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Ralph McQuarrie

Image of the day: Ralph McQuarrie's long-lost cover art for The Empire Strikes Back novel
Dec 23, 2015

Dearly departed artist Ralph McQuarrie is a legend, and even though much of his work has obviously been chronicled, he’s still capable of pulling off a few surprises.

Mission Impossible 5 director sets the record straight with impromptu fan Q&A
Mar 9, 2015

Mission Impossible has been an enduring element in the spy-fi genre for the better part of two decades, and the man helming the latest installment promises all those rumors you’ve been hearing aren’t true.

First look at McQuarrie-inspired Force Awakens figure includes intriguing detail
Jan 5, 2015

This first look at a Ralph McQuarrie-inspired collectible from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the perfect mashup of new and old — along with what could be an intriguing story-related detail.

 

New Star Wars: Rebels clip shows off character inspired by original Chewbacca sketches
Aug 22, 2014

Disney XD has rolled out yet another clip from Star Wars: Rebels — giving us our first introduction to Zeb, a character who started out as an unused Chewbacca design.

Legendary Star Wars designer Ralph McQuarrie dead at 82
Dec 17, 2012

The man behind much of the look and style of the original Star Wars trilogy has passed away at the age of 82. Ralph McQuarrie, who also did design work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and several other classic films, died Saturday.

Ralph McQuarrie's long-lost Star Wars art FOUND!
Dec 14, 2012

Without artist Ralph McQuarrie, who helped visualize George Lucas' concepts, Star Wars wouldn't have been Star Wars. Hey, as we told you last year, Darth Vader wouldn't even have had a helmet! And now that a cache of long-lost conceptual art has been found, we're getting to see more of just how big a debt we owe McQuarrie.

The real, incredibly mundane reason Darth Vader wears a mask
Dec 14, 2012

Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer of George Lucas's original Star Wars films, remembers the evolution of the Sith's darkest Dark Lord.