The Man Behind the Covers - Joe Corroney, Star Wars Artist
Ever wander down the aisles at Barnes & Noble and wonder who draws the covers for all of those Star Wars books? Turns out Joe Corroney does. I could blather on, but just read the credits from his bio:
Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Other comic books he’s illustrated include GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing, Buckaroo Banzai,Kolchak The Night Stalker and The Phantom for Moonstone Books and Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics. Currently, he’s providing cover art for IDW’s new Star Trek series and BOOM! Studios’ new Farscape comic books, developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.
Some of the other licenses and professional publishers he has illustrated for are DC Comics, Hasbro, The Lord of the Rings, Heroes, Wizards of the Coast, XBox, Dragon Magazine, Sony Picture’s Men In Black, Xena: Warrior Princess, ThunderBirds: The Movie, IDG Entertainment, Rittenhouse Archives, Paizo Publishing, White Wolf Publishing, Cinemagraphix, Last Unicorn Games, West End Games, Image Comics, Blue Line Pro, and Microsoft’s Age of Empires collectible card game.
I was an art major my freshman year in college, mainly so I could become a comic book artist. It didn’t pan out – I wasn’t talented enough or, umm, “different” enough for an art major – but I still appreciate artists doing their craft for comics.
But I came across Joe’s art when I found the Star Wars propaganda poster pictured above somewhere on the intertubes. Like that one? Check these out:
Those are just two of his awesome prints, and guess what – you can buy them too. If you ask me, I think these would be perfect for an office or living room, because they’re different enough to be considered mainstream art, but you still support your cause – Rebel or Sith – at the same time. Interested? Head over to his site and check out his wares, including G.I.Joe, Indiana Jones and more.