We’re fortunate to live in an age of pop-culture rediscovery, where proper attention is finally being paid to the underrated creators whose work has enriched our lives. Folks like movie poster artists Drew Struzan and Bob Peak have been the subject of lavish coffee table book retrospectives published in the last few years. Now Titan Books is seeing that another great poster artist gets his due — the late John Alvin. His name may not be immediately recognizable to everyone, but Alvin’s images unquestionably are, since he painted posters for over one hundred and thirty films, including the iconic one-sheets for Jurassic Park, Blade Runner, E.T., and Disney’s The Lion King.
Alvin also let his talents to the Star Trek universe, creating the advance and final art for director Nicholas Meyer’s 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The good people at Titan have just given us a gallery of rare concept art that Alvin conceived for the film, which depicts the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A’s final big-screen mission. All of this art will appear in The Art of John Alvin. Due out from the publisher on August 26th, it’s a comprehensive look at Alvin’s entire career by his widow and frequent collaborator Andrea Alvin.
You can view the entire Star Trek VI gallery below. Note that the concept pieces depicting individual elements (like the Bird of Prey, General Chang’s face, the Klingon head, and the Enterprise soaring towards the Klingon head) have never been seen before. The black-and-white composite pieces, while not exclusive, have not been widely seen, nor has the alternate color poster art. Kudos to Titan for seeing that Alvin’s work lives long and prospers!