Sunday, 29 October 2017
'STAR WARS' AT 40: A STAR IS GONE, A HERO IS BORN!
The power and technological might wielded by the Empire ultimately proves no match for the powers of the Force and the heroic, instinct-using talents of a young farmboy from Tatooine, delivering the torpedoes that ultimately lead to the chain reaction destruction of the Death Star battle station, just as it was about to extinguish his friends lives on Yavin IV.
No disrespect intended whatsoever to Richard Edlund and ILM from back in the day, but this artistic visual explosion rendering is surely more striking to behold than the one seen in the finished film. The art, originally from Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha for the MARVEL STAR WARS US comic Issue 6 (1977), may even have subconsciously influenced the decision by Lucas to add on explosive detonation rings to both Death Star explosions and the destruction of Alderaan for the later Special Edition visual effects upgrades of 1997.