John Alvin is one of those people whose work is instantly recognizable, even if his name isn&rsquot. As an artist, he created more than 100 movie posters for such iconic features as Blazing Saddles (His first poster, in 1974), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins and Disney&rsquos Aladdin and The Lion King.
Later this month, his career will be celebrated with the release of The Art of John Alvin, a retrospective of his work that includes commentary from his widow, Andrea Alvin, as well as previously unseen sketches and alternate versions of posters from across his nearly-four decades of work, including these images released exclusively to THR.
Above left is an illustration created as a possible poster for Steven Spielberg&rsquos original Jurassic Park movie in 1993, entirely different in tone and aesthetic to the more familiar poster based around Chip Kidd&rsquos iconic dinosaur skeleton design. Below, two posters related to Warners&rsquo Batman franchise: a design for Tim Burton&rsquos 1989 movie featuring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson&mdashcomplete with a Batman pose from Frank Miller&rsquos Dark Knight Returns&mdashand a sketch for the Batman Forever poster in 1995.
The Art of John Alvin, published by Titan Books, will be released August 16.