Rare Tom Jung Star Wars film poster concept art goes up for auction – and many more cinematic gems too!

Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977). Tom Jung Half Sheet Concept Artwork (30" X 24") and Half Sheet (22" X 28")
Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977). Tom Jung Half Sheet Concept Artwork (30″ X 24″) and Half Sheet (22″ X 28″)

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Just when you thought you had seen everything, this amazing Star Wars artefact arrives after being hidden away for forty years – and goes up for auction through Heritage Auctions later this month, along with rare Casablanca, a rare Spanish Doctor Who and the Daleks film poster, Dracula, King Kong and many other amazing film posters.

In 1977 20th Century Fox commissioned an ad agency to produce the campaign, including posters, for their forthcoming film Star Wars. The agency had used artist Tom Jung previously and asked him to come up with concepts for the campaign. He was given photos taken by unit photographers in colour and black and white as well 2.25″ still images printed on contact sheets.

The 1980 Japanese poster for Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, the artwork based on the American version by Tom Jung
The 1980 Japanese poster for Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, the artwork based on the American version by Tom Jung

Jung came up with the wonderful design for the now famous Style A one sheet as well as the designs for the insert and half sheet posters.

Going under the hammer is the original concept artwork used to pitch the half sheet design to Fox, George Lucas and company. Included is the hand drawn pencil sketch (22.5″ X 14″) by Jung as well as a stat of the Star Wars logo and credits rubber cemented in place and Form-a-Line used to create a border on a piece of illustration board (30″ X 24″).

The artwork is known to be authentic and would be a wonderful addition to a Star Wars collector’s universe.

Also included is a rolled copy of the original half sheet which was produced from the concept. It has two missing corners and wear and tear to the border.

An advertising art director, graphic designer and illustrator, Tom Jung best known for his film poster art, and a motion picture storyboard artist.

One of Jung’s early assignments was the one sheet theatrical poster for the 1959 movie Plan 9 from Outer Space but it is his 1977 Star Wars poster (and subsequent Star Wars-related poster art) for which he is best known, meaning he carries the unusual distinction of having worked on perhaps the worst and best movies made during the last fifty years.

Other credits include Dr. Zhivago, Far from the Madding Crowd, Ice Station Zebra, The Man with the Golden Gun, the 19778 animated film The Lord of the Rings, The Shoes of the Fisherman and many, many more.

Spanish Doctor Who and the Daleks film poster with art by Macario "Mac" Gomez
Spanish Doctor Who and the Daleks film poster with art by Macario “Mac” Gomez

Heritage Auctions poster auction includes some stunning artworks from a host of films – not just SF, such as a vibrant Spanish Doctor Who and the Daleks film poster with art by Macario “Mac” Gomez, but comedy films, westerns and much more. Well worth checking out.

The Star Wars artwork forms part of Heritage Auctions 18th – 19th November 2017 Movie Posters Signature Auction in Dallas. Bid online here

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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