Pulp Corner: The Concept Art For Raiders Of The Lost Ark
The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks is full of different personalities and different areas of interest, but if there is one thing we can all agree on it’s that Indiana Jones is badass. Oh and the fact that there have only been three movies made in the series. Nevertheless, I’m not sure how widely known these particular pieces are to our readership so I thought I’d spread the wealth.
These are four pieces of concept art for Raiders of the Lost Ark by artist Jim Steranko (best known in the comic world for his late 60’s work on Strange Tales and then Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D). At this point it seems Lucas and Spielberg already had a certain look and aesthetic in mind and my god does Steranko do an excellent job. These perfectly set the tone of what would come in the movie. Hell, the leap from horse to truck scene is right there (no doubt lifted from the Zorro Rides Again serial from the 1930’s).
For a character who already looked cool, this art makes him even cooler and more menacing. Each one of these looks like it could be the cover for any given badass old school pulp adventure story. It succeeds by doing what any good pulp art should do. When you look at it, you think anything could happen in this story. It’s full of undetermined exotic locations, intrigue and the feeling that nothing is off limits.
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