Monsterous. Masterpiece. Missing.
The Jaws poster is one of the most iconic, influential and terrifying images ever put on canvas - and it is missing! The poster's artist Roger Kastel has been trying to find his original work for a few years and we desperately want to help Roger to be reunited with his masterpiece. There have been many stories as to where the artwork may be but no success yet. Could you know where this masterpiece is?
In 1974, Roger's work was not yet recognized globally but that was about to change in a big way when he accepted the challenge of illustrating the paperback cover of Peter Benchley’s bestselling classic JAWS for Bantam Books. Universal Studios, so impressed by the work, purchased the right to use this image as the poster for the movie. This was the first time that a poster image became a merchandising product in itself. Forty years later Roger’s illustration is still as instantly recognized throughout the world as when it first exploded onto the scene.
Roger’s reputation as a top flight illustrator now made its way to Hollywood, and he was asked to paint the movie poster for George Lucas' highly anticipated sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back. This poster also became an instant classic and is considered one of the most influential movie posters every produced.