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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Film News: John Alvin, Leading Poster Artist, Dead at 59

John Alvin, one of the great latter-day poster artists, has died of a heart attack at age 59. Alvin's big break was the poster for Mel Brooks' 1974 western satire Blazing Saddles. He would continue to do brilliant work for Brooks as well as for Steven Spielberg for whom he did the iconic posters for both E.T. and Empire of The Sun as well as the Star Wars series for George Lucas and the Lord of The Rings films.

Here are some of his best:

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