Monday, March 5, 2012
Remembering Ralph McQuarrie
The cast above includes one of the intermediate renditions of Darth Vader as well as the young Dirk/Luke Starkiller/Skywalker. At one point, Han Solo was even more of a major character as you will see below.
In the words of Threepio, "I'm backwards!" I can't bring myself to try this iron on transfer, but I have been happy to see many fine Star Wars t-shirts at Target and through the Thinkgeek catalog. However, I will never look as good as this crew.
In rummaging through my Star Wars collection, I came across another image that carries on the T-shirt theme. This comes from Stephen Sansweet's "Star Wars Scrapbook' The Essential Collection". Interestingly enough, the guy in the logo below is not Dirk Starkiller or Luke Skywaler, it's Han Solo as envisioned by Ralph McQuarrie.
I'll never look this good, either.
This last image seems appropriate. Ralph McQuarrie created special announcements and a beloved series of Christmas cards for the Star Wars empire. He has moved on, but will always be revered among the Star Wars faithful.