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Drafting Darth Vader: Early Drawings From Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy

Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO didn’t emerge fully formed from George Lucas’s brain in 1977—he had help from storyboard artists like Alex Tavoularis, Joe Johnston, and Ivan Beddoes. The new book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy collects the early drawings that gave the Star Wars movies their visual inspiration. Click through the gallery ahead to see nascent versions of a pipe-smoking Yoda, young Luke Skywalker, and more.

*This article appeared in the April 21, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.

Photo: Courtesy of Abrams/Lucasfilm