costume project inspired by Star Wars: Dark Empire
character designed by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy
costume created and modeled by Thomas J. Spanos
Saturday, 11 June, 2011 13:50
• appearances and accolades; [click here]
• 2006 photo set;
• early costume tests and 2002 photo set;
• holocron and original lightsabre;
• costume design and progress art;
The Clone Emperor—The Emperor Reborn!
Emperor Palpatine, the public persona of Darth Sidious, made preparations to continue his rule after the death of his body. Buttressed with the plundered knowledge of the Jedi and Sith combined, the Emperor was able to transfer his life force into specially prepared clones of himself.
My First Sith Lord
This was my foray into advanced costuming and prop making. The experience was so exhilarating that I have been creating ever more challenging suits ever since. Recently, and to my great delight, my portrayal of The Clone Emperor has been used as reference for a handful of official Star Wars products. This in turn inspired me to redesign this gallery and to update the project.
select character references (currently being reviewed for accuracy)
13. Star Wars Galaxy Series 6, Topps Trading Cards, 2010 A B C D E F G H I J K L
12. Star Wars Galaxy Series 5, Topps Trading Cards, 2010 A B
11. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, LucasBooks, 2009
10. Star Wars Galaxy Series 4, Topps Trading Cards, 2009
09. Dark Empire II, Comic Two-Pack action figure, Hasbro Toy, 2008
08. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, Del Rey, 2007
07. Star Wars Insider Issue 83, “20 Most Memorable Moments of the Expanded Universe,” 2005
06. Star Wars Handbook Volume 3, Dark Empire, Dark Horse Comics, 2000
05. Power of the Force 2: Expanded Universe action figure, Hasbro Toy, 1998
04. Star Wars: Empire’s End, Dark Horse Comics, 1996
03. Star Wars: Dark Empire II, Dark Horse Comics, 1994
02. Star Wars: Dark Empire Sourcebook, West End Games, 1993
01. Star Wars: Dark Empire, Dark Horse Comics, 1991
1. The Flagship Eclipse–The 501st’s Expanded Universe costuming discussion boards
2. David Dorman–Star Wars illustrator and cover artist for Dark Empire
3. Joe Corroney–Star Wars illustrator
4. Chris Trevas–Star Wars illustrator
5. Art Grafunkel–Star Wars illustrator
6. Dark Horse Comics–epicentre of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
7. Ultra Sabers–producers of fine custom lightsabres
All images and graphics created by Thomas J. Spanos unless otherwise credited.
Reborn once more!