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    It! The Terror from Beyond Space (United Artists, 1958). Original Movie Poster Art (15" X 20").
    At the height of the science fiction craze during the 1950s, this was one of the low budget films that has since become a classic of the genre. It concerned a group of astronauts on a rescue mission to Mars where a previous mission met with disaster. The sole survivor of that mission described an alien terror that murdered the rest of his crew. As they depart for Earth, they are unaware that their ship has picked up the alien creature and that soon, they will be trapped in space with it and have no escape. The film would resonate with teens seeing it at the drive-ins and it would eventually become the basis for the classic horror/sci-fi movie Alien. This lot features the original art used for some of the posters for the 1958 release of the film. And although it's unsigned, it may be the work of Joseph Smith, an illustrator who worked on many of the sci-fi and horror films of the 1950s. Smith certainly liked to do his concepts in charcoal and that appears to be the media used here. Illustrator Joe Smith stated, "Many times they (the studio heads) liked the "rough" so much, they used it as the original art." That certainly appears to be the case here. Concepts (or roughs) were frequently done in charcoal and then finished works would be done in full color. It appears this work was used on the insert, half sheet and title card and then had additional color added at the printers, however, it is also possible that there was another finished work that went to the printers as well. The work shows minor wear along the edges and slight smudging within the white areas. There are also two tape stains in the upper edge. On the verso is written in pencil, "Monster From Outer Space" which may have been the film's working title. None of this affects the artwork which remains quite impressive. Very Fine.

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    November, 2012
    29th-30th Thursday-Friday
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