The state of that inside cover?
Autographed by Steve Sansweet (Ex-LucasFilm) Apr 2011
I touch on the Flash Gordon/Star Wars connection, I meet Steve Sansweet - ex-LucasFilm, and my (then) 4 year old son groans during the interminable crawl
"Let's do the Crawl"
The famous 'crawl' - depicted here, doesn't really become any more exciting when crudely drawn in felt-tip pen does it?
My son who also loves Star Wars (he was 4 in 2010), watches the opening crawl with mounting boredom, irritation and finally anguished tears.
"Oh, oh... here it comes!" he says, as one crawling paragraph drags to a finish.
Then another begins, "Ohhhhh! No, not more!" he groans.
I've grown accustomed to skipping it.
Legend has it that George's original intention was that his Sci-Fi film would be a homage to - or even a remake of the Flash Gordon serials he'd watched in the cinema every Saturday as a boy. The scrolling crawl would seem to be directly taken from those 1940s films.
I'm pretty sure that there's no hyphenation on the crawl in the film. But then, being professionals, I expect the crawl people actually planned out the flow of the text.
You know, planned it.
Now I suppose I COULD HAVE lightly sketched it in, in 4H pencil, got it right, marked-in horizontal lines with a ruler, then carefully felt-tipped-in the text and rubbed out the pencil once the felt-tip was dry...
But: nahh. Too much effort! Get the "writing" done, and then it's "space-ship time. Whoo-hoo!"
Meeting Steve Sansweet - 2011
What a nice man he is! you can read more here >
Chapter IV --- STAR WARS.
Wobbly text fills top 2/3 of the page, in emulation of the Opening 'Crawl' of Star Wars. "It is a period of civil war, etc etc."
Below is my youthful interpretation of what the Tantive IV looked like. It's like a cross between the actual ship and an X-Wing! Space is white - as always - with the dull-looking twin-suns in black biro, beside a flaming Tatooine. Tatooine and the Tantive are rendered in colourful felt-tip marker pens.
Steve Sansweet Autograph
Steve Sansweet autographed this one, in the bottom-right corner. He wrote - thoughtfully careful not to go over any of my artwork - the following:
WITH THE FORCE!