Everybody loves the classics. Whether they come in the form of old westerns, crooner tunes, or even 90’s-era branded jukeboxes, nostalgia gives us a sense of comfort and belonging because of its familiarity. So when you mix classic tropes with anything involving Star Wars, there’s little wiggle room for going wrong.
In an all-new series of crossover artworks this exact mash-up is the name of the game: Lando Calrissian graces Prince’s self-titled 1979 album, Han Solo becomes David Bowie, and the ever-cool Nein Nunb represents rapper Eminem.
Artist Steven Lear, a.k.a. WhyTheLongPlayFace, [h/t Collider] shared the series that takes classic shots of Star Wars characters and meshes them with similar poses and aesthetics from some of music’s most timeless album covers. The distinctive mash-ups are actually the artist’s specialty, and Star Wars isn’t the only subject that Lear has explored. Take a look at some of the pieces:
Calling them “Vinyl Mashup Comparisons,” Lear wrote that the Star Wars collection is “Complete… ish” on his Facebook page, and the full set – which contains 97 images so far – is heaven for Star Wars fans who also like classic rock. The only thing missing is a crossover between Luke Skywalker and The Kinks, one of actor Mark Hamill’s favorite bands.
There’s quite a bit of classic rock influence interspersed with some of the best 90’s rap albums, with a bit of ancient indie influence on the side. Among the most notable bits of this set is the fact that John Lennon and Yoko Ono are so often used to represent Han Solo and Princess Leia – both tragic power couples in their own right, to certain degrees.
Lear describes himself as a digital artist who has an “unhealthy obsession” with movies, music, and photoshop – so, he’s been creating these mash-ups for a while. So far, the Star Wars collection contains characters from the prequels and the original trilogy, so it’ll be interesting to see if these last few pieces have their eyes set on Rogue One or the ongoing sequel trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. His full collection is available to view on his website, but for now, there’s no telling where Lear plans on going (film-wise) after his Star Wars collection wraps up.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.