MINDCANDY

A weekly rummage in the attic of sci-fi

Now here's a thing of beauty: legendary concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's original production painting for the climax of The Empire Strikes Back. Bested by Vader in a lightsaber duel, Luke Skywalker clings to the underside of Cloud City, his mind suddenly exploding with parental relationship issues. Note that he still has two functioning hands in this vision of the film's final reel showdown...