Hungarian Painter Tibor Helenvi’s Controversial Star Wars Posters Auctioned

Check out some of these original and amazing oil paintings of the Star Wars trilogy created by Hungarian painter, Tibor Helenvi, thanks to the Budapest Poster Gallery. These Hungarian Star Wars movie posters were auctioned off earlier today, and now you can take a closer look at them. They were created for the original trilogy in 1979, 1981 and 1984 — and they are extremely rare.

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

It was rumored that when Helényi’s artwork is discussed it is often assumed that he probably hadn’t even watched the movies before he painted these poster artworks. He refuted these accusations, saying that he did see–and enjoyed–all of the movies, but he did not want to paint posters similar to the Western European and US posters, so he let his imagination and his own artistic vision work. He even added extraneous elements to the posters, just for his own amusement.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Luke in his X-Wing starfighter attacks the weak point of Death Star:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The hand of Darth Vader, holding his lightsaber:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

A confusing easter egg. This scimitar holding tusked monster was created by Helényi, basically just for fun:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The head of Darth Vader:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

A major spoiler, the destruction of the Death Star:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Imperial Star Destroyer:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Two AT-AT Imperial Walkers:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Tie fighters shooting lasers:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Imperial troopers led by Darth Vader:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Imperial trooper on a speeder bike:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Star Destroyer:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Another tusked creature added by Helényi:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Shuttlecraft:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The second Death Star under construction, depicted as Darth Vader’s eye:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

The Hungarian movie poster for Ridley Scott’s Alien

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

A spaceship, not seen in the movie:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Face of an alien creature, straight from Helényi’s mind:

The Original Art Behind Some of the Craziest Star Wars Posters

Source: io9

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