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October 22 2018



A genuine original issued folded Style ‘B’ U.S. one-sheet regular 27x41 with NSS coding; 1980 poster numbered 800001. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) Style ‘B’ unrestored movie poster.

This poster features original artwork created for the films first-run to the theatre from its U.S. release on May 21, 1980. This is guaranteed to be an original movie poster issued by the studio and meant for theatrical display. The poster art is designed by Thomas Jung, an American advertising art director, graphic designer and illustrator. One of Jung's early assignments was on the one-sheet theatrical poster for the 1959 movie Plan 9 from Outer Space, dubbed by many as the 'worst movie ever made.' Since Jung would go on, to design and illustrate the one-sheet "style A" theatrical poster for one of the most widely acclaimed films ever made, Star Wars, he carries the unusual distinction of having worked on perhaps the worst and best movies made during the last fifty years. Some of Jung's other illustration work includes movie poster art designs for: Doctor Zhivago, The Omen, The Lord of the Rings (1978 Style 'B' Version), and Raging Bull.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, later released as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is a 1980 American epic space opera film. It is the second film to be released in the Star Wars series and the fifth in terms of internal chronology of the storyline. Like its predecessor, Empire draws from several mythological stories and world religions. It also includes elements of 1930s film serials such as Flash Gordon, a childhood favorite of Lucas’, that similarly featured a city afloat in the sky (i.e., Cloud City). George Lucas’ 1977 Star Wars exceeded all expectations in terms of profit, its revolutionary effect on the film industry, and its unexpected resonance as a cultural phenomenon. Lucas hoped to become independent from the Hollywood film industry by financing Empire himself with $33 million from loans and the previous film’s earnings, going against the principles of many Hollywood producers never to invest one’s own money. Now fully in command of his Star Wars enterprise, Lucas offered the role to director to Irvin Kershner, one of his former professors at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Lawrence Kasdan, who Lucas was impressed from his script draft for Raiders of the Lost Ark was hired as writer after Leigh Brackett died of cancer after finishing her first draft of Empire in February 1978. After the various increases in budget, Empire became one of the most expensive films of its day and after the bank threatened to pull his loan, Lucas was forced to approach Alan Ladd Jr., then president of 20th Century Fox. Lucas and Ladd made a deal to secure the loan in exchange for paying the studio more money but without the loss of his sequel and merchandising rights. A deal the studio later squawked about, which pressured Ladd to quit. The departure of his longtime ally caused Lucas to take Raiders to Paramount Pictures. The Empire Strikes Back became the highest-grossing film of 1980. The film received mixed reviews from critics upon its initial release. However, fans and critics alike have widely come to consider Empire to be the franchise’s best film and one of the greatest films ever made.

The poster measures 27x41 inches and printed single-sided issued rolled. All original theatre release issued Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back one-sheets posters will measure 27x41. This vintage unrestored poster is in near mint plus - Never Used condition.

No tears, tape, pin holes, stains, yellowing or color fading. Further pictures are available upon request.

Item will be properly packaged (rolled) with extreme care for immediate shipping. Fully insured secure safe packaging. Shipping costs separate.

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Price $395.00