The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages

Star Wars is known for its amazing imagery, from the Death Star to the droids. And over the years, Star Wars has spawned some amazing concept art and some glorious posters. But for our money, some of the coolest Star Wars art has come from the books.

A new book, Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion, presents a treasury of new Star Wars art, along with a ton of details about the insanely complicated Expanded Universe and the role of the novels in it. Check out an exclusive gallery of artworks below!

Update: An earlier version of this article stated these images were book covers. In fact, they're brand new artworks created for the Reader's Companion. In fact, as editor Jen Heddle tells us, "there are lots of characters/scenes in there that have never been depicted before this volume."

Here's more details about Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion, coming in early October:

Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion spans the entire galaxy of published Star Wars fiction-movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, and young adult titles. It features:

• A concise synopsis of each story, including key characters and planets
• Exclusive behind-the-scenes facts and anecdotes about authors, plot and character development, continuity notes, and significance in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
• Details on which novels are linked to Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel
• A chronological listing of titles, spanning the 25,000-year history of the Star Wars universe and placing each story in its proper context
• More than one hundred and fifty full-color original paintings throughout by some of the most celebrated Star Wars artists

Check out some more artwork below!

The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages

001b: Artist Jeff Carlisle's homage to Ralph McQuarrie's original cover art for the 1976 first edition movie novelization, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker.


The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages002: A scene from the book Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories - Adari Vaal, atop her flying uvak, spots the half brothers Yaru and Devore Korsin fighting near the crash site of the Sith vessel Omen. (Painting by Darren Tan)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages029: A scene from the novel Star Wars: The Clone Wars: No Prisoners - In the rubble-strewn streets of JanFathal stand Callista Masana, Clone Captain Rex, and Ahsoka Tano ready for action. (Painting by Jeff Carlisle)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages046: A scene from the novel Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - In the wilds of Felucia, Starkiller blasts Maris Brood and a tamed rancor with the power of the Force. (Painting by Chris Scalf)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in AgesA scene from the novel Star Wars: Shadow Games - Dash Rendar, Eaden Vrill, Han Solo, and Javul Charn try to avoid the deadly Anomid killer known as Edge. (Painting by Chris Scalf)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages052: A scene from the short story "We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale" - Violence and chaos erupt at the wedding of Lady Valarian, and the members of the Modal Nodes band attempt to escape unscathed. (Painting by Chris Scalf)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages062: A scene from the novel Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - On Dagobah, Luke Skywalker trains against seeker remotes under the stern instructions of Jedi Master Yoda. (Painting by Jeff Carlisle)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages068: A scene from the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy of novels - Boba Fett confers with Kud'ar Mub'at, the well-informed Assembler. (Painting by Chris Scalf)
The Most Thrilling Star Wars Art We've Seen in Ages087: A scene from the short story "The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett" - Han Solo and Boba Fett point blasters at each other in a tense standoff on Jubilar. (Painting by Chris Trevas)