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

Star Wars TS and Star Wars OM – 2010 – Tyler Stout and Olly Moss

I’m cheating again since there are actually 6-9 prints here (if you count variants) but how can we talk about the Star Wars Mondo prints without talking about the trilogy one-sheets? We can’t, obviously. To cap off a fascinating series of posters, Mondo teamed up with two titans of movie art, Tyler Stout and Olly Moss, to do one-sheets for each film of the original trilogy. The result was staggering. Stout’s posters are intricate and detailed with lots going on, while Moss’ are predictably more minimalistic but clever and creative with small flourishes. Both sets are beautiful, but I have to give the slight edge to Stout as we have his set hanging on our living room wall.

Dracula – 2011 – Martin Ansin

Mondo has done several prints of classic Universal monster films, and they seem to keep going back to artist Martin Ansin for most of these. And with good reason too, as Ansin has done some fabulous work. His print for The Mummy is amazing and the variant features the credits in actual correct Egyptian hieroglyphics. Mondo hired an expert to do the translation. But his Dracula print is certainly no slouch. It also marks another first for Mondo. While they had done variants printed on wood before this one, this was the first wood variant that was cut to a specific shape, namely a coffin. Yes, folks, Martin Ansin’s beautiful Dracula print was also made available in a variant version screen-printed on wood cut in the shape of a coffin. I covet this piece of art most of all.

My Neighbor Totoro – 2011 – Olly Moss

Another licensing partnership, this time with Studio Ghibli, allowed for this understated but awesome Olly Moss print for Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. I prefer the variant with the fluid Japanese lettering. There are plenty of Mondo Olly Moss prints to choose from and they’re all great, but this one stands just slightly above the rest of the pack.

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