The History of Mondo Part 1: The 13 Greatest Mondo Movie Posters So Far…

North By Northwest – 2007 – Jeff Kleinsmith 

Even if you’ve never seen Hitchcock’s masterpiece starring Cary Grant as a regular Joe mistaken for a secret agent, you’ve surely seen the iconic sequence where Grant runs away from an airplane while still looking impeccable in suit and tie. Another Rolling Roadshow entry, this time at Mount Rushmore, North By Northwest is simply a fantastic film that deserves a great poster. Luckily, Jeff Kleinsmith delivered with a minimalist take on the classic scene which draws similarities to Olly Moss’ work. This is simply a beautiful print.

Goldfinger – 2007 – Todd Slater

Man, the 2007 Rolling Roadshow was a kick-ass year for both screenings and posters. Of course the Alamo Drafthouse took a print of Goldfinger and showed it at Fort Knox. Of course they did. No other movie theater in the world can pull off the sort of hijinks that the Drafthouse pulls on a regular weekend, let alone when they really put their mind to something. Todd Slater turned in a fantastic print for the screening featuring Sean Connery’s Bond made entirely out of gold bricks. I have to assume the print used metallic inks for the gold, making it stand out from the background of muted screenshots even more. Just looking at the low-res 2D image on the website, it has almost a 3D effect to it with the Bond face standing out from the background almost as if it’s actually a little closer to you and the background is a little farther away. Mondo went on to use this image on a t-shirt as well.

Robocop – 2008 – Tyler Stout

In 2008, the Alamo ran a series called Big Screen Sci-Fi Classics. They had to show Robocop and they decided to commission a poster as well to go along with the screening. Possibly the very best poster on the list, Tyler Stout’s Robocop poster was groundbreaking for Mondo, marking the first time the art boutique tried screen-printing on different materials. D&L did the work, producing one of Mondo’s smallest print runs ever. Alongside the standard screen-printed posters, they created 35 posters printed on sheet metal. Bitches leave, indeed. JFC auteur Brian Salisbury and I actually have one of the coveted 35 and it hangs above our fireplace from a frame his wife handmade with lights that make it glow red from the edges. This is an incredible work of art.

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