September 6, 2008 6:54 PM   Subscribe

Movie poster artist draws a line. Drew Struzan is retiring. Responsible for some of the most iconic movie posters from the last thirty years, some of his non-poster work can be seen at his official site. Many of the original images are for sale, starting at $30,000. Some of his paintings and drawings might be considered NSFW.
posted by crossoverman (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here's a good collection of his movie posters.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:36 PM on September 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

Timeless, iconic classics. But I prefer my posters in the original Polish.
posted by Auden at 8:31 PM on September 6, 2008

He's definitely talented, but I'm either indifferent to or annoyed by most of his movie illustrations. They feel very mannered, fussy, and over-polished, or just -- off. (That's John Cusack?) The only movie-related items I like are Hellboy and the Bladerunner piece from 2003. It might be because I have mixed feelings, at best, about most of these movies, or because he seems to blandify a bunch of distinctive actors. Or maybe it's just because the stuff I like is more recent and he's gotten looser over the years.

But I like his studio pieces a lot. They're just more playful and mucky and fluid. He simply seems to be having more fun with these.
posted by maudlin at 8:47 PM on September 6, 2008

It makes me sad to think such warm, luscious nudes might be NSFW for someone.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:48 PM on September 6, 2008

No, we all love the poster. But... uh... Swayze walked and now we signed Jeff Bridges to the role.
posted by hal9k at 3:55 AM on September 7, 2008

I think The Thing is one of my favorite all time posters.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 6:38 AM on September 7, 2008

Exactly, Auden. Those Polish posters put American movie posters to shame.
posted by nosila at 7:58 AM on September 7, 2008

The "most" iconic poster link in the original post (for Raiders of the Lost Ark style B) is by Richard Amsel, not Drew Struzan.
posted by jca at 9:11 AM on September 7, 2008

Iconic is the word! Struzan is legendary. I have the movie poster of The Thing on my wall and it never ceases to amaze me every time I stare at it. It's probably one of my top 3 favorite movie posters of all-time.
posted by ric2046 at 6:20 PM on September 8, 2008

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