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Mon Sep 21, 2020, 06:49 PM

Ron Cobb, a Designer on Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Alien, Dies at 83

Source: Gizmodo

Ron Cobb, one of the most prolific and impactful designers in cinema history, died this week at the age of 83.

Cobb is a name that’s well-known to film nerds, but maybe not so much to the general public. That’s wild, considering he worked on some of the most successful and influential films from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s: Star Wars, Alien, Back to the Future, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Conan the Barbarian, The Abyss, The Last Starfighter, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to name just a few.

On Star Wars, he designed some of the creatures in the Cantina scene, including the Hammerhead. On Back to the Future, he helped refine the design of the DeLorean to give it the DIY look that made it so memorable. For Alien, he did the exterior and interior of the main setting, the Nostromo. He helped Steven Spielberg come up with the idea for E.T. and had a cameo in the film. He designed all the ships in The Last Starfighter. We could go on and on.



Read more: https://io9.gizmodo.com/ron-cobb-a-designer-on-star-wars-back-to-the-future-1845130929




Also was a cartoonist at the L A Free Press back in the day.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Cobb

http://www.roncobb.net/

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Tactical Peek Sep 21 OP
Tactical Peek Sep 21 #1
PlanetBev Sep 21 #2
Ford_Prefect Sep 21 #3
GReedDiamond Sep 22 #6
lapfog_1 Sep 21 #4
GReedDiamond Sep 22 #5

Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 07:02 PM

1. It could be titled "F-35".




1975

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 07:10 PM

2. His cartoons in the LA Free Press were absolutely riotous

My favorite was a family driving on a road with cut down tree stumps and smoggy air. A sign ahead says “scenic drive next 10 miles”, followed by billboards with trees.

Funny, but sad. 🤪. Wow, died on his birthday!

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 08:17 PM

3. One of my favorite Cobb pieces.



He is still so relevant too:



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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:19 AM

6. The bottom one is more relevant NOW than it was in 1968...

...which is, I suspect, what Ron Cobb was trying to warn us about, so we wouldn't be where we are now.

If Twitler gets a 2nd term, we are there-and-beyond "B Citizens Only" type designations.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 10:49 PM

4. Dark Star

the best SciFi film shot for under $100,000.

Negotiating with the the AI bomb scene is priceless.

Ron designed the ship... and I would bet that he had a hand with the beach ball alien too.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:07 AM

5. Late night KnR for Ron Cobb...RIP Ron

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