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Bill Sienkiewicz 1992: Unforgiven movie poster

Bill Sienkiewicz discusses the project in Tales from the Edge #9

One of six color painted poster comps I did for Clint Eastwood’s revisionist western, (in addition to 12 black and white.) A photo montage was ultimately used as the poster but working on it was still an invaluable experience. I did several movie posters for European release (the American versions of those films were also photo). I came away mourning that at least for the time being in the US illustrated movie posters like those I fell in love with as a student, were dead in the water. The emphasis seems to be on giving only the absolutely essential info: in as blatant a way as possible. Subtlety or beauty of design is the kiss of death. All the posters seem to be one or two big head shots of the stars, usually side lit and cut exactly down the middle with no background or environment for the heads and the title usually only slightly larger than the star’s name. Subtle, it ain’t.

Even though a poster like that for Apocalypse Now by Robert Peak used large heads and other background elements similar to what I describe here, the final effect was one of pure artistry and intelligence. It conveyed the emotion of the film to me far more effectively than a photo could have. Add to that, the human touch that it was done by hand and extremely well thought out, instead of what feels to me like current trend of stamping out cookie cutter photo clones… ah, hell, don’t get me started.

(Source: comicartistevolution)


On this day in History September 6, 1976: Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, a pilot with the 513th Fighter Regiment, 11th Air Army, based in Chuguyevka, Primorsky Krai, Russia finished flying maneuvers with his Mig-25 jet plane and instead of heading back to base, he decided to make a fateful detour. 

Lieutenant Belenko flew the secret Mig-25 towards the Japanese island of Hokkaido, landing his plane at a civilian airport in Hakodate. The article The Defection of Viktor Belenko: The Use of International Law to Justify Political Decisions by James P. Eyster, II from the Fordham International Law Journal Volume 1, Issue 1 1977 Article 3 describes what happened next:

Though two drag chutes were employed to aid in braking, the jet rolled past the end of the mile-long runway, knocking down two short antennae before coming to a halt. The pilot emerged from the cockpit, fired two warning pistol shots, and shouted his intentions: to defect from the U.S.S.R. and receive asylum in the United States.

Belenko was the first Soviet pilot to defect with his plane.

Belenko would indeed receive asylum from the United States while the West had their hands on the elusive Mig-25 jet fighter. To this day he still lives in the United States.

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