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Wonderful book, woeful quality control
on 27 January 2012
Five stars for the art and the artist, Drew Struzan's art is beautifully showcased in this book.
Zero stars however for quality control. Don't get me wrong this is a wonderful book, full of wonderful well reproduced art on decent paper, that brings back many fond memories. But someone dropped the proverbial ball when it came to quality control, because the 16 first pages are missing in the print I received. In their place are duplicates of pages 17 to 32. So no forward by George Lucas and only the last page of what I assume is the introduction are present. Well done Titan Books!
The only other issue I have with the book is the way the art has been captioned, or rather the way it hasn't. Rather than have the art captions on the actual art or at the beginning or end of the appropriate chapters Titan Books have shoe-horned into the end of the book, almost as if they were an after-thought. This then requires the reader to flip to the back of the book every time he or she wishes to check the details of a unfamiliar piece of art. The above gripe is my personal opinion, some my like the captions being placed at the back of the book, I didn't.
Again this is a lovely book spoilt by very poor quality control. Which unfortunately because of the above mentioned problem I would caution against buying, at least until the problem with the first 16 pages is corrected. In its current state the book, or at least the copy I received is as a whole disappointing, 2 stars only.