Artist - Boba Fett's Designer
Birthday: May 13, 1950
According to his online venture, Joe Johnston Sketchbook, here's a quote on how he describes his role with Boba Fett:
"Johnston is Boba Fett's original conceptual designer. He has also been referred to as the 'Father' of Boba Fett. Joe designed the colors and helmet for Boba. John Mollo had designed the original suit as the super trooper army of millions, but the production couldn't afford it for 'Empire Strikes Back.' Therefore, Joe made Boba a singular character with the paint job he did on him, including the damaged suit and helmet."
"I designed the final version of Boba Fett. Ralph and I both worked together on preliminary designs, and we traded ideas back and forth. Originally, Boba Fett was part of a force we called Super Troopers, and they were these really high-tech fighting units, and they all looked alike. That eventually evolved into a single bounty hunter. I painted Boba's outfit and tried to make it look like it was made of different pieces of armor. It was a symmetrical design, but I painted it in such a way that it looked like he had scavenged parts and had done some personalizing of his costume; he had little trophies hanging from his belt, and he had little braids of hair, almost like a collection of scalps." -- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (p. 184-185, 1997)
In 1978, Joe Johnston designed the white Boba Fett armor. (It's unclear if Ralph McQuarrie's white Boba Fett concepts came beforehand or not. The actual chronology may prove Johnston's work came first.)
When asked about his favorite spaceships, one answer of several was as follows: "I like Slave I. This was primarily Nilo's design. Again, it was like nothing else that we had seen in the films and it was somehow very fitting for Boba Fett to be flying this thing. So different, it looked like he found it somewhere, patched it up, and made it his own." -- Joe Johnston Q&A Episode 3 (3 min. 18 sec.)
As recently as 2014, Joe Johnston sketches Boba Fett from time to time.
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