Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1978). Folded, Very Fine+.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionStar Wars (20th Century Fox, 1978). Folded, Very Fine+. Special Japanese Poster (11" X 20.25" unfolded, 6" X 11" folded). Artwork. Noriyoshi Ohrai
In 1980, George Lucas saw a gatefold poster for Star Wars in the 1978 Japanese "town mook" magazine - An Invitation to the Fantasia of Space SF Film. A "mook" served as a hybrid of books and magazines which prolonged shelf life at stores. The art was by Ohrai Noriyoshi. Lucas liked it so much he commissioned Noriyoshi to do the international style artwork for The Empire Strikes Back. That made Noriyoshi famous world-wide. Here is that original poster that Lucas saw. On the back is an image of the moon bus from 2001: A Space Odyssey. One can see why he was so impressed - it includes all the main characters, ships and the Death Star. This poster rarely shows up. It shows some light creasing and light fold wear.
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.
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