My Life in Pictures Part Six

Early Influences


After my last posting regarding the influence movie posters have had on my artistic mindset, I kept running across more and more posters that I wished I had included. There have been more than a few nice illustrated posters from the 80s and 90s, but for some reason, the ones from the 70s really got stuck in my head. I didn’t even see most of these movies, and barely remember the ones that I did see, but the poster images burrowed their way into my brain and have made a home there.

Some posters I discovered later were done by illustrators whose work I’d become more familiar with later in life, like the wonderful Frazetta poster for ‘The Gauntlet’ (above), and even a few by my Mad Magazine heroes, Mort Drucker and Jack Davis (pictured below – ‘American Grafitti’ and ‘Bad News Bears’ respectively). Most of the posters were ultimately more interesting than the movie they were advertising.

It never occurred to me at the time that I was looking at “commercial illustration”, or that I was witnessing first-hand the power that it held over the viewer’s imagination, or how it might sway a movie-goer to see one film over another. I was just caught up in the magic, and the post imagery, to me, became almost more memorable than the films themselves.