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Published June 6, 2019

Drawing Luke Skywalker with 9 Different 'Star Wars' Artists

Read 'Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker' #1, then see how the Jedi has been visualized throughout the decades!

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Hey, Star Warriors! If you’re anything like us, you’re locked and loaded to check out artist Chris Sprouse’s take on the Rebellion’s greatest hero in this week's Greg Pak-written STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION – LUKE SKYWALKER #1.

Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker (2019) #1

Luke’s a lucky guy, having been illustrated by some of the top comic book artists in the business over the years, stretching all the way back to the classic Marvel Star Wars era of the 1970s and 1980s. With that in mind, we’re going to take a loving look at just a few of the many fine creative people who’ve drawn our favorite Jedi and expanded upon his legend.

Howard Chaykin

Star Wars (1977) #1
STAR WARS (1977) #1 pencils by Howard Chaykin

The very first comic artist to draw Luke, Chaykin joined with writer Roy Thomas on the original adaptation of A New Hope—we used to just call it Star Wars—back in 1977. And it’s a bona fide, one-of-a-kind classic in its own category.

Carmine Infantino

STAR WARS (1977) #37
STAR WARS (1977) #37 pencils by Carmine Infantino

Talk about your legends… Infantino joined the Marvel series on STAR WARS #11 and stayed all the way through ish #37. His pre-Empire Strikes Back Luke—seen above—stands apart from all others, a unique take on the young hero.

Michael Golden

STAR WARS (1977) #38 pencils by Michael Golden
STAR WARS (1977) #38 pencils by Michael Golden

Golden only ever took on the task of delineating Luke for one issue of the original series, in STAR WARS #38, but seek it out of you can—it must be seen to be believed!

Al Williamson

STAR WARS (1977) #39
STAR WARS (1977) #39 pencils by Al Williamson

The popular comic strip artist swooped in to draw the Empire Strikes Back comics adaptation and capture the first real progression of Luke’s appearance since the original film.

Cynthia Martin

STAR WARS (1977) #100 pencils by Cynthia Martin
STAR WARS (1977) #100 pencils by Cynthia Martin

The first woman to draw Luke Skywalker for Marvel, Martin came on board in STAR WARS #100 to help bring Skywalker and his friends’ story to a close in the classic Marvel era several issues later.

John Cassaday

STAR WARS (2015) #1 pencils by John Cassaday
STAR WARS (2015) #1 pencils by John Cassaday

Who better to inaugurate the modern Marvel Star Wars main title than one of the industry’s modern masters? Cassaday’s stunning portrayal of Luke made us all believe the farmboy-turned-warrior had come to life on the printed page in STAR WARS #1.

Stuart Immonen

STAR WARS (2015) #8 pencils by Stuart Immonen
STAR WARS (2015) #8 pencils by Stuart Immonen

And who better to follow Cassaday on the series than another modern master with his own signature style? Immonen joined the Rebellion in STAR WARS #8 and quickly made the series his own, perfectly capturing Luke Skywalker’s handsome, boyish features in his own way.

Mike Deodato

STAR WARS (2015) #13 pencils by Mike Deodato, Jr.
STAR WARS (2015) #13 pencils by Mike Deodato, Jr.

A longtime fan-favorite artist for his work in the Marvel Universe, Deodato jumped into the fray in STAR WARS #13 to accelerate Skywalker into artistic hyperdrive.

Mike Mayhew

STAR WARS (2015) #20 pencils by Mike Mayhew
STAR WARS (2015) #20 pencils by Mike Mayhew

For a truly masterful take on a very young Luke, look no further than Mayhew’s photo-realistic work in STAR WARS #20. Special mention must also be made for the artist’s Herculean efforts on Skywalker in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - THE STORMS OF CRAIT.

Read STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION - LUKE SKYWALKER #1 at your local comic shop now!

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