Bonus Content! 12 Star Wars Posters You've Never Seen Before
Next Week: We’re going to review Predictably Irrational.
Today: We’re going to look at some rare and AMAZING Star Wars posters, starting with:
Artist: Witold Dybowski (1984) Polish movie poster promoting Return of the Jedi. Useless fact: Because of civil unrest in Poland, Dybowski didn’t get to actually see Return of the Jedi until three years after its release.
Artist: Tsuneo Sanda (1997) Boba Fett poster for the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Larger version on Flickr.
Artist: Bill Selby (1978) Limited-edition retail poster for Factoids Etc.
Artist: Ralph McQuarrie (1978) Charter members of the Official Star Wars Club received this piece, painted by the famed concept artist.
Artist: Noriyoshi Ohrai (1982) Created to promote the dubbed re-release of A New Hope in Japan.
Artist: Boris Vallejo (1980) Part of a series of three posters designed to promote The Empire Strikes Back. Distributed via Burger Chef, among other retailers.
Artist: Howard Chaykin (1976) Created to generate buzz about A New Hope, a year ahead of the film’s release.
Artist: Tom Chantrell (1978) This “Style C” one-sheet was used to promote A New Hope in Hong Kong. Love the composition.
Artist: Tom Jung (1980) This “Style B” one-sheet was used to promote Empire Strikes Back in Hong Kong. Creepy! (You might be expecting to see the Hong Kong version of Return of the Jedi next; I’m skipping it, because it’s pretty pedestrian. But you can see it here.)
Artist: Papuzza (1977) I love these international posters. This one-sheet, from Italy, clearly takes a few liberties with the actors’ likenesses.
Artists: Drew Struzan, Charles White III (1978) Lucasfilm re-released A New Hope in the summer 1978, and sought to capitalize on the swashbuckling appeal of the movie. Thus, this “Circus Theatrical One-Sheet”. Struzan handled the people, White handled Vader and the vehicles.
Australia (1983) The featured ingredient in this frozen confection is “Jedi Jelly”. ‘Nuff said.
You can see these posters–and hundreds more!–in: