The Pulp Corner returns! I apologize for its (and my) absence but I recently bought a house and it turns out stripping the walls of the Evil Lair isn’t as simple as one may think. Anyway, the Silver Screen Heroes art series has been making the rounds lately and it’s one that immediately caught my eye. Artist Joe Phillips has taken blockbuster comic book movies as well as imagined ones and reenvisioned them as period films of yesteryear. He also designed retro styled movie posters and cast them with the era appropriate actors. It’s a lot of things I love all wrapped into one package.
Film noir has always been a world unto itself, a dark shadowy world full of cigarette smoke, booze and femme fatales. Its posters are no different. Unfortunately for us, hand drawn and painted movie posters are all but a lost art. It’s amazing the time and care that use to go into producing them. Each movie studio had their own distinct style when it came to advertising their films, which I hope comes across here. I’ve attempted to round up 10 of the best and most visually appealing along with my personal favorites. It wasn’t easy to narrow down and a lot ended up being left on the cutting room floor. Which opens up room for a sequel post….
Without further adieu:
The Mark of Zorro was the movie Bruce Wayne’s parents saw the night they were murdered. I figured if it was good enough for them to watch, it was good enough for me. Zorro is one of those classic pulp heroes that I’m completely familiar with despite not having seen a single movie or reading a comic, novel etc. All things considered that’s pretty impressive and speaks volumes of his reputation. I would wager in most average households people are more familiar with (at least) the image of Zorro over the genre’s staple, The Shadow. The 1940 version of this movie is widely considered the best film interpretation of his legend, so I decided to start with it.