If you dig Steampunk and Star Wars, you might get a kick out of this Steampunk Darth Vader Mask we spotted on eBay this week. Pretty impressive, right down to the gear-saturated chest plate!
(C) 2008 R. Stevens — from DieselSweeties.com
Artist R. Stevens dedicates his #1977 numbered strip of “Diesel Sweeties” to a Star Wars debate some of us hold near to our hearts — Why didn’t Chewie get a medal at the end of A New Hope?
Ironically, the girl who loves Wookiees just so happens to be my Diesel Sweeties Doppelgänger! No, really — see for yourself.
Check out the Star Wars debate on Diesel Sweeties.
For anyone who experienced Star Wars in the ‘70s, you’ll remember the custom van was as much a part of the mainstream as disco and shag carpet. And since pop-culture is notorious for cross-pollination (Star Wars disco, anyone?), we got ourselves a lot-full of customized Star Wars vans back in the day. While these were popular for a few years, most were either junked or painted over by the time the Reagan Era rolled in.
But once in a blue moon-roof, one of these anachronistic behemoths of the ‘70s rears its chrome-tipped tailpipes to count itself among the survivors of a lost moment in pop culture history. And as all things eventually reach eBay, one of these rare gems is currently riding a modest bid of just one grand – roof rust and all.
We’re hopeful the winner will decide keep the original Star Wars deco – and that, um, ‘classic’ ‘70s interior. An 8-track quadraphonic looping Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk might be a nice touch, too. Check out the eBay listing here.
The opening credits to Star Wars are already burned into the brains of fans across the galaxy — but we can’t help but love this reimagining of those credits if done by the legendary graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass. His animated fillm intros were used by iconic directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.
Check out these uber-cool Steampunk Star Wars Sketch Cards
from one of our favorite artists — Cynthia Cummens.
The sketch cards were created for a special Sketch Card Gallery Exhibit on March 8, 2008, sponsored for Blue Line for the Comics2Games store in Florence, Kentucky. After the show, the cards will be auctioned on eBay with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. The show is open to all artists.
Artists interested in participating should email Jeremy Bell here for more info about the event.
Check out more of Cynthia’s amazing Star Wars art here on her official site.
Blogger and former Star Wars fan club El Presidente Dustin Roberts films his wife getting the ultimate geektastic gaming mash-up tattoo — Jedi Mario! Dustin writes:
I suggested she use her number one passion Mario Brothers and maybe make Mario a Jedi. Next thing I know she has lined up Randy Martinez to do the artwork!
Be sure to also check out more fun Star Wars tattoo tributes from The Force in the Flesh author Shane Turgeon here:
Shane’s Tattoos and Toys Archive
Artist Eric Poulton continues his Steampunk Star Wars tribute with this rather endearing portrait of Admiral Ackbar as Captain Ackbar complete with a backstory:
A scientific genius with a troubled mind, Captain Ackbar spent much of his life roaming the stars in a ship of his own design. After witnessing his homeworld captured and his people enslaved by the Empire, he gathered a loyal crew and fled into deep space, planning to escape civilization entirely.
Check out more of Eric Poulton’s Steampunk Star Wars tributes here:
Source: Club Jade
Sweden-based artist Mattias Adolfsson creates Baroque-style portraits (think wigs and Steampunk gears with a cartoony twist) of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Sylkwalker, C-3PO and R2-D2, a stormtrooper, and even the Death Star and the AT-AT!