This year’s Cinema Poster Live Auction has over 300 posters, including an amazing selection of posters and original artwork from the collections of well-known comic-art artist Jock, Academy Award®-winning special effects cinematographer, Richard Edlund, former Lucasfilm Executive and Assistant Director Howard Kazanjian, and so much more!
So, sit back, relax, and get up-close and personal with some of our featured lots from the auction…
In recent years, it has become more common to find comic books serving as direct sources of inspiration for big budget movies and television. Comic books have also been key to the marketing approach to the launch of certain toy lines – helping to give each character personality and adventures that kids can imagine.
In this blog, we explore some of the back stories of original comic book art in Prop Store’s Toys, Comic Art & Collectibles Live Auction (March 4, 2020) that inspired the movies, television shows, and/or toys that we love!
Ask any toy collector which treasure they’d most like to own, and the chances are they’d all tell you the same thing: a rocket-firing Boba Fett.
The laconic intergalactic bounty hunter is widely regarded as the Star Wars saga’s coolest character, with his Spaghetti Western-style, jetpack armour and that iconic, narrow-slit helmet visor, which suggested a cruelty and merciless precision far beyond the Empire’s clumsy stormtroopers. But this isn’t why he’s so sought after in action-figure form. At least, not entirely.
The Coen brothers are always full of surprises. One moment they’re remaking Ealing comedy classic The Ladykillers, the next they’re adapting Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men. Over the years, they’ve made a baby-kidnap caper (Raising Arizona), reimagined Homer’s Odyssey as a Depression-era chain-gang musical (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and delighted in repeatedly casting George Clooney as increasingly stupid men. But their latest movie was arguably their biggest surprise yet. Mainly because everyone initially thought it was going to be a TV series.
Across three seasons of the groundbreaking series Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the eponymous damaged heroine had to face some true demons, from a mind-controlling creep, to a full-on serial killer, to her own mom. In their own way, each of these antagonists reflects how showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and her team brought Jessica from the more heightened world of the comic book page to hard-hitting reality, dealing with serious themes while doling out crimefighting entertainment.
Toy collecting, it seems, has never been more popular. If TV shows like Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us or the Discovery Channel’s Toy Hunter are anything to go by, the power of nostalgia has driven more people than ever before to seek out playthings from their childhood, whether for the sheer gratification of their personal passion, or as a potential investment…
Marvel’s Jessica Jones was a watershed moment in Super Hero entertainment. We’d seen comic book characters tackle real-world issues before, but from its first season debut in 2015, the gritty, edgy Marvel show dug its nails deep into every piece of “reality” that could be approximated around its super-powered star.
For many, a quintessential part of the James Bond “experience” is the music. Whether it’s the staccato theme tune, John Barry’s soaring soundtracks or Bond songs by the likes of Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney or Adele, the Bond soundtracks have enduring appeal. In some cases, the vinyl record releases for the James Bond soundtracks were simply packaged with the artwork from the corresponding film posters, giving poster collectors a crossover appeal.
John Wick tells the tale of a retired hit man that is forced back into the underground world of assassins when he embarks on a merciless rampage to hunt down his adversaries. With the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend, John Wick fights to overcome the world’s top hit men and women in a stylish tale of revenge and redemption.
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By Dan Jolin
I spent 10 years in Azeroth. The world of Massively Multiplayer Online role-playing game World of Warcraft was immense, compelling, exciting and a great way to spend a long evening — whether that was hitting dungeons with your friends, exploring its lush jungles or barren wastes, or just hanging out down the inn in Stormwind’s Old District chatting with your guild buddies.
Despite its hero’s supernatural powers and fantastical origin, the props and costumes of Iron Fist reveal how the Marvel-Netflix show stayed gritty and realistic.
When Luke Cage first appeared on the pages of Marvel Comics in June 1972, he was heralded as “A strangely unique super-hero.” By modern sensibilities this was a rather clumsy way of highlighting the fact that the brawny, bulletproof, Harlem-based crime fighter was the first African-American hero to ever be given his own title. But it also could have described the way he dressed: in a canary-yellow shirt, with a chain-link belt and a metal tiara.
A movie doesn’t have to be set in the distant past, or envision a fantastical future to hook us with its world-building. Often, it’s just as interesting to see how film-makers and craftspeople represent modern-day reality on our screens, no matter how tough and unpalatable it may be.
Life is difficult in Host-occupied Los Angeles. When the mysterious, intergalactic force known as The Hosts arrived on Earth, they quickly sequestered the world’s population in to manageable blocs, complete with gigantic border walls and an oppressive regime of human collaborators. Though many citizens have chosen to live through the occupation as peacefully as possible, human resistance forces are what keep the Hosts actively on the offensive when it comes to protecting their new territory. Take a look at some of the Host-highlights from the Colony Auction.
Ever since Blade Runner, cinematic sci-fi dystopias have always been stylish world-building affairs. Many continue to be heavily influenced by the noir-ish, raincoat-and-neon feel of Ridley Scott’s classic, but some strike out in bold new directions, building their look around their own, unique ideas; movies like The Divergent Series — as Prop Store’s next exclusive auction certainly proves.
In a futuristic, dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on human virtues: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). The Divergent Series is a thrilling action-adventure and global blockbuster franchise from Lionsgate. Prop Store is thrilled to offer collectibles from The Divergent Series to millions of fans around the world for the first time. No matter your favorite character or faction, you will find something one-of-a-kind to take home today.
Prop Store’s current Vintage Toys And Collectibles Live Auction represents another ground-breaking first for the company. In bringing together 750 original production toys, international collectibles, posters, cast & crew items into one auction, it is the first time Prop Store has moved into the toy collecting space with a carefully curated selection from some of the world’s most beloved movies: Indiana Jones, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rambo and of course Star Wars.
Each of us falls in love with the playthings we encounter as children, many of them still treasured as we grow up and out of touch with our sense of play. But sometimes we give our toys away, or lose them, or sell them to make space – and immediately after, we regret it. Now, Prop Store is returning those lost collectibles to avid and amateur collectors alike with its latest auction: a cornucopia of vintage figures, trading cards, vehicles, proof sheets, and more pieces from every stage of toy production. Whether you prefer Star Wars or Buck Rogers, Topps or Mego, our 2019 Vintage Toys & Collectibles Live Auction offers selections from across the world of collecting. Here are just a few highlight examples from the auction.
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