Film posters that never saw the light of day

The Art of John Alvin will be published tomorrow giving a fascinating insight into the career of the prolific film poster designer, who died in 2008.

Written by his wife Andrea Alvin, also an artist, the book gives a generous insight into not only the much-loved work that was commissioned but also other creative routes he took – designs which were never seen – and  in-progress sketches.

While the Star Trek VI and Gremlins posters we’ve published here are final designs, the Blade Runner and Batman Returns posters are slight variations on the originals and the others are sketches, alternate ideas or ‘teaser art’ that wasn’t used.

Alvin was the man behind the graphic look of E.T: The Extra terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Lion King, and Jurassic Park.

One of his biggest clients was Walt Disney Studios, for which he created 17 posters including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

His career started with the design for Blazing Saddles in 1974, and his most recent work was Disney’s Enchanted (2007). Other career highlights include The Goonies, The Godfather Part III and Tim Burton’s Batman movies.

The Art of John Alvin is published by Titan Books, published 22 August, priced £24.99.


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