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The History of Star Wars Movie Posters

by | December 15, 2015 | Comments

Star Wars is more than just a movie – it’s a way of life, a religion, a merchandising empire, and, yep, pieces of artwork we pay exorbitant amounts for to shellac on our walls. This week’s gallery explores some of the the amazing Star Wars posters throughout the decades.

  • Eliza

    The seventh one is actually kind of cool in its abstract nature.

  • 0_osmile0_o

    I’d say my favourite is the teaser one for the Phantom Menace. The movie itself was a very big “meh” but the poster was great.

  • Turdsley

    Foreign posters are the best, they make no sense.

  • Cj Johnson

    I agree with 0_osmile0_o and Eliza. My favorites are the scary Russian abstract Darth Vader head and the teaser from The Phantom Menace. Using a shadow to communicate a second persona is a technique that’s taught in graphic design classes.

  • Mr. Pedantic

    I’m sorry to say that the most recent official poster for The Force Awakens is the worst of the bunch. Too cluttered, a confusing color palette, and all over the place compositionally.

    • Nuschler

      Well Mr. scrupulous, precise, exact, perfectionist, punctilious, meticulous, fussy, fastidious, finicky, dogmatic, purist, literalist, formalist, casuistic, sophistic, sophistical, captious, hair-splitting, quibbling, nitpicking, AND persnickety! You certainly are a nattering nabob of negativism! And you managed to create a word that exists in NO dictionary: “compositionally.”

      This is a poster for a sci-fi movie! Give us a break–go back to your pretend universe and leave ours alone.

  • JWrenn

    2 odd things. The first rare limit edition poster seems to have the new x-wings on it. Is it just me or are those engines the new xwings we are seeing in Force Awakens. Second, holy crap all of the prequel posters…the primary ones at least…have the dreaded lense flares! JJ was destined to do this movie.

    • thisisfutile

      The engines are new. The original from the front had 4 separate intakes and formed 4 separate circles regardless of what position the wings were in. The new ones have 4 separate intakes too but when the wings are closed they only form two circles. When the wings are open, they are half-circles. Good eye! My friend noticed that too. I don’t think I would have.

  • Dr. Emmett L. Brown

    Love the very first one for it’s retro vibe.

  • MovieBuff

    Missing the Ep II “A Jedi must not know anger or hate or love” teaser poster and the Ep III dark side Anakin teaser poster. Fail

  • origonalname112

    The description of each poster is cut off when I hover my mouse and absent when I click on the poster. The first one says “drawn by howard chaykin and” and then nothing when I click on it.

    • thisisfutile

      After clicking that image, the description is off to the right, at least it is in my browser. It says, “Drawn by Howard Chaykin and distributed in 1976 at conventions and comic book stores to hype up A New Hope‘s theatrical release for the following year. Only 1,000 were purportedly printed”


  • starmovie

    I was disappointed. How can it be explained that the Falcon was parked for over 30 years and it started right up, no jumper cables needed. That’s quite a battery life! Not even the Energizer bunny can do that!

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