THE ART OF THE CLASSIC WESTERN MOVIE POSTER

Acknowledging the iconic, but with plenty of room for the rare and unfamiliar, The Art of the Classic Western Movie Poster presents poster art created for hundreds of classic (and not-so-classic) westerns produced from 1903 to 1978. More than 800 images—many reproduced as full page—make this the most comprehensive book of western-movie poster art ever published, as well as the definitive history of a genre often underestimated for its impact on American audiences.

The book begins with a fact-heavy introduction that details how western movies became popular as a result of America’s fascination with the Wild West, as portrayed in dime novels and pulp-fiction magazines. How and when the genre archetypes—white hat vs. black hat, the cowboy’s love for his horse, the western hero as roving do-gooder—were fixed is discussed. The difference between “A” and “B” movies and which westerns fit into those categories are also explained (“A’s” including such movies as Stagecoach, Destry Rides Again, and True Grit, and “B’s” featuring such cowboy heroes as Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Wild Bill Elliott, and more). Each chapter devotes a special feature to a specific western star, writer, director, stuntman, or leading lady.

This unique book is a celebration of the American motion picture’s first and most enduringly popular genre, based on the author’s half-century of research.

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