These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…. But a certain Mr. Foss might find that one over there familiar… … . March 2, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Uncategorized.
Been re-watching the Star Wars trilogy – the original three that is (though parts of the last of the later ‘first’ three are okay… in part because show me a starship crashing from orbit on film and I’m a happy man). And it seems like good news that JJ. Abrams is going to direct the next three – not least because his Fringe and reboot of Star Trek were so good. Having reworked through Episodes IV and V they hold up remarkably well. And Episode VI? Well, I’ll get back to you after the weekend.
But looking at the original – released in 1977 (gulp, almost forty years ago) something caught my eye.
Though before we get to that let’s contextualise this a bit. Some of you will be familiar with UK artist Chris Foss who, in some respects, defined the look and feel of 1970s and after science fiction art. His approach distinctively broke away from space ships as slender silver needles – albeit 2001 also played a part in that. Instead his designs were of assymetric, colourful, grimy objects that looked as if they were at least slightly related to the industrial as distinct from the antiseptic creations that came previously (though oddly in the age of the ipod that latter approach made something of a return, look at the ships in Wall-E). Small wonder he was brought in for both the earliest abortive effort to make Dune and worked on Alien.
But in relation to Star Wars it is said that this cover below illustrated by him, which predates that film by some distance has been the cause of some angst, in that it has never been acknowledged as a possible influence.
Behold the upper portion of that spacecraft. Somewhat familiar it looks.
Okay, that could be simply a case of coincidence. But what of this? For viewing ST and the part where Luke and his uncle purchase R2D2 and C3PO (and while I’m at it what precisely is the status and rights of AI’s in that universe?) from the Jawa’s there’s a droid down the line that looks like this.
It appears to pop up again later in the film in Mos Eisley.
And consider this cover from Foss, which it appears was produced in or around 1973…
Just sayin’ y’know…