It’s safe to say that Drew Struzan is a living legend. His work in film advertising single-handedly helped define a generation of pop culture and raised the bar for generations to come. His portfolio is unmatched and features posters for such iconic classic as: The Thing, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, Rambo, Big Trouble In Little China, Goonies, Hellboy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and countless others.
One set of posters for those classic films was the “Back To The Future” franchise. Drew brought Marty McFly, Doc Brown and Clara Clayton to life with his posters which have stood the test of time just like the movies. If you know the movies then you are familiar with these posters but have you ever seen the ones that DIDN’T make the cut? The ones that Drew or the studio DIDN’T use?
Take a look at this set of posters to see just how different things COULD have looked for the franchise that helped make Marty McFly and DeLorean household names from 1985 – 1990 and beyond.
Thanks go out to New Zealand artist Paul Shipper who brought these concept posters to my attention. Paul has often cited Drew Struzan’s work as his inspiration and Paul’s work closely emulates that of Drew’s which is no small feat. Some, myself included, have even gone so far as to give Paul the daunting comparison as Struzan’s successor. I would LOVE to see Struzan come out of retirement and do the posters for the upcoming Star Wars films BUT…if he chooses to remain retired, I truly hope that we get to see Paul Shipper pick up where Struzan has left off. We may have called Struzan “incomparable” but Shipper is nipping at his heels. Be sure to head over to Paul’s WEBSITE to check out his impressive and constantly growing portfolio. (Just remember, when Paul DOES make the announcement that he is doing the poster for the next Star Wars film…I TOLDYA SO!)