|Jack Rickard's first film poster, from 1963|
Long-time MAD editor, and the author of the seminal "The Art of Humorous Illustration" Nick Meglin on Jack Rickard: "My appreciation of Jack Rickard's work was that he could do such terrific work in every medium to give us the special look we needed for each piece--line work here, a funny rendered "Ad" parody there, etc."
MAD writer Frank Jacobs on Jack Rickard: "Jack Rickard was a joy to work with and a talent like no other."
|Alfred E. Neuman morphing into MAD publisher William M. Gaines|
J.R. also enjoyed a career (beginning in 1963), as one of the most in-demand film comedy poster artists, (at first exclusively with United Artists), lasting through the seventies and into the eighties. It's his film poster work I'll be showcasing here. Along with Jack Davis, Frank Frazetta, Sanford Kossin (all of whose film poster work I've recently blogged about), and to a lesser extent Mort Drucker, J.R. turned out many terrific, fun and innovative movie poster images. Jack's career at MAD lasted only 22 years, beginning in 1962, with his last illustrated piece running in 1984. He died of cancer in 1983 at age 61. At that time, J.R. had become MAD's main cover artist, having taken over from the late, great Norman Mingo.
|cover art by Jack Rickard|
I hope you enjoy the terrific film poster art (plus a few extra rare items) of the great Jack Rickard. Some of the posters will be familiar and some will hopefully be new to you (many were to me).
|also from 1963, a long forgotten Italian comedy. Mel Brooks narrated the trailer!|
|a forgotten caper film comedy from 1965 with a fun J.R. poster|
|from 1966, a Billy Wilder hit, poster art by Jack Rickard|
|from 1967, a great cast, and another " It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" inspired comedy, and J.R.'s most elaborate poster art to date. Produced by Moe Howard's son-in-law!|
|a Bob Hope/Phyllis Diller "comedy" from 1968|
|Jack was hired in 1969 to do the original poster art for "Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" which was ultimately not used. But he enjoyed the last laugh when MAD asked him to do their cover parody of the film in 1970.|
|the original J.R. art|
|another popular Jack Lemmon comedy (based on the work of James Thurber) from 1972|
|the newspaper add for the film|
|from 1974, the sequel to "The Three Musketeers" (in case that needed to be explained)|
|the Yugoslav poster and a closer look at J.R.'s art... and Raquel Welch's boobs|
|from 1974, a Peter Sellers comedy, original title: "Soft Beds, Hard Battles" (Oy vey)|
|A second version with additional J.R. caricatures of 6 Peter sellers in various disguises.|
|J.R. created several versions of poster art for this popular Sidney Poitier comedy with an all-star black cast, also from his busy year of 1974|
|Jack's poster art for the sequel from 1975. Sanford Kossin also created a poster image for this film (see my blog on Kossin)|
|J.R. was hired to create the poster art for another all-star black film comedy, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" in 1976 for Motown films, which was ultimately not used|
|more unused art created for "Bingo Long"|
|terrific artwork created for "The Ritz" (1976), for some reason unused|
|J.R. art done in 1978 for the poster for "Movie Movie" starring George C. Scott, but not used|
|J.R. poster art created for the 1980 Martin Mull/Tuesday Weld/Tommy Smothers comedy "Serial" (directed by the legendary comedy writer Bill Persky), though finally not used.|
|Jack Rickard's final poster illustration, a Dudley Moore all-star "Dud", also from 1980.|
Thanks to Nick Meglin, Sandy Kossin and Justin Humphreys