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Star Wars and sequential art share a long history: Star Wars debuted on the comic-book page in 1977, when Marvel Comics began publishing a six-part adaptation of the first film, which morphed into a monthly comic book. Now, more than three decades later, new series by Dark Horse Comics continue to expand the Star Wars galaxy.    The second book in the Star Wars A Star Wars and sequential art share a long history: Star Wars debuted on the comic-book page in 1977, when Marvel Comics began publishing a six-part adaptation of the first film, which morphed into a monthly comic book. Now, more than three decades later, new series by Dark Horse Comics continue to expand the Star Wars galaxy.    The second book in the Star Wars Art series, Star Wars Art: Comics brings together the very best artwork from the entire history of Star Wars comics publishing, showcasing original art from the top comics artists working in the industry. Hand-selected and curated by George Lucas, the art featured in this volume includes interior pages and fully painted covers from artists such as Al Williamson, Howard Chaykin, Adam Hughes, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Dorman, and many more—as well as new work created exclusively for this book by over 20 renowned artists, including John Cassaday, Sam Kieth, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Frank Quitely, Jim Steranko, and other comics superstars. Star Wars Art: Comics is a tribute to sequential storytelling, a worthy and justly celebrated art form. Praise for Star Wars Art: Comics: “George Lucas has left no medium unused, as this visually arresting compendium proves.”  —Entertainment Weekly


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Star Wars and sequential art share a long history: Star Wars debuted on the comic-book page in 1977, when Marvel Comics began publishing a six-part adaptation of the first film, which morphed into a monthly comic book. Now, more than three decades later, new series by Dark Horse Comics continue to expand the Star Wars galaxy.    The second book in the Star Wars A Star Wars and sequential art share a long history: Star Wars debuted on the comic-book page in 1977, when Marvel Comics began publishing a six-part adaptation of the first film, which morphed into a monthly comic book. Now, more than three decades later, new series by Dark Horse Comics continue to expand the Star Wars galaxy.    The second book in the Star Wars Art series, Star Wars Art: Comics brings together the very best artwork from the entire history of Star Wars comics publishing, showcasing original art from the top comics artists working in the industry. Hand-selected and curated by George Lucas, the art featured in this volume includes interior pages and fully painted covers from artists such as Al Williamson, Howard Chaykin, Adam Hughes, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Dorman, and many more—as well as new work created exclusively for this book by over 20 renowned artists, including John Cassaday, Sam Kieth, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Frank Quitely, Jim Steranko, and other comics superstars. Star Wars Art: Comics is a tribute to sequential storytelling, a worthy and justly celebrated art form. Praise for Star Wars Art: Comics: “George Lucas has left no medium unused, as this visually arresting compendium proves.”  —Entertainment Weekly

30 review for Star Wars Art: Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is an interesting book as much for the concept as for its contents. The world or should I say universe for starters has been around a very long time (its never really gone away) and the material that it has accumulated over the years is pretty impressive to say the least. One of the main stays (along with the books) has been the comic series. Now through the years you have the classic to the frivolous stories told through the comics but one thing has stayed the same and that is the attentio This is an interesting book as much for the concept as for its contents. The world or should I say universe for starters has been around a very long time (its never really gone away) and the material that it has accumulated over the years is pretty impressive to say the least. One of the main stays (along with the books) has been the comic series. Now through the years you have the classic to the frivolous stories told through the comics but one thing has stayed the same and that is the attention to detail. I personally think (and I am sure I will be challenged over this) is that one of the big appeals to Star Wars is the richly envisioned universe the characters reside in. This in turn is reflected in early every aspect of the stories and yes comics being a visual media means that the they too exude that character. So regardless of the artists style or medium they all are easily recognisable as being Star Wars - I do not know many other shared universes that can be so quickly and easily identified. So here you have a celebration of the various artists and the characters they choose to portray. Each entry is distinctly different but you can instantly name who and where they are trying to present. So back to the thoughts of this book - its different there is no doubt of that - some scenes you can place in the time line others are ambiguous. Some of the characters are famous, others are know only to the diehard comic book fan but all add to the rich world of Star Wars and for me just go to show how many more stories there are still to be told out there. - something I will never get bored on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    I spent more time reading the artist bios than I did looking at the art. Seriously, there are more than 60 artists included in a 170 page book full of mostly full-page pieces (with double-sized spreads of insets of some of those same pieces). And much of the art seems to have chosen based on the name strength of the artist rather than any individual merit (Frank Miller is included; his one contribution is a thumbnail-sized ink of a Star Wars comics cover that he co-drew). This feels like the hom I spent more time reading the artist bios than I did looking at the art. Seriously, there are more than 60 artists included in a 170 page book full of mostly full-page pieces (with double-sized spreads of insets of some of those same pieces). And much of the art seems to have chosen based on the name strength of the artist rather than any individual merit (Frank Miller is included; his one contribution is a thumbnail-sized ink of a Star Wars comics cover that he co-drew). This feels like the home version of a name-checking gallery presentation. That's not to say it's horrible - there is some genuinely beautiful art here, and a lot of it was very familiar to me from my history reading Star Wars comics. Some of it is also private commissions, which are nice because they aren't tied down with storytelling requirements. There are a couple pieces that don't seem to belong, looking like generic space-fantasy with no Star Wars elements in them at all. But the majority manages to capture the feel of Star Wars, and you can definitely recognize the styles of many prominent artists throughout the pages. This isn't something you sit down and read - it's a coffee table book to thumb through whenever you want a quick spike of Star Wars inspiration. For that, it's worthwhile. Even if it does feel like it's name-dropping more than focusing on outstanding art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alfred

    Beautiful artwork! Great for collectors!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    Fold-out cartoon versions of SW and only three pages of Jan Duursema's work? This book may be decent at providing a quick exposure to some SW comics artists, but they've skipped over many regular SW comics artists and underrepresented many others. Props to Dave Dorman for some lovely covers, but that's about the only thing for which I can credit this book. What about some of the amazing Tales covers, like this juxtaposition of Vader's helmet looking at C-3PO, our poor Yorick? https://comicvine.gamespot.com/star-w...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Some great pieces of comic book art, especially the pieces by Ken Kelly and Hugh Fleming. However, also includes a lot of mediocre stuff, but can't really complain since it was only a 10 euro pick up. Well worth the money.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    The next book in the SW art series dives in to the vast world of Star Wars comic art. I've been reading comic books since I was a kid, so some of this art was known to me. The process is what is really great, and seeing the art broken down to sketch level and inking level only makes me want more original comic art. Since the establishment of the new canon by Disney (after their acquisition of SW), some of this art is lost in time and can only be found by collectors in in wonderful collectio The next book in the SW art series dives in to the vast world of Star Wars comic art. I've been reading comic books since I was a kid, so some of this art was known to me. The process is what is really great, and seeing the art broken down to sketch level and inking level only makes me want more original comic art. Since the establishment of the new canon by Disney (after their acquisition of SW), some of this art is lost in time and can only be found by collectors in in wonderful collections like these. High recommend, especially if you love Star Wars and/or art.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures on my blog) Star Wars: Comics is an art book that collects the original art that have appeared in the comics since 1977. It's a large hardcover book with 180 pages. Each piece of art is on a page by itself. The artworks are beautiful, big and satisfying to look at. There are pencil works, inked illustration, and full coloured paintings. Lots of great artists are included, like Dave Dorman (who drew this book's cover), Al Williamson, Howard Chaykin, Adam Hug (More pictures on my blog) Star Wars: Comics is an art book that collects the original art that have appeared in the comics since 1977. It's a large hardcover book with 180 pages. Each piece of art is on a page by itself. The artworks are beautiful, big and satisfying to look at. There are pencil works, inked illustration, and full coloured paintings. Lots of great artists are included, like Dave Dorman (who drew this book's cover), Al Williamson, Howard Chaykin, Adam Hughes, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more. The selections includes the cover art for the first Star Wars issue that was published by Marvel in 1977, including its special edition. The variety is quite huge, including webcomics pages as well. Besides the pages and covers, there are also new work created just for this book by artists such as Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Jim Steranko and more. Reproduction is clear and sharp. Many of the pages and covers are drawn on the Dark Horse comic art boards, complete with bleeding lines, sometimes with blue pencils still visible. Some of the complicated scenes are drawn in higher than usual amount of detail, collected in the book to be admired. I think comic artists can be inspired by the high standard of work. There are a few average pieces, but don't really bring down the quality of the book much. The book ends with an interview from 1976, with George Lucas, comic book artist Howard Chaykin and Marvel comic book editor Roy Thomas. The Star Wars film was still in production at the time. The interview discusses how they are going to approach creating the comic. They even talk about whether the comic characters should have likeness to the film actors. Easily recommended to Star Wars fans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trey Piepmeier

    It feels a little odd to review an art book that you don't really "read," but here it is. This book is ostensibly a celebration of Star Wars's representation in comic books throughout the years, but the most interesting pieces were ones that were commissioned just for this book. It's makes no difference when browsing a bunch of awesome images, but it is a little confusing after reading the three(!) introductions (foreword, preface, introduction) where they go on and on about the histo It feels a little odd to review an art book that you don't really "read," but here it is. This book is ostensibly a celebration of Star Wars's representation in comic books throughout the years, but the most interesting pieces were ones that were commissioned just for this book. It's makes no difference when browsing a bunch of awesome images, but it is a little confusing after reading the three(!) introductions (foreword, preface, introduction) where they go on and on about the history of comics and how it relates to Star Wars. While we're on the subjects of the words in this mostly wordless book, I should point out that the dialog between Lucas and the creators of the first Marvel Star Wars comic (which came out before the movie) was a hoot. I loved how they talked about "laser swords" and about how Luke looked "a little soft." Alison got me this book for Christmas last year and I'm just now getting around to reading it. I am slow.

  9. 5 out of 5

    C

    Better than the illustration volume, in my opinion. Not as good as Visions, though. A decent history of SW comics art. Strange that there are so many private commissions, though, as they aren't exactly from comics - even if they are mostly representations of comics style art. I wish the whole volume could have been full of Doug Wheatley's art. The man is amazing. I wish they would give him the chance to do concept design for a live action Star Wars project. Oh, wait. They d Better than the illustration volume, in my opinion. Not as good as Visions, though. A decent history of SW comics art. Strange that there are so many private commissions, though, as they aren't exactly from comics - even if they are mostly representations of comics style art. I wish the whole volume could have been full of Doug Wheatley's art. The man is amazing. I wish they would give him the chance to do concept design for a live action Star Wars project. Oh, wait. They did. And then Lucasfilm wouldn't pony up the money to make it happen.........

  10. 4 out of 5

    Luis Del Aguila

    En lo personal me gusta el arte de los comics y siendo de Star Wars mucho mas. En este libro existen muy buenos ejemplos de comics en este libro pero tambine los hay mediocres y algunos me atreveria a decir pésimos, como hojas en blanco y negro que son bocetos y para colmo de males ni siquiera son dibujos conocidos. pero bueno eso es lo que me incomodó, el hecho que pudieron poner los mejores ejemplos de las portadas o de los proyectos. creo que le faltó un poco por ese lado

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Alexander Henke

    I love comic art, and I love Star Wars, so this was right in my wheelhouse. Has some awesome pieces in it by some really great artists like Adam Hughes, Mike Mignola, Amanda Conner, Frank Quietly and Arthur Adams among others. A lot of it was private commissions I had never seen before, that was a nice bonus.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    Loved this book. Star Wars Comics is the decor of my fiance's game room and we both enjoyed this. I will be honest. I wanted to take some pictures out, but I DID NOT DO IT! I am however, looking to purchase this book for our collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamil

    nice two page Han/Chewie Hoth comic by Paul Pope.

  14. 4 out of 5

    harlequin {Stephanie}

    Breathtaking.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Uliya

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter Williams

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Nogueira

  20. 4 out of 5

    krad

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Monica Rubianes

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michaelshaashoua

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex Torrez

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Bush

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Xu

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lenia Akathiotou

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