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All your favourite film posters were painted by THIS guy

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(images: Drew Struzan/Lucasfilm/Universal)

Back to the Future. The Thing. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Coming to America.

What do these movies have in common, apart from the fact that they’re treasured classics?

Answer - all their posters were created by the greatest of movie artists: Drew Struzan.

Artist Drew Struzan

(image: Universal)

Born in Oregon in 1947, Struzan began his career designing album covers for bands like The Beach Boys, Bee Gees and Black Sabbath. For the rather paltry sum of $250 per cover, he was designing artwork for some seminal records. Many of them would go on sell millions, such as Alice Cooper’s Welcome to my Nightmare.

Welcome to My Nightmare Album Cover

(via Wikipedia)

But it wasn’t until 1978 that Struzan made his first big step into the field he would come to dominate. Working with airbrush artist Charles White III, he helped design a new film poster for Star Wars’ re-release. The result was a groundbreaking piece of work: a print made to look like a circus poster that had been pasted on hoarding.

Star Wars re-issue poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Lucasfilm)

This wouldn’t be the last time Struzan painted a film poster for George Lucas. Over the next decade, he could become one of the most highly-sought creators of movie artwork.

Here are just a few you might recognise from the bedroom walls and VHS box-covers of your past:

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Muppet Movie poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Jim Henson Productions)

 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Lucasfilm)

 

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones and the Last

(image: Drew Struzan/Lucasfilm)

 

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Touchstone Pictures)

 

Hook (1991)

Hook Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/TriStar Pictures)

 

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppets Christmas Carol Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Jim Henson Productions)

 

Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Universal)

 

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Back to the Future Part 2 Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Universal)

 

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Back to the Future Part III Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Universal)

 

The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Warner Bros)

 

Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Paramount Pictures)

 

First Blood (1982)

First Blood Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Orion Pictures)


Blade Runner: Director’s/Final Cut (1992/2002)

Blade Runner Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Warner Bros)

 

The Thing (1982)

The Thing Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Universal)

 

Police Academy (1984)

Police Academy Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Warner Bros)

 

An American Tale (1986)

An American Tail Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Universal)

 

Return of the Jedi (1984)

Revenge of the Jedi Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Lucasfilm)

This poster made its way into cinema lobbies with the title ‘Revenge of the Jedi’. George Lucas later changed his mind and altered it to be more family-friendly.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/Warner Bros)

Note the title change for the American release. UK audiences didn’t get to see the Struzan poster, sadly.

 

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Big Trouble in Little China Poster by Drew Struzan

(image: Drew Struzan/20th Century Fox)

Mr Struzan, we salute you!

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