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10. Ken Taylor  – Alice in Wonderland (24 x 36, edition of 490, Mondo)

Ken Taylor’s work is incomprehensible. There’s almost nothing the artist can’t do and this trippy, colorful explosion representing the Disney classic is proof of that. Seeing this poster online can’t do it justice. The detail and likenesses of the character are second to none. Plus, it’s so packed with things to look at, it simply never gets old. In that way, it’s also very appropriately tied to the film, which makes it even better.

Martin Ansin Batman 66 variant

9. Martin Ansin  – Batman 1966, Regular and Variant (24 x 36, edition of 375 and 175, Mondo)

2014 was the year the 60’s Batman show finally allowed licensing. There were toys, Blu-rays and this stunning poster by Martin Ansin. Ansin takes his realistic, moody style and filters it back through several decades to make this feel like it fits both when the show aired as well as today. You get to see all the characters you know and love together, represented in a familiar yet evocative and fun way.

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8. Joshua Budich – To See With Eyes Unclouded by Hate (18 x 24, edition of 100, Spoke Art)

Most of Joshua Budich’s work is recognizable. He’s got a beautiful, distinct way of capturing a subject that shines a kind of humanity on them. But this poster, for Princess Mononoke, is something totally different. It looks alive. There’s energy there, vibrancy, and it almost looks better than the Studio Ghibli film it represented. Almost.

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7. We Buy Your Kids –  White Men Can’t Jump (18 x 24, edition of 100, Mondo)

The fact there’s a poster for White Men Can’t Jump, at all, kind of ensured it would be on this list. It’s one of my favorite movies of the Nineties for a ton of reasons. It could have been an image of Wesley Snipes’ face and I would’ve been excited. But the cubism influenced work of We Buy Your Kids gives the movie an almost scary look. Has basketball gone to the characters head? Is he holding onto emptiness? I honestly don’t know but I love that this seemingly stupid movie was made into something this crazy and beautiful.

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6. Eric Tan  – Star Wars Trilogy (12 x 36, edition of 100, Disney)

This list has already touched on Star Wars twice, and it’s going to reference it much more directly soon. But first up is Eric Tan’s unique representation of the trilogy. The one downside to this print series is that it wasn’t made available at an affordable price point (you could only buy it framed for several hundred dollars on Disney’s site). But the art itself is jaw-dropping. Tan used the long, skinny size to give Star Wars the scope it deserves. Each image stream lines each film’s considerable imagery into a strong image showing the tasks Luke Skywalker must conquer in each film.

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