For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi - as well as never-before-published art from cut and deleted scenes. From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode IV boards by Roy Carnon and Ralph McQuarrie's art for Episode V.
J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Joe Johnston served as a storyboard and concept artist on the original Star Wars trilogy. He has since directed The Rocketeer, Jumanji and Captain America: The First Avenger.