There is a great video on YouTube that pairs scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy with frames drawn by French science fiction comic artists during the 1970's. It was a time of great creative achievement that led to many of the classics we know today, including Blade Runner, The Matrix, and Neuromancer. The world was taking its second and third steps into a new era of globalization - the cold war was getting colder, the bar code was invented, men were waking on the moon - and these artists were pushing their minds to imagine what a future human existence might look like when these developments reach their extremes.
When I showed my friend this video he was disappointed because he felt it pulled the curtain on his favorite series. Personally though, I like that Star Wars is actually a montage of other stories, and think that's part of the reason why some scenes seem so mythological, so iconic. There are other galaxies, longer ago and farther away, with other heroes and other villains, that collectively form this mosiac universe.
If you're interested, look up, What Star Wars Owes to French Artists, or something like that, on YouTube. Cheers. *
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