RANKED: The 12 Best Designs by the Late Ron Cobb
Comingsoon.net is looking at the very best designs by the late Ron Cobb. Have a look at our picks below! Legendary underground cartoonist turned production concept and designer artist, Ron Cobb, monday at age 83 passed on on his birthday. Star Wars, one of the numerous franchises he contributed to, paid tribute to Cobb on ,
“We were saddened to understand of the passing of Star Wars: A FRESH Hope conceptual designer Ron Cobb, who designed probably the most – or even probably the most – memorable characters in the Mos Eisley cantina… Cobb’s illustrious career contributed to many iconic films, including E.T The Extraterrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Back to the Future, and several more.” He will be missed.”
The aesthetic of several sci-fi and action films were achieved through Cobb’s inimitable talent. Pivotal objects like , Conan the Barbaian‘s sword, and numerous space ships stick to us due to the imagination and subsequent work of Cobb. Along with design, Cobb served as a director and writer also. Honoring the prolific career (which began in 1956) of 1 of the greatest illustrators of all-time, we’ve ranked a few of Cobb’s most remarkable designs (and films). Check them out below.
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12) Dark Star’s Spaceship
Cobb’s first production design job was John Carpenter’s debut film, 1974’s Dark Star. Cobb designed the surface for the film’s main space ship-which continued to heavily influence the ships/special ramifications of Star Wars along with other space operas. It had been with this film that Cobb would meet writer Dan O’Bannon, which may result in jobs focusing on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune and Ridley Scott’s Alien.
11) The Abyss’ Deep Core Rig
Cobb designed the massive underwater drilling rig in James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989) and also the helmets, suits, and breathing tanks utilized by the crew. He also helped to generate both operable submersibles found in the movie.
10) Robot Jox’ Mech Suit
Cobb served as an idea artist on Stewart Gordon’s Robot Joxs (1989), designing every inch of the 180 ft. tall, multi-mode robots, their support systems, and their worlds. The majority of the costumes, automobiles, along with other devices were done by Cobb also.
9) THE FINAL Starfighter’s Spaceship
In addition to the Gunstar, Cobb designed the enemy space crafts, the earth Rylos, Starcar, aliens, and costumes for 1984’s The Last Starfighter.
8) Total Recall’s Memory Implant Chair
Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 classic, Total Recall’s entire plot revolves around one machine’s capability to plant false memories into people’s brains. Not merely did Cobb design the “Rekall” machine, but he created the appearance for the Mars colony (mine complex, mining machines, taxi cabs, etc.), the Marsliner spaceship, and every one of the vehicles on the futuristic Earth.
7) Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Nazi Airship
After meeting Steven Spielberg at Universal while working as a production designer on Conan The Barbarian, Cobb landed employment as a production artist on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Cobb finished up designing the Nazi Flying Wing from that film, which, Indiana Jones fights that large Nazi in what is among the greatest fights in cinematic history. Spielberg and cobb maintained a detailed relationship for the rest of his career.
6) Star Wars’ Momaw Nadon (“Hammerhead”)
Initially unaccredited, Cobb served as a conceptual designer on Star Wars: A FRESH Hope. He designed the majority of the elaborate aliens in the famed Mos Eisley cantina sequence. Momaw Nadon AKA “Hammerhead” is known as by many to function as most remarkable.
5) The Rocketeer’s Jet Pack
Cobb contributed an early on design for the rocket-powered jet pack in Joe Johnson’s Rocketeer (1991).
4) Conan the Barbarian’s Sword
Not only did Cobb serve as a production designer on 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, but he was an uncredited director of second unit photography. Having said that, along with Conan’s iconic sword, Cobb was in charge of most of Conan’s weapons, armor, architecture, and scenery.
3) Aliens’ Drop Ship
As an idea artist on James Cameron’s Aliens (1986), Cobb designed the “Drop Ship,” the armored personnel carrier, a few of the weapons, the interior/exterior sets, and vehicles of the planet earth colony complex.
2) Alien’s Nostromo
As an idea artist on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1978), Cobb conceived the surface and interior of the infamous Nostromo ship-the film’s setting. Having said that, the ship’s aesthetic has influenced countless other sci-fi projects and the Alien franchise all together. Cobb was also the main one to suggest the titular Alien’s blood be corrosive so the crew couldn’t just shoot it dead.
1) Back again to the Future’s DeLorean
Cobb created the original design for the Back to the Future’s (1985) time-traveling De Lorean. Spielberg, a producer on the film, asked Cobb, “how he’d create a DeLorean right into a time machine?” He told Spielberg to create it look homemade like Doc Brown managed to get with stuff he found at Radio Shack.