Check Out This Awesome 1976 King Kong Japanese Poster Artwork By John Berkey!

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.


The John Berkey theatrical poster artwork like you see above was used for most everything related to advertising the 1976 remake of King Kong. It was on the cover of the board game, puzzles, and collector’s drinking glasses from the Burger Chef restaurants. Thanks to an eagle-eyed Retroist fan who pointed us to The Bristol Board Tumblr page we can now see the original artwork by John Berkey that was used for the Japanese Movie Poster!

Image courtesy of the Bristol Board Tumblr.

Image courtesy of the Bristol Board Tumblr.

It would go through a little bit of a change as the always awesome IMP Awards shares with us below.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

So which theatrical poster image do you prefer?

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7 thoughts on “Check Out This Awesome 1976 King Kong Japanese Poster Artwork By John Berkey!

  1. Dudley88 says:

    I like the one where Kong is on the World Trade Center. When I was a kid, I had the same image on a cereal bowl.
    But the text is a little inaccurate–how can you call it original when it’s a remake?

  2. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    That is a great poster. Man I missed 1970s movie posters. Today’s posters are awful.

  3. All the poster artwork for ’76 Kong had a gritty, threatening feel to it; the one with Kong straddling the Twin Towers even induces vertigo!

  4. I think I would go for the Japanese poster as well, Retroist!

    Dudley88, the original artwork for said Japanese poster is original, not touched up like in the poster that was actually released, doesn’t matter if the 1976 film is a remake or not. :)

    Six Million Dollar Jedi and RetroArt you are both 100% correct, my friends!

  5. Awesome artwork! I love Berkey’s illustrations for Dino’s (over) ambitious film! Now, who here actually saw this in the theater during it’s original run besides me?

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