How strong is Darth Vader’s grip on humanity? The new book Star Wars: The Complete Vader charts the Dark Lord’s utter domination of Earth’s imagination, showing off rarely seen variations on George Lucas’ antihero, from international movie posters to an Oklahoma butter sculpture.
The picture-packed hardcover, which hit stores Tuesday, assembles a galaxy of artwork and information about sci-fi’s most wicked father figure, blasting us with 192 pages of sketches, photographs and nerd-worthy nuggets of officially vetted Vader lore.
Written by Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur, The Complete Vader also packs an assortment of pull-out facsimile documents enfolded in pocket inserts, including hilariously micromanaged instructions typed on Lucasfilm letterhead that detail exactly how actors should wear the Darth Vader uniform when making personal appearances:
“The pants (with suspenders) go on first, then the shirt and vest. The codpiece is put on next, then the chestplate with straps…. The cape should fall in pleats on either side of the belt buckle, with the light boxes arranged, one on each side of the buckle.”
Lucasfilm’s scrutiny notwithstanding, Darth Vader lends himself to a wild assortment of interpretations. Star Wars’ global impact is represented with wild posters from Japan and Hungary, while Germans weigh in with vivid Vader-themed ice cream bars. The book also collects offbeat Vader-shaped items like a Transformer toy and a functioning hot-air balloon.
See a sampling of Vader variations in The Complete Vader gallery above.
Wired.com is teaming with publisher Random House to give away one copy of Star Wars: The Complete Vader, which retails for $60.
To qualify for the giveaway, check out the Complete Vader gallery above and describe your favorite Darth Vader image in the comments section below.
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Images courtesy Lucasfilm