Ahead of the release of the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, the Poster Boys pull out the history books to uncover the story behind nearly 40 years of Star Wars poster art. From Howard Chaykin’s first teaser in 1976 all the way to the one-sheet for The Force Awakens in 2015, your hosts Sam and Brandon look at the way designing and commissioning posters has changed with each passing year while digging into some of the franchise’s most unsung heroes. They also touch on their own history with the films and how it’s shaped their understanding of design.
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Star Wars symbol by Ralph McQuarrie, 1976
Star Wars style C one-dheet by Tom Chantrell, 1977
Star Wars Italian poster by Michelangelo Papuzza, 1977
The Empire Strikes Back international poster by Noriyoshi Ohrai, 1980
Return of the Jedi poster sketch by John Alvin, 1982
Return of the Jedi Polish poster by Witold Dybowski, 1984
Star Wars special edition poster art by Drew Struzan, 1997
Episode 1 teaser poster developed by Ellen Lee and Jim Ward, 1998
NPR radio adaptation poster sketch by Celia Strain, 1981