The artist did a lot of covers for the German Perry Rhodan novels. It looks like creative swipes from iconic spaceships happened more than once in the series. Not sure if these are the same artist.
Thanks. For a moment there I was wondering if Lucas or ILM had “borrowed” the design from some obscure pulpy book cover.
However, it’s interesting that the artist choose to add domes to the ship (presumably to differentiate it somewhat) since the Interdictor Star Destroyers introduced in the EU in the 90’s more-or-less did the same thing.
It’s possible either way. Lucas borrowing the design for Chewie is well documented.
I know this guy from somewhere! 😉
And you don’t have to look too far into vintage science fiction illustrations to find giant round balls of Death.