Movie poster artists: Charles Addams
A number of artists best known for their work in other fields also did at least some movie posters.
Today, Charles Addams is best known for creating the “Addams Family,” as familiar to us now through the two movies and the television show as through the dark humor of his weird New Yorker cartoons.
Forbidden Planet: The Most Coveted Poster
In a recent issue of a monthly newspaper dedicated to movie poster collecting, five of seven dealers used the one-sheet from 1957’s “Forbidden Planet” showing Robbie the Robot cradling sexy Anne Francis in his metallic arms as a prominent part of their ad.
Poster Artists: Ralph Bakshi
Some Tolkien fans never forgave Ralph Bakshi for his animated version of “The Lord of the Rings,” at least until Peter Jackson did the trilogy right in live action (and plenty of computer generated imagery).
Collecting The Coneheads
I collect in a number of specific areas. Rather than randomly collecting movie art, I enjoy building wider collections that include toys, trading cards, ties, comix, magazines and books and so on.
I’ll collect anything from a movie or TV show in which aliens play a prominent role.
Lon Chaney Collectible Poster Turns Up In Sub Shop
It’s not unusual to discover movie poster collectibles in unlikely locations. This time, the Phantom was hanging out in a sub shop.
The condition of movie paper–and how it affects prices
Let’s start with the absolute basics: all serious collectors desire items that are as near perfect as possible, and the closer to perfect an item is, the higher the price it can command.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Times Four
Quite a few movies about invading aliens scared us during the collision of the Atomic Era with the Space Age in the 1950s.
Only one, however, transforms like some space creature to fit the zeitgeist of each new generation. Several of those original 50s films about aliens have been remade once.
Popular movie poster sizes
Movie paper refers to cinema promotional material printed on paper. Movie display art also appeared on more durable card stock (LobX cards, half sheets, and insert cards, for instance).
Common popular sizes (in inches) include the following:
27” X 41” before the 1980s, thereafter, 27” X 40”