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Star Wars (1977)
With dozens of Star Wars-related posters, book jackets, comic-book covers, and even postage stamps under his belt, Struzan’s artwork has become synonymous with the franchise. ”Most of my working life has been connected with Star Wars,” he says. It all started with a poster commissioned by George Lucas well into the first film’s game-changing release, but the job originally belonged to Struzan’s friend Charlie White. ”But Charlie didn’t do portraits, and he asked me to work on it with him,” Struzan says. ”It ended up being George Lucas’ favorite painting.” The original ”circus poster”—a major piece of movie-marketing history—went missing for decades until one morning when Struzan stepped out of his Pasadena home. ”There it was leaning against my studio door,” he remembers. ”Someone must have felt guilty, so I just turned around and gave it to George.”
Image Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. 1977/Courtesy Drew Struzan; Alexandra Wyman/WireImage
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