With 1993’s red and black stenciled “Jurassic Park” poster, artist John Alvin achieved a triumph of graphic design — a piece so iconic it trumps the actors and CGI monsters themselves in its ability to evoke the spirit of the film. Now you can peruse 13 dino-themed drafts that might have changed the legacy of Steven Spielberg’s classic film forever, had they been selected.
Though you may not know Alvin’s name, he was the genius behind some of the most memorable movie posters of all time, including those for “E.T.,” “Blade Runner,” “Batman” (see an unused concept here), “The Lion King,” and “Gremlins.” So renowned is he that a 140-page collection of his works, “The Art of John Alvin,” is set to be published August 26th.
As for their poster of choice, we suppose the proof is in the pudding, with Alvin’s basic design still being used to promote “Jurassic World” three sequels later. But these forgotten posters are certainly an interesting window into a master’s process, revealing concepts that didn’t quite make the cut. [Movies.com]