Posters commonly attributed to Amsel...that aren't by Amsel.

One of the great faults of the web is how easily (and widely) misinformation can be spread. Such is the case with Richard Amsel's illustrations, as, time and time again, I see that people mistakenly credit him for other artists' works. It's time to clear the air and shed a little light on those film posters often incorrectly identified as his...


Even a number of leading movie poster art websites have wrongly credited this one to Amsel; it's style certainly evokes the late artist's work.

The truth, though, is that this poster was the work of Charles Gehm.


While Amsel did do an alternate poster for the 1974 film, this one above was made by artist Jim Pearsall.


The design of this poster is subject to more than a bit of controversy. When you compare Richard Amsel's original illustration, which was subsequently rejected by the studio, to the one used in the final poster, done by artist Drew Struzan, there's no denying an uncanny similarity.

Is it a case of two great minds thinking alike? Possibly. (In full disclosure, I've only heard one side of the story, and it's not my intension to throw out any accusations here.) But for those wishing to hear more about this subject, I discussed it in greater detail in an episode of the INDYCAST some time ago. Needless to say, they're both great posters, done by two great artists.


Though I don't know who created this poster, Dorian Hannaway has confirmed that this is NOT Richard Amsel's work, though it certainly evokes the artist's style during that period. That Amsel did a poster for Polanski's CHINATOWN might lead one to surmise his creating another illustration for the director...but alas.

If anyone knows the artist who created this piece, please send me an email.


Though Amsel did create a poster for this film (see here), the poster at left is not it.  I'm not sure who the artist was -- perhaps John Solie, John Berkey, or C.W. Taylor?