Admiral Ackbar By Itmon!

I’ve said before on the site that my favorite characters in movies, books, and comics tend to be the “background” characters, not the folks in the white hot spotlight, not necessarily the “heroes”. Like in the first Jurassic Park film how Robert Muldoon is my favorite character or Everett (Marc Alaimo) from Total Recall or Duncan Idaho (Granted he becomes a major character in the later books) from Frank Herbert’s Dune…they may only have a handful of lines in the film or book but something about how the character is presented makes me want to know more and more.

Anyway, back in my youth when I watched Return of the Jedi, my Sweet Tarts addled brain went nuclear as soon as I saw the good Admiral appear on screen. My love for the character would only be ingrained deeper into my psyche with the assault on the second Death Star and his memorable scene posted below.

Itmon over at deviantART is also a big fan of the Mon Calamari military leader judging by his incredible illustration.


Itmon has this to say on his artwork, “I’ve always liked this character ever since he was the advance mail-away figure for Winter ’82 before Return of the Jedi came out in theatres. He was the first glimpse of what the new movie would offer and I remember getting him in the mail and loving it (but hating that wand/cane/weapon? thing he carried).”

A big thanks to Red Director over on YouTube for uploading that scene from Return of the Jedi!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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