Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cover Artist: Arthur Adams on Classic Star Wars: A New Hope #1

Arthur Adams is another artist who contributed a single cover to Dark Horse's Star Wars line.  He is best known for the 1985 mini-series Longshot and his creator owned title Monkeyman and O'Brien.  Extremely popular in the 1980s, Arthur Adams' influences include Michael Golden and Walter Simonson, both Star Wars comic alumni from Marvel's original series.  His stylized artwork is easily recognized and he tends to put a lot of detail into his work.  His females tend to have round faces, pouty lips, and are doe-eyed, another feature of his unique style.

He provides the cover for Classic Star Wars: A New Hope #1, a prestige format comic that contains Marvel's Star Wars #1 - 3.  He was a founding member of the Legends imprint published by Dark Horse comics in 1994, which made him available to Dark Horse for this cover art.

Classic Star Wars: A New Hope #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 1994)
reprints Marvel Star Wars #1 - 3
This Arthur Adams' drawn Star Wars cover is busy.  All the principal characters are shown, with Luke Skywalker front and center and the typical Darth Vader visage in the background.  In addition to showing Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader, we also have Grand Moff Tarkin flanked by Imperial Officers, Greedo, Tusken Raiders, Jawas, and a squad of Stormtroopers.  And if all those characters are not enough, the cover also shows the Death Star, the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters, X-Wing Fighters, and Luke's Landspeeder.  Arthur Adams also managed to squeeze in a star filled background.  I like that he drew pauldrons on the Stormtroopers which identifies them as the Sandtroopers on Tatooine.

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