Don’t usually say much about my movie poster biz, or about new images as I add them to the site gallery. Don’t plan on making a habit of the former, but think I probably should of the latter. So from time to time when I don’t have anything else to do, I’ll try to catch up on images that I’ve added – new ones, some old ones that deserve explanation.  You do know, by the way, that if you click on the images underneath the Wall comment box, you can see nice full-size versions, and, if you click on the arrows, you can go paging through?

So one that I just added is the detail from the SPIDER-MAN Teaser poster.  Here’s an image of the whole poster:

If you look closely (click on it for large-size view) you should immediately see one of the main reasons this poster is a highly prized collectible.

“Teaser” posters are the posters that are put out well in advance of actual movie releases, often with striking and mysterious or anyway unidentified images.  On any given title, the Teasers are often the most collectible, but among poster collectors this one, which was sent out to theaters in 2001, well ahead of the movie’s 2002 Summer release, is particularly sought after for several reasons – first because it looks great, second because comic superheroes are very popular both in their own right and as a collectible genre, third because SPIDER-MAN was a very well-liked film (considered along with BATMAN BEGINS among the very best of the recent crop), but especially because of the unusual circumstances which led to the poster being recalled from circulation (ordered destroyed or returned – instead a lot of people kept them). 

Here’s another look at the key detail:

I keep a mental list of movie posters that feature what for just a little more than 20 years was New York City’s most recognizable landmark other than perhaps the Statue of Liberty.  The SUPERGIRL poster that you may have noticed is one of my favorites on this theme.  Here’s the detail:

And, just because I really dig it, here’s another new addition to our store’s offerings.  There’s a lot I love about this poster – I just wish I had taken a better photo of it.  I should try again, because this one’s a beauty and will, I suspect, someday really make someone’s game room or home theater.

One thing that’s great about the British “Quad” format is that the images are immediately more “cinematic” – approximating the horizontal aspect ratio of the big screen.  The standard U.S. posters – known as “1-sheets” – simply inherited their format from playbills, then adopted a set of dimensions that have been maintained, with small adjustments, ever since.

More to the point on this poster:  As you may have noticed, I like images that convey ideological-historical moments.  This one would be less about World War II than about the the vision of World War II still popular, even mandatory, in the 1960s – at least up to 1967, anyway, when the film was released.  There’s still lots of gun worship in popular culture today, but it’s not like this. Anyway, I dig the action portraits of great he-man stars of the period, but I especially dig the touch with the muzzle flashes – the way they intrude on the white border area at top and on either side, suggesting a movie so full of action it bursts from the poster – I imagine the  figures in other posters nearby ducking for cover…

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  1. I’ve been enjoying the images you put up here.

    I was never one for the movies until about 15 years ago when I suffered a brain injury (explains a lot, doesn’t it?). At first, I just lay in bed watching TCM.

    The only movies I’m sure I watched during that period were “The Big Clock” and some Three Stooges film involving plumbing.

    Anyway… keep ’em coming!

  2. IT IS!

    The stooges clip is exactly what I was talking about and it still makes me laugh.

    The MP clip though is so true to life – well, just now watching it, my wife rushed in the room to make sure I was all right.

  3. @ CK MacLeod:

    Watching that Monty Python skit after that Three Stooges episode (which didn’t include the most sublime moments that occur toward the end – who can forget the parrot in the chicken and the pouring forth of Niagara Falls from the TV) explains why the U.S. overtook and surpassed the U.K. on the world stage; and it brings one to the sad realization that Western Art peaked in the 1930’s and has been on the decline since.

  4. @ Sully:
    The TV thing starts around 4:45, and I agree it’s genius, or at least it’s nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.

    Maybe you can locate the parrot in the chicken.

  5. @Sully

    “Regardless, movies reached a never since duplicated level when Moe, Larry and Curly performed.”

    Which is why, I’m guessing, we all such fans of politics.

  6. Sully wrote:

    The parrot must have been in another episode.

    That bird really gets around. Wonder if it’s the same one that turned up so famously dead in another classic Python skit.

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