24 Frames

The History of Star Wars Movie Posters

by | December 6, 2017 | 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!

Tag Cloud

Comic Book OWN war ITV Best and Worst unscripted Lucasfilm doctor who Schedule El Rey History dramedy Grammys serial killer LGBTQ ratings streaming Mary Tyler Moore Red Carpet WGN BBC 007 NBC what to watch Superheroe CW Seed harry potter Pirates CBS Warner Bros. science fiction Photos boxoffice aliens political drama TCA cats singing competition travel medical drama SDCC diversity spy thriller Crackle Toys 2017 psycho TNT Showtime The Arrangement Rocky Fox News Ellie Kemper TCM TIFF PaleyFest The CW Comedy Central cinemax Horror Sony Pictures Disney Channel Countdown ABC Family Freeform Rock Box Office comiccon Nominations Biopics Opinion MTV FXX Reality Competition docudrama Superheroes ESPN TruTV Nat Geo crime discovery Podcast Winners cooking politics technology CNN Sneak Peek Thanksgiving sports Martial Arts CBS All Access Premiere Dates based on movie Summer dc HBO Starz National Geographic festivals Masterpiece A&E Disney YouTube Red Reality Trailer Music 20th Century Fox Paramount Network Set visit FOX police drama Sci-Fi Cosplay crime thriller Holidays IFC Films RT History Emmys Hulu Certified Fresh Bravo zombie TCA 2017 finale talk show AMC Spring TV social media Lifetime Dark Horse Comics CMT composers crossover ABC BET Amazon PBS Pixar Western Shondaland Watching Series SXSW E3 VICE Interview Lionsgate GLAAD Animation SundanceTV Country Ovation DC Universe First Look historical drama Winter TV Logo Rom-Com dceu period drama GoT Pop Infographic DC Comics Fall TV Character Guide Spike justice league Election Tumblr sitcom Super Bowl YA golden globes thriller Musicals Netflix 45 Writers Guild of America Ghostbusters TV Land Awards Year in Review Britbox VH1 Marvel supernatural Creative Arts Emmys Comedy Drama DC streaming service Valentine's Day X-Men Food Network Fantasy Nickelodeon TV Star Trek 21st Century Fox Esquire Adult Swim crime drama 2016 zombies 2015 Mindy Kaling Acorn TV FX cults Universal Video Games Paramount Musical Sundance Now San Diego Comic-Con Mystery YouTube Premium Marathons President Trivia romance GIFs IFC MSNBC E! Kids & Family Columbia Pictures Sundance 24 frames TBS Christmas vampires blaxploitation Polls and Games hist Calendar Cartoon Network Star Wars cops Extras BBC America Tomatazos Action APB transformers robots USA Syfy American Society of Cinematographers Oscars USA Network Apple mutant biography Walt Disney Pictures Song of Ice and Fire Teen NYCC adventure See It Skip It binge TLC Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DirecTV