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John Alvin is one of those people whose work is instantly recognizable, even if his name isn’t. As an artist, he created more than 100 movie posters for such iconic features as Blazing Saddles (His first poster, in 1974), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins and Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King.
Later this month, his career will be celebrated with the release of The Art of John Alvin, a retrospective of his work that includes commentary from his widow, Andrea Alvin, as well as previously unseen sketches and alternate versions of posters from across his nearly-four decades of work, including these images released exclusively to THR.
Above left is an illustration created as a possible poster for Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park movie in 1993, entirely different in tone and aesthetic to the more familiar poster based around Chip Kidd’s iconic dinosaur skeleton design. Below, two posters related to Warners’ Batman franchise: a design for Tim Burton’s 1989 movie featuring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson—complete with a Batman pose from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns—and a sketch for the Batman Forever poster in 1995.
The Art of John Alvin, published by Titan Books, will be released August 16.
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