Posters for Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Detail from UK quad poster
Detail from UK quad poster

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS was directed by Don Chaffey, produced by Charles H. Schneer, and featured a great cast, including Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Honor Blackman, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis (my favourite Zeus!), Patrick Troughton, Douglas Wilmer, Michael Gwynn and Nigel Green (a really good Hercules!)

Harpy alert!
Harpy alert!

This is one of Ray Harryhausen’s very, very best movies! Boasting a well-paced plot, a wonderful Bernard Herrmann score and memorable stop-motion creatures, including Talos and the Harpies. The many-headed Hydra that guards the fleece is a very well-designed creation and is probably my favourite stop-motion movie beast.

Talos!
Talos!
The Hydra is a gorgeous-looking critter!
The Hydra is a gorgeous-looking critter!

The sword fight between Jason and a couple of his Argonauts versus seven grimacing skeletons is a truly exciting and memorable moment in fantasy cinema. For me, this is the best stop-motion sequence of all time!

Up come the skeletons!
Up come the skeletons!
It's all about to kick off...
It’s all about to kick off…
Awesome sword fight!
Awesome sword fight!
Off with its head!
Off with its head!

Amazing stuff. Fantasy adventure movies don’t get better than this!

Here’s a selection of just some of the posters produced for the movie…

US one sheet poster
US one sheet poster
UK quad poster
UK quad poster
French poster
French poster
Spanish poster
Spanish poster
US one sheet poster
US one sheet poster
Italian poster
US 70s re-release poster
US 70s re-release poster
German poster
German poster
Finnish poster
Finnish poster
UK double bill quad poster for re-release of Jason and the Argonauts/Mysterious Island. I saw this double bill at the cinema! Woot!
UK quad poster for re-release of Jason and the Argonauts/Mysterious Island. I saw this double bill at the cinema! Woot!
Ghanaian hand-painted poster
Ghanaian hand-painted poster
Belgian poster
Belgian poster
US vertical format poster
US vertical format poster
Thai poster
Thai poster

A couple of limited-edition posters…

By Killian Eng
Poster by Killian Eng (he added too many skeletons!)
Poster by Olivier Courbet
Poster by Olivier Courbet

Some lobby cards…

Triton!
Triton!
Let's dance!
Let’s dance!
The Argo!
The Argo!
Zeus and Hera
Zeus and Hera
I hope he used deodorant...
I hope he used deodorant…

Some fotobustas (Italian version of lobby cards)…

Fotobusta
Fotobusta
Fotobusta
Fotobusta
Fotobusta
Fotobusta

Some VHS, DVD and Blu-ray covers…

VHS cover
VHS cover
Japanese VHS cover
Japanese VHS cover
UK VHS cover
UK VHS cover
Another UK VHS cover
Another UK VHS cover
US DVD cover
US DVD cover
Australian Blu-ray cover
Australian Blu-ray cover

Some Super 8mm box art…

I've got this one!
I’ve got this one!
Derann box art for Super 8mm colour/sound reel
Derann box art for Super 8mm colour/sound reel

Some acrylic paintings by Jamie Chase…

Talos painting
Talos
Harpy painting
Harpy

Finally, some Ray Harryhausen concept art for the movie…

the Hydra!
The Hydra!
Skeleton fight!
Skeleton fight!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: