Artist Spotlight: Dave Dorman

This week’s spotlight is on Dave Dorman, an artist originally from Michigan.  Dave’s been drawing for Star Wars since the dawn of the modern Expanded Universe, being the cover artist for Dark Empire.  While probably most famous for his comic and book covers from the 1990’s, Dave has also done some truly excellent prints for several Celebrations, and is still doing comic covers here and there.  His covers for Crimson Empire, a personal favorite of mine, are among the most iconic from the Dark Horse era.  I grabbed a few images from his website, but most I grabbed from Wookieepedia.

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Cover to Crimson Empire 1

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Cover to Crimson Empire 2

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Cover to Crimson Empire 3.  Also used as the cover to Star Wars Art: Comics.

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Cover to Crimson Empire 4

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Cover to Crimson Empire 5

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Cover to Crimson Empire 6

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Cover to Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood 4

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Cover to Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood 5

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Cover to Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 1

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Cover to Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 2

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Cover to Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 6

Handbook Crimson Empire Cover

Cover to Handbook: Crimson Empire

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Cover to Dark Empire Omnibus

SW DE Issue 2 Cover

Cover to Dark Empire 2

SW DE Issue 5 Cover

Cover to Dark Empire 5

SWDE Issue 6 Cover

Cover to Dark Empire 6

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Cover to Dark Empire II 1

SW DE2 Issue 2 Cover

Cover to Dark Empire II 2

SW DE2 Issue 4 Cover

Cover to Dark Empire II 4

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Cover to Empire’s End 2

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Cover to Darth Maul: Death Sentence 2

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Cover to Darth Maul: Death Sentence 4

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Cover to Tales of the Jedi 1

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Detail of cover to Tales of the Jedi 3

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Cover to Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising 1

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Cover to the Revenge of the Sith 1

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Cover to X-Wing: Rogue Squadron 1

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Cover to X-Wing: Rogue Squadron 2

Star's End 1997

Cover to the 1997 reissue of Han Solo at Star’s End.  I tried to find a version without the text, but couldn’t find one with good enough resolution.  Sorry.

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Cover to Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force

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Cover to Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers

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Cover to Young Jedi Knights:Jedi Under Siege

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Jan Ors and Kyle Katarn, from Dark Forces: Jedi Knight.

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The Moldy Crow, from Dark Forces: Jedi Knight.

Tarkin Star Wars Galaxy Series 3

Grand Moff Tarken and Admiral Daala, created for Topps’ Star Wars Galaxy: Series 3

Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim World to Join the Empire

“Lord Vader’s Persuation of the Outer Rim Worlds to Join the Empire,” created as an exclusive print for Celebration IV.

Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tatooine

“Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tatooine,” created as an exclusive print for Celebration Europe.

A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth

“A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth,”created for Celebration V

Breaking Ground, Imperial Base, Moon of Endor

“Breaking Ground: Imperial Base, Moon of Endor,” created for Celebration VI

Tidbits

– I do own several pieces of art by Mr. Dorman.  I have a copy of his excellent Celebration IV, remarqued with a drawing of Emperor Palpatine, and a print of the third Tales of the Jedi cover up there, remarqued with Tott Doneeta, the Twi’lek.  Just so you know, my copy of his Celebration IV print, and I assume all of those prints, actually has a set of Imperial officers tucked in the background that aren’t present in the image I took from Wookieepedia.  I debated switching images, but the Wookieepedia one does have excellent resolution, so I let it stay.  On top of those prints, I have bought a few issues of comics specifically because of Dave Dorman’s cover art.

– If you want to purchase some of Dave’s art, take a look at his site’s store here.  He’s got a lot of cool pieces in there.

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One thought on “Artist Spotlight: Dave Dorman

  1. Fantastic gallery, I really enjoyed looking through it. I didn’t realise how many classic pieces Dorman has made, seeing them all in one place really hits home how iconic his work has been over the years.

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