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Exclusive: The origin of your favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder in first look at Star Wars Icons: Han Solo

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Nov 15, 2018, 11:56 AM EST

Aside from Darth Vader, you could arguably call Han Solo the de facto mascot of the collective Star Wars universe.

After all, Harrison Ford's suave and badass galactic smuggler is everything people in this world strive to be. Well, it's everything we at SYFY WIRE strive to be, at least; we can't speak for the rest of you. Still, who wouldn't want to live a life of swashbuckling adventure and romance? Star-Lord and Malcolm Reynolds would back us up on this.

Lucasfilm and Insight Editions are also aware of just how beloved a pop culture icon Mr. Solo is to the world. That's why they commissioned Gina McIntyre to write the upcoming book Star Wars Icons: Han Solo, a definitive history of the character's creation and execution over the last 40+ years, featuring interviews with George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. AbramsRon Howard, Alden Ehrenreich, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, and more.

"It began with doing a tremendous amount of research — re-watching the Star Wars films, listening to commentary tracks, reading or re-reading important novels and comic books," McIntyre told SYFY WIRE. "I then searched out a lot of archival magazine articles and televised interviews and pored through some of the great books that have been written about the making of the original trilogy and the early days of George Lucas’ career."

Here's the cover for the publication, which doesn't become available until the spring...

Star Wars Icons Han Solo front cover

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Luckily for you, we were able to smuggle a few interior pages out from the under the noses of the Imperial fleet for your viewing pleasure. The first spread we have involves the introduction of Solo's character in the original 1977 movie at the Mos Eisley cantina, his confrontation with Greedo (who shot first?), and the onscreen debut of Jabba the Hutt.

"The most difficult aspect of the project was staying focused on writing while also remaining hyper-aware that I absolutely had to get this right," McIntyre said. "Han Solo means so much to so many people, myself included, and I really wanted the book to be the best tribute to the character I could possibly deliver. There was a pretty profound sense of obligation. But it was also a total labor of love."

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Our second exclusive spread involves the iconic villain Boba Fett, portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch in the original trilogy movies. The instantly recognizable look of the character was designed by Joe Johnston, who would go on to direct Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Our third and final interior offering involves concept art of Han's trusty Corellian starship, the Millennium Falcon, which he won from Lando Calrissian in a game of sabacc.

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"I mean, what’s not to love about Han Solo?" continued the author. "For me, he’s this really electric presence. He’s cool and charismatic and charming, but also reckless and fallible and, at times, wildly exhausting. Of course, beneath the swagger and the bravado, there’s a pretty traditional hero there, one who is fearless and feels an unfailing obligation to those he loves. The tension that exists between his outlaw self-image and who he is at his core, that’s one of the things that makes Han so incredibly compelling."

Star Wars Icons: Han Solo hits shelves and digital marketplaces on April 2, 2019. If you can't wait, you can pre-order a copy from Sideshow here and have it ship before the end of the year.