to be, somewhat, forgettable and throwaway.
The half-assed Star Wars logotype-like layout of the book doesn't give a lot of class and respect to artwork and illustrator, either.
The book for me is, somewhat, a dissapointment, but I do not own any other Star Wars source that has almost all of McQuarrie's illustrations in one source book.
So, this is really the only plus of having this book as a reference of his works for StarWars.
I just wish this book was more than what it ended up being.
I bought it originally for the incredible artwork, but I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of great information on some of the worlds in Star Wars. The text is written by Kevin J. Anderson, but he did a pretty good job on this book.
Still, the crowning glory of this book is the collection of astounding artwork by Ralph McQuarrie. Lots of full-page color paintings with remarkable detail. McQuarrie is the king of SW art, and this is him at his best!
This is a must have for any Star Wars fan, or even one of great artwork, and would make a great present for any Star Wars fan.
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