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Revisit 'Blade Runner,' 'E.T.' and 11 More of Your Favorite Movie Posters from 'The Art of John Alvin'

Photo of Casey Cipriani By Casey Cipriani | Indiewire August 25, 2014 at 11:37AM

Artist John Alvin created some of the most iconic film posters in cinematic history. A new book called "The Art of John Alvin" hits shelves tomorrow, but before then you can take a look at some of his work below.
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"E.T."

John Alvin may not be a household name, but the posters that he created for many of our most beloved films are some of the most recognizable in film history. "The Art of John Alvin," a new book written by his widow Andrea Alvin, with a forward from Jeffrey Katzenberg, is being released August 26 by Titan Books. In it, Andrea offers some behind the scenes insights into how each poster was conceived and created and takes readers through a step-by-step process of how Alvin went about envisioning and painting some of the most iconic images in cinema.

READ MORE: Here Are the Best indie Posters of 2014...So Far

Hand-drawn illustrations and hand painting techniques are almost never used when creating film posters today and much of Alvin's work was created in anonymity without his signature. "It is time to connect the name John Alvin with the incredible body of work he created," writes Andrea Alvin. "The world should know that there was one man responsible for so many of the iconic posters they admire and have hanging on their walls."

Check out some of Alvin's posters and initial artwork below:

"Blade Runner" Poster
"Blade Runner"
"Gremlins" Poster
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc "Gremlins"
"E.T."
©1982 Universal City Studios, Inc. "E.T."
"Batman" Artwork
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "Batman" Artwork
"Batman Returns" Poster
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "Batman Returns"
"Batman Forever" Artwork
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "Batman Forever" Artwork
"Darkman" Poster
©1990 Universal City Studios, Inc. "Darkman"
"Cape Fear" Artwork
©1991 Universal City Studios, Inc. "Cape Fear" Artwork
"Empire of the Sun" Poster
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "Empire of the Sun"
"The Godfather: Part III"
Paramount Pictures "The Godfather: Part III"
"Goonies" Poster
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "The Goonies"
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
Paramount Pictures Corporation "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
"Jurassic Park"
©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. "Jurassic Park"

This article is related to: Batman, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park, Posters, Movie Posters, Film posters, Cape Fear, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather: Part III, The Goonies, Gremlins, Blade Runner, Blade Runner






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