When Star Wars Insider’s December edition arrives, the magazine is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with an exclusive cover and pull-out poster by Howard Chaykin.

The issue take a look at Chaykin’s run on the original Star Wars comic book that he worked on with writer Roy Thomas, and includes a transcript of his meeting with George Lucas.

“I feel that kid who plays Luke is a little soft in the face so I’m going to harden him up a little bit.” said Chaykin. “He’s got a great cleft and that’s fine, but he looks like he’s 16. It’ll make him more heroic in the picture. Han Solo is perfect. He looks like I drew him. He looks my cliché mercenary hero. He looks like [classic comic book hero] Cody Starbuck. Chewbacca will be no problem. Same thing is true of Darth Vader…. He looks like a comic book character—Doctor Doom.“

Chaykin, who drew the first limited-edition Star Wars poster in 1976, has now created a special Empire Strikes Back image exclusively for Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars saga. This limited edition collector’s cover of Insider is only available through comic stores and the large size pull-out poster comes free with the regular Insider newsstand edition.

Star Wars Insider #122 arrives December 14, 2010.

via Star Wars Insider

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  1. Norman
    September 29, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Compared to previous Chaykin work, that’s pretty damn bad. When I say bad, I mean as in terrible.

  2. September 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    That is what we call “Bad Chaykin.” Like Hawkgirl kinda bad. His stuff is SO hit and miss. Too bad – the guy’s a legend and can be a real talent.

  3. Steamblade
    September 30, 2010 at 6:51 am — Reply

    You’d think he’d be able to draw these characters by now.

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