The Invisible Man (Universal, 1933). Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Style B. Karoly Grosz Artwork.
Heritage is excited and pleased to present this first time offer to this gorgeous stone litho poster to one of the classics of Universal horror. One of only a small handful of this style poster known to exist! By 1933 Universal Studios had scored a tremendous success with their push into the horror arena with films based on classics such as Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931), both relying on horrific makeup and gore. With The Invisible Man they turned their eye toward special effects as the fright factor in this glorious adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel. The studio brought in the director who made the “Frankenstein Monster” so exciting, James Whale. He brought to the horror film a tongue-in-cheek element which almost 85 years after the film’s release makes it so very enjoyable. Claude Rains, who only appears on camera briefly in the film but whose voice is the epitome of pure evil, is brilliant in the role of a scientist whose work drives him mad. Yet it is the special effects that are the stars of this film. Though appearing somewhat primitive by today’s CGI standards one can only imagine the jaw-dropping impact the effects of wizard John Fulton and his team produced in 1933. This beautiful poster has been professionally conserved. The stone litho one sheet no longer shows some slight fold wear and separation, a few very minor chips, small tears, and bits of surface wear above the studio text at the bottom. There has been professional touchup applied to parts of the borders, some of which shows small cracks. The poster shows a few thin mat shadows, from when it was once displayed. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this magnificent image.