Post by FixedInPost on Apr 14, 2017 9:26:59 GMT -5
Does anyone out there have any info on the history behind these fantastic posters? Love to know who the artist was, how many were made, etc. Whatever you can fill me in on. They are really impressive pieces of art.
Post by Mr. Ginrai on Apr 14, 2017 14:33:52 GMT -5
They were enlarged versions of artwork for/from TV Magazine in japan. I know they were used as store displays, but they were a production item/sold at retail as there are usually too many available to be a sample. I don't know/don't remember the artist's name.
The posters are all large Japanese size format. They would need to be custom framed as any pre-sized large American poster frames would not fit and would require the posters to be trimmed/cut down, which you don't want to do.
There are four - grendizer (shown above), daiku maryu (shown above), gaiking, and gakeen (both the gaiking and gakeen posters are standing poses like the grendizer).
I have the daiku maryu one and generally that one or the grendizer is considered to be the best looking poster.
There is also a variant of the grendizer that has a large grey border on the bottom, which makes me think it was added to reduce the main image size for American frames - I have seen this version in person but never measure it to confirm. This version is more common and looks ugly with the border in my opinion.
There is a vintage jeeg poster that looks similar but is not part of the set. It was either done by the same artist, or in the same art style of the other posters.
Post by Mr. Ginrai on Apr 14, 2017 17:09:53 GMT -5
The posters aren't super difficult to find, there are a lot out there. Most people have no idea what they are or think they're worth $500 and they are not. It's finding them in decent shape/without damage that's tough.
Personally I would never pay more than $200 if I was desperate for one. Although you will see eBay sales sometimes that end high; most of these are bought for much less than you'd think. I paid very little for my daiku one.
Post by FixedInPost on Apr 15, 2017 10:30:39 GMT -5
Found this post on Facebook from August Ragone about the Grendizer poster:
August Ragone: It's a great, iconic poster. FYI, Honolulu-based Marukai Trading Company had nothing to do with licensing said poster. They distributed them in Hawaii, California, and other points in the States where they distributed Japanese toys and character goods (such as Chicago and NYC). There was no "license" per se in distributing these posters. Picked up mine (as well as a Gaiking) at San Francisco's Japantown back in the late '70s. And we had these in stock at Kimono My House over in Emeryville through the early 2000s (Susan still might have some on hand, but I don't know what they're going for, if she does).
Post by repairtechjon on May 20, 2017 8:37:46 GMT -5
Some "older" 50-70yr old collectors that I've talked to at toy shows, collected some of the Japanese stuff in the 60s thru 80s, before most of us were collectors, and some of those posters were bought , and now show up at various auction houses when collections of toys & memorabilia get sold off. The few that I've gotten have not been on ebay,but those auction houses. Funny, they used generally go for $50-100 each. I'm not surprised, the market has gotten more hot these years.
Post by FixedInPost on Jun 29, 2017 8:32:31 GMT -5
This is B2 size, 20x29 with no folds. Looks like it was rolled. The picture I uploaded was one I found online, not the poster I bought. I haven't actually received the auctioned poster yet. Here is a picture of the actual poster. It does however, have Columbia Records printed on the bottom. So I assume it was part of a record set. And yes, it's very "Star Wars". I think that is why I like it.