MOVIE POSTER COLLECTORS AUTHENTICATION

REVENGE OF THE JEDI

RECALLED ADVANCE MOVIE POSTER

 

Undated (perhaps international) version (rare)

George Lucas originally intended to title his third Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi.”  Another producer told him that that title was “too weak” so he changed it to “Revenge of the Jedi.”   Drew Struzan designed the above “Revenge” poster.  In December 1982 Lucas decided that “Revenge” was not appropriate and returned to his original title.  However, by that time thousands of Revenge posters had been printed and hundreds had been distributed to theaters. Lucasfilm stopped the shipping of the posters and destroyed all but 6,800 posters, which were sold in three days to Star Wars fan club members for $9.50. (Source: The Star Wars Poster Book)


The vast majority of posters that escaped destruction have the tagline “Coming May 25, 1983 to your galaxy” at the bottom.  Some posters were printed without the tagline.  (According to reports, these may be “international” posters sent to other countries. This makes sense because the movie started playing after May 25 in countries other than the US.) The posters without the release date command somewhat higher prices than the “Coming May 25” posters.


Unfortunately, fakes of these posters plague the movie poster collecting hobby.  Here are some ways to differentiate originals from fakes.


First, almost all original Revenge posters are machine-folded.  Rolled originals are very rare and fakes are aplenty.


Second, most fakes are undersized.  Original “dated versions” are 27 1/8 x 41 1/8 and “undated” versions are 26 7/8 x 40 13/16.


Third, many of the fakes have a “cloudy” corner in the lower right, as the below pictures show.


Fourth, on the undated version the 20th Century Fox logo is a deep blue on originals but faded on fakes.


Fourth, many - perhaps all - of the fakes were reproduced from a folded original.  On rolled fakes, you can see the faint fold lines copied from the original.  To disguise that deficiency, many of the fakes have been folded. In some cases the folds do not align with the copied fold lines from the original.

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Dated version with tagline (common)