Profiles in History had a big auction this past weekend — and the original concept art for the Star Wars movie poster (by Tom Jung) went for $73,800…But even that steep price was no match for a Chewbacca headpiece that sold for $172k!
Okay, I’m going all out geek on you today. Could Chris Ware’s hot-selling Uncle Boonmee movie poster possibly have been inspired by this Russian Star Wars movie poster from the 1970s? Probably not, but it’s worth a post.
Movie poster trends come and go, but there is no doubt that the hottest new kid on the block is Mondo, the mates behind the Alamo Drafthouse, who have rejuvenated the morbid market with their revamped one-sheets designs for The Rolling Roadshow Tour from such graphic design prodigys as Olly Moss and Jason Munn.
So if you want to learn more about this newfangled limited-edition movie poster empire, check out Ben Marks’s interview with Mondo creative director, Justin Ishmael, on Collectors Weekly.
If life were fair, you would have already heard of Larry Noble a long time ago (in fact, maybe some of you Star Wars fans have)…
IMHO, Larry Noble is probably one of the more underrated movie poster artists of the 70′s and 80′s. (Actually, I guess he goes by Lawrence nowadays!) And if you agree, he’s still out there working today — although he has since moved onto sculpture as his preferred medium and you can check out some of his highly collectible Yoda figures here.
Tom Chantrell was a prolific British illustrator who did one of the more legendary Star Wars posters as well as the infamous Raquel Welch stunner for One Million Years BC and a whole slew of others. And judging by his obit, he seemed like one heckuva charmer!
Everyone’s heard of The Coens, The Wachowskis, and The Hughes Bros — but what about Tim and Greg Hildebrandt? These wonder twins were purveyors of sci-fi/fantasy art (unfortunately, Tim died in 2006) and their legendary Star Wars poster is beloved by many Lucas fanboys, but their illustration was in fact based on the already existing Tom Jung version below (top right).
“The goal of poster art”, Tom Jung once said, “is to crystallize a film into a simple image — to catch a moment.” That’s consciousness. Jung’s work picked up where Howard Terpning left off in the 60′s. Bold, dramatic, and full of passion.