There are lots of forgeries
of the style A's and C's. If you see rolled ones for less than $175 you
are most likely wasting your money on a fake. Most experts say if it's
rolled don't buy it. Collectors report forgeries of Star Wars style A
and C with 77/21 and 77/21-0 as well as 77/21-1. Some people say that
only 77/21-0 are copied. Not True! Most of the fakes came from major
dealers. I'll tell you this, I have bought several SW style A’s, I have
yet to get a real rolled one. I have bought folded examples, which are
good. I personally won't buy them anymore unless I can get them from a
Star Wars Original Mylar
One Sheet First Advance First version.
This poster was the first
THEATER poster produced for Star Wars. The image does not do it justice.
The letters and border are Mylar, in other words they appear as a mirror
image (hence very difficult to photograph). These posters were shipped
flat to theaters in wooden boxes. The flat shipping was done because if
these posters are rolled tighter than about 4" diameter they will tend
to separate or "delaminate". In other words, the Mylar will separate
from the paper backing. Sadly this has been the fate of most of these
posters. The Star Wars logo is not the standardized logo that was later
Star Wars First Advance
The First advance second
version is on card stock.
Star Wars Advance Style B
Watch out for is the SW
Teaser "B". If it is less than $200 my experience is that it is fake. I
have bought 5 rolled ones in the last couple of months and they were all
forgeries. What I do know is that the most common forgery of the "B"
teaser is that it is missing the union label (it is a small oval). It
should be in the bottom border. All of the ones I have seen are fake. I
have not seen a real one. I've also been told that some of the letters
are not as sharp as they should be.
The B Teasers look pretty
bad and are fairly easy to spot because the lettering is so soft looking
and the color is off.
Star Wars Style A Poster
This was the poster that
accompanied Star Wars on its first release. The art is by Tom Jung. This
art was only used on the theater posters (which were also used for
advertising merchandise). Many people will say "but I had that on a
T-shirt". Artwork used on other products was similar but created by the
Hildebrandt brothers (of comic book fame).
On the "A" style: The fake
I have with the 77/21-0 is a heavier and glossier paper than the real
folded one. The artwork is also almost a full 1/4" smaller. The paper is
obvious when you put them side-by-side. Also, the real one is a little
darker brown in the bottom left corner of the art. I have seen it
written that there were print runs with both the 77/21-0 and 77/21
without the "Star Wars" written under the number but the fake I have
does not have it. The union logo on the fake is much larger then the
real one. It is 1/4" across on the fake and just a bit over 1/8" on the
real. The rolled one I have, I now think, is real. It's almost a perfect
match with the folded one. It is definitely a different print run
however since it does not say "Star Wars" under the 77/21.
I found out that if you
look at the reprint of the "A" right below Luke's belt you can see a
dust line (I think dark in color) where a hair got on the negative.
It can get discouraging. I
recently had one "expert" tell me that the only fakes of the "A" have
the 77/21-0 or 77/21-1. The next day I got an email from a poster
consultant who said that there are fakes of the poster with the 77/21.
They also said that they have NEVER seen a real rolled "A".
Here is how I (CURRENTLY)
would describe an original Star Wars Style A poster: The art from outer
border to outer border is 24 15/16" - 25 inches. - One white border on
the left is exactly 1 inch. The white border on right is exactly 1 inch,
or only 1/16" inch larger or smaller than 1 inch. Very slight indent for
the word COPYRIGHT on the very bottom of poster (about 1/8 inch). The
sign for copyright (c with circle) below the image but above the credits
is, if you measure to the dead CENTER of the circle, 1/2 inch from the
outside blue border, 3/8 inch from the inside of blue border, and 1/4
inch from BROWN edge of art. The Graphic arts international logo and
Litho in USA are closer to the bottom edge of the poster than the lower
blue border. In other words, they aren't exactly in the center of the
lower white border. The GAI logo lies a bit above the litho in USA
words. The 77/21 is flush with the outer blue border. It can have two
types of type used. I know this because of the one I got out of a
Canadian theater. It can have the elongated numeric font used by NSS,
which measures 1/4 inch high, or it can have the slightly shorter,
thicker font. The words Star Wars appear below the 77/21. Again, I know
for a fact that the originals do have Star Wars written under the 77/21
(or at least all that I've ever seen). And again, I don't know what to
say about rolled ones. I have yet to see an authentic rolled Style A,
though they may exist.
The style A's were printed
by National Screen Service. Up until the early 80's, they handled the
printing and distribution of movie posters for all the major studios.
They tended to get a little funny with the codes that were printed in
the corners of the posters. Every time they went back and printed the
A's, they would change the code. It was probably an inventory thing.
About seven years ago, a
company (whose name now escapes me) reprinted thousands of Star Wars
A's, C's and B teasers. The A's are extremely difficult to spot and
dealers have been selling them as original ever since they showed up.
The reprinted ones have the designation "77/21-0" at the bottom. That
doesn't mean that all of the posters with the other designation are
fakes, there are at least four different printing codes on the original
A's, but the rolled ones with the "-0" are all suspect now.
Star Wars Style C Poster
The C's are not quite as
difficult to spot, but they still look pretty good and I'm sure a lot of
people have been ripped off. The only good way to know if it has been
reprinted is to look at the dot pattern of the color separation with a
30-power magnifying lens. If most of the dots are perfectly round, then
it is an original. If most of the dots look broken or moon shaped, then
it has been "re- separated" from an original printing and is a fake.
Star Wars Style D Poster
This poster was issued in
1978 after Star Wars had been in the theaters for a while. The art is by
Drew Struzan and Charles White III. This art is rumored to hang in the
home of George Lucas and to be one of his favorites. This art may have
lead one movie critic to dub Star Wars a "cheap Tarzan movie".
The SW style "D" reprints
have a dot matrix serial number on them. The rolled one I have has the
union label going into the credit portion of the poster somewhat. I am
told that there are no known forgeries of this poster just the reprints.
Star Wars Birthday Poster
This poster was issued in
1978 to those theaters that had played Star Wars for 1 year
continuously. Probably fewer than 500 of these posters were ever
printed. It is now one of the most sought-after Star Wars posters.
Revenge Of The Jedi
Be careful with the Revenge
posters. I will no longer buy this poster with the release date since
most being sold today are forgeries. The forgeries are folded in many
cases. The same poster without the date has no known forgeries. On the
Revenge, the fakes I have seen have blurry 20th Century Fox logos. The
one I have now actually has the blue color of the logo in the bottom
On the ROTJ Style A: I was
told that the top horizontal light bar coming off of the saber has color
in it. It does in all of mine. The copy I'm told is a white line. I am
also told that on the same forgery there is a curved hairline. Almost as
if a piece of dust got on the negative ‑‑ you can easily see about 2
centimeters to the right of the moon in the bottom left of the art. I
did notice that one of my rolled ones was darker in the area to the left
side of the saber. This was the one I suspected might be fake.
I get about two or three
offers a month to buy REVENGE of the Jedi One-sheets. Those are the
worst. I have a standard email reply to those, I just can't afford the
mistake. Beware on the Revenge with the date. There are many forgeries
of this poster out there. In particular look for a hairline of red above
the yellow line.
QUICK RULES OF THUMB
1. Star Wars Style "A" -
Copyright at left bottom is flush with artwork on fake. Should be
indented slightly (a little less then 1/8th"). Also, look for hairline
on Luke’s belt.
2. Star Wars Style "A" -
Artwork is slightly smaller on fake.
3. Star Wars Style "C" -
Hard to tell. The faces of the characters are yellowish on the fakes
rather than orange-brown.
4. Star Wars Style "D" -
The fake has a dot matrix serial number on the bottom border.
5. Star Wars Advance Style
"B" - Smearing around some of the edges of the letters on the fake.
Also, the fake is missing the union label left of center on the bottom
6. Revenge of the Jedi
Advance (The one with the opening date) Blurred 20th Century Fox Logo on
fake also you can see the fold lines from the original the fake was
copied from. Look for a hairline of red between the yellow stripe and
black background. I have also heard that there are no known rolled
copies of this poster.