Star Wars Revenge of the Jedi poster
The Star Wars Revenge of the Jedi poster is a rare film poster produced for the release of the Star Wars film ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1982.
George Lucas had originally changed the title of the film from ‘Return of the Jedi’ to ‘Revenge of the Jedi’ after advice from the producer Gary Kurtz. However, during the run up to the film’s release Lucas changed his mind once more. He believed that the peaceful nature of the Jedi Knights meant that they would commit an act of ‘revenge’, and the film returned to its original title.
Before Lucas returned the film to its original title, a small number of teaser posters had been printed with ‘Revenge’ as the title, and sent to cinemas across the world. The first batch of these were issued with no release date, and the second printed once a date had been decided. Lucas changed the title soon after the second poster was printed, and the remaining posters were sold through the Star Wars Fan Club.
The Revenge of the Jedi one-sheet poster
The poster features artwork by the celebrated film artist Drew Struzan, and shows the large head of Darth Vader in the background with Vader engaged in a light sabre battle with Luke Skywalker in the foreground. In this initial poster, the colours of Vader and Skywalker’s light sabres are accidentally reversed.
There are two versions of the poster – one without a release date, and one with a date, stating “Coming May 25, 1983 to your galaxy”. The majority of the posters were printed in the first run, without a date making the dated posters far rarer.
Experts have stated that the poster is one of the most bootlegged and forged vintage film posters on the market, with the overwhelming majority of examples available for sale fake. There are three known fake versions, each with its own significant detail.
One set of fakes features a blurred 20th Century Fox logo, another is taken from a photograph of a folded poster and the fold-lines are faintly reproduced on the new posters, and the third has a lighter colouring (described by some as ‘clouds’) rather than a solid black background in the right-hand bottom corner.
How much is a Revenge of the Jedi poster worth?
The value of genuine Revenge of the Jedi posters has decreased as the market has been flooded by fakes. Dealers suggest that most of the posters they are asked to authenticate turn out to be fake, with many bootleg posters being produced as long as 20 years ago.
However, for genuine authenticated examples prices can range from $300 to over $1000 depending on condition.