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John Alvin's Movie Poster Art

Chris Higgins
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Although most people don't know him by name, John Alvin's art is familiar to moviegoers worldwide. Alvin created a series of iconic movie posters, starting with the Blazing Saddles poster in 1974 and including major movies including (in chronological order):

Young Frankenstein Blade Runner E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Gremlins The Color Purple Pee Wee's Big Adventure Short Circuit Empire of the Sun Predator The Princess Bride Joe Versus the Volcano Cape Fear Aladdin Jurassic Park Scent of a Woman The Lion King Waterworld

...And that's just a few. In total, Alvin created art for more than 135 films, many of them A-list titles from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He also worked on art for major franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter films. When Alvin died in February, the web lit up with remembrances, leaving many surprised that a single artist was behind so many iconic images. Here are a few favorites:

Check out a gallery of his work, his Wikipedia page, and a New York Times remembrance for more on this unknown/well-known artist.

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