The Original Art Behind Some Of The Craziest Star Wars Posters

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Thanks to Budapest Poster Gallery I had the opportunity to take a very close look at the original oil paintings for the world famous Hungarian Star Wars movie posters. The three original artworks are going to be auctioned off today and now you too can examine them closer than ever.

Tibor Helényi, the Hungarian painter who sadly passed away last year, created these very controversial, hated or beloved, but for now extremely rare posters for the original trilogy in 1979, 1981 and 1984:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Before you feast your eyes on the details I would like to clarify one thing. When Helényi's artwork is discussed it is often assumed that he probably hadn't even watched the movies before he painted these poster artworks.

In an interview he refuted these accusations, saying that he did see — and enjoyed a lot — all of the movies, but he did not wanted to paint posters similar to the Western European and US posters, so he let his imagination and his own artistic vision work. He even added extraneous elements to the posters, just for his own amusement (look for the two tusked monsters below!)


Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Luke in his X-Wing starfighter attacks the weak point of Death Star:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The hand of Darth Vader, holding his lightsaber:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

A confusing easter egg. This scimitar holding tusked monster was created by Helényi, basically just for fun:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The head of Darth Vader:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

A major spoiler, the destruction of the Death Star:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Imperial Star Destroyer:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Two AT-AT Imperial Walkers:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Tie fighters shooting lasers:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Imperial troopers led by Darth Vader:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Imperial trooper on a speeder bike:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Star Destroyer:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Another tusked creature added by Helényi:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Shuttlecraft:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The second Death Star under construction, depicted as Darth Vader's eye:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Bonus: the Hungarian movie poster for Ridley Scott's Alien

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

A spaceship, not seen in the movie:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Face of an alien creature, straight from Helényi's mind:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

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