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Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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  • This is an original, linen-backed, Style B one-sheet movie poster from 1980 for The Empire Strikes Back starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker, Peter Meyhew, Frank Oz and Alex Guinness.  Irvin Kershner directed the Star Wars sequel.  Tom Jung is the artist for the poster.

    This unusual poster has a higher level of purple tint on the top half compared to the final Style B poster.  Prior to being linen-backed, it was evaluated by three top Star Wars poster experts (including current/former Lucasfilm employees).  They independently agreed that this poster is authentic and was likely a test poster.  It is not the "purple variant" Style B poster which was printed in small numbers and has a darker, overall hue throughout the poster. 

    The poster was shipped to a movie theater on the west coast and displayed to promote the initial release of The Empire Strikes Back.  An assistant manager of the theater subsequently took the poster home and kept it for nearly thirty years.  It was sourced directly from this former theater employee.  

    The poster measures 27" x 41" and has been linen-backed for long-term preservation and display.  Prior to restoration, the poster was in very good condition with staple holes in the corners of the white border from theatrical display, minor edge wear, and light surface creases from handling.  It was never folded.  There are three tiny, faint smudges in the top left corner that were actually part of the printing.  

    Please look closely at the photos as it shows the exact poster you are buying. It is not cropped or a stock image.

    This extremely rare, collectible, and likely one-of-a-kind poster, printed in 1980 to promote the initial release of The Empire Strikes Back, is not a reproduction or a reprint.  


    Year poster printed: 1980
    Country: United States
    Size: 27 in x 41 in (69 cm x 104 cm) (plus small linen border)
    Artist: Tom Jung