Friday, 16 January 2015

The Star Wars logo: How well do you know it?

The Star Wars logo as
seen in an appealing but
unused poster concept

Last time, I looked at the Star Wars logo, and how a concept created for printed media by designer Suzy Rice ended up being on celluloid.  

I mentioned then how the logo was used in a surprising number of variations, yet remains instantly recognisable.

Here are some examples of just how versatile that text was. Take a look at these various incarnations of the logo, all from 1977-78, and see how if you can identify where they came from.  It helps if you remember the 1970s well. Or are incredibly obsessive.  Or both.  Answers are underneath.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

May the fonts be with you: the history of the Star Wars logo

The first appearance on screen of the Suzy Rice Star Wars logo, as revised by Joe Johston

Its appearance at the very beginning of Star Wars is a great moment in cinema.  But until recently, I had never given any consideration to the origins of the film's famous logo – and it turns out to have a fascinating history.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Looking back at Star Wars Weekly – issue 9

The cover of Star Wars Weekly issue 9, April 5 1978

Our look at Marvel's UK comic, Star Wars Weekly, reaches issue 9 – April 5 1978.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Star Wars on DVD and Blu-ray: will we ever get the unaltered, original theatrical cut?

Han Solo prepares to shoot first in
the 1977 theatrical cut of Star Wars

We've looked at Star Wars on Super 8 and home video. Now it's time for a brief guide to the frustrating history of the original film on DVD and Blu-Ray.