THE ORIGIN OF DARTH VADER
The following are references for a project I am working on.
IMAGE ABOVE THE LORD, HOMELAND, THE LEADER INSTALLATION (Scroll to bottom of blog)
The Lord, The Homeland, The Leader Installation (Strike the Empire Back series) (2009) comprises pencil-on-vellum drawings that, among several narratives, tell the tale of Uday, the oldest son of Saddam Hussein (who was killed in a shootout with American troops in July 2003). An illustration shows that in 1980, when Uday was 15, he accompanied his father to a screening of Star Wars in Baghdad, just prior to the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War. Lucas’ sci-fi classic made an impression on young Uday, much as it did on Rakowitz, who himself was a passionate fan of the space-fantasy saga as a child. In 1995, when Uday was charged with forming the Fedayeen Saddam (“Saddam’s Men of Sacrifice”), he personally designed their helmets and uniforms based on Darth Vader’s outfit. Though the Fedayeen were known to be the fiercest of the Iraqi troops, fighting on long after the rest of Saddam’s military had collapsed after the 2003 invasion, later discoveries indicated that their Star Wars-inspired gear—black shirts, trousers and a ski-mask worn under the Darth Vader-esque helmet, which was actually made from plastic—was not at all ideal for combat.
FROM DURER TO DARTH
STAHLHELM (plural, Stahlhelme) is German for “steel helmet”.
HE’S WATCHING YOU
This striking poster was designed in 1942 by artist Glenn Ernest Grohe (1912 – 1956) for the Office of Emergency Management. It shows the menacing, shadowy figure of a German soldier peering directly at the viewer over a dark wall with contrasting large text: He’s Watching You. This cool caution poster was intended to motivate adherence to the laws and prudence to the wartime rules about secrecy in the industrial sector and the close proximity of enemy eyes and ears.
BEFORE STEAMPUNK: STARWARS 1800’s ROOTS
JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE POWER OF MYTH WITH BILL MOYERS _ STARWARS
ANH PRE-PRODUCTION ART
THE COMPLETE DARTH VADER
The Visual Development of StarWars
The ultimate test of your will 10 HOURS OF THE IMPERIAL MARCH