Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Revenge of the Jedi)

At the request of George Lucas, comic and caricature artist Mort Drucker, best known for his work in MAD Magazine, illustrated a montage of caricature images from the movie, which was used for both the US and UK poster campaigns. US 30x40 and 40x60 posters were produced on heavy stock paper for use at drive-in theatres. As well as having much lower print runs than US One Sheets, very few survived in good condition as they were displayed outside and exposed to the elements.

The third and final instalment of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy saw Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo to take on the evil empire. Originally titled Revenge of the Jedi, Lucas renamed the movie Return of the Jedi when he realised that the concept of revenge would be out of character for the chivalric Jedi. By the time the title had been changed, thousands of Revenge posters, with superb artwork by Drew Struzan depicting a lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, had already been printed.

According to the Star Wars Poster Book by Peter Vilmur and Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm halted distribution of the posters and destroyed all but 6800 copies, which were sold in three days to Star Wars fan club members for $9.50. Surviving copies are increasingly scarce and sought after.

Excellent (A-)
Unfolded, not backed. Minor nicks, creases and handling dings. Image and colours otherwise excellent

US Teaser One Sheet Film Poster
41 x 27 in. (104 x 68.5 cm.)

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