Star Wars: The Complete Vader – a 192-page tome that explores the history, costume, merchandise and cultural impact of cinema’s most iconic villain — finally hits the street October 18th, and we’ve got the low-down on this all-things-Vader tribute directly from authors Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur (click here for a preview of several spreads from The Complete Vader).
Who conceived The Complete Vader, and when did you begin working on it?
Ryder Windham: Kjersti Egerdahl, an associate editor at becker&mayer!, first contacted me about the project in the fall of 2007. I eventually learned that the idea for a big non-fiction book about Darth Vader came from J. W. Rinzler at Lucasfilm, who conceived it as a natural follow-up to becker&mayer!’s previous project, The Star Wars Vault by Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur. After talking with Kjersti, I realized how much I wanted a Darth Vader “coffee-table book” of my own, so the opportunity to write the book was quite a thrill. Because I’m not an expert on Star Wars merchandise, I knew the book needed a co-author. I was both glad and relieved when I found out Pete Vilmur had signed on.