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!
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.