Rare 1978 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Promotional Poster By John Berkey!

There is nothing greater than coming upon an interesting item from your past that you never knew existed, well perhaps their is a greater feeling and that is when I get to share this with everyone. What you see above is a 1978 promotional poster for Star Trek: The Motion Picture that Paramount Pictures gave out before the film’s release in 1979. The artwork is by the late great John Berkey, notable illustrator for numerous Sci-Fi novels and poster artwork for Star Wars, The Towering Inferno, and Dino de Laurentiis’s King Kong!

I found this promotional poster for sale actually on Amazon.Com which states that Paramount Pictures is the one offering the posters though the seller is listed as Planet of Pop and includes this text and photo.

“Amazing Warehouse find! This is a 30 YEAR OLD Promo poster in MINT CONDITION and pulled from a brand new factory case (see photo in listing of actual poster pulled from factory case)! You get ONE (1) of these rare posters for this price. Poster features large graphic image of the Starship Enterprise along with color photos of the stars of the film including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, James Doohan, Walter Koenig and Stephen Collins. This iconic poster image was created by renowed artist, John Berkey (August 13, 1932 – April 29, 2008) who was known for his space and science fiction-themed works. Some of Berkey’s best-known work includes much of the original poster art for the Star Wars trilogy, Irwin Allen’s The Towering Inferno, Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 re-make of King Kong and also the “Old Elvis Stamp”. You will not find this rare poster in better condition anywhere! Once sold out, they’re gone for good!”

Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

So what do you think? Which is the better poster for Star Trek: The Motion Picture? The promotional poster above or the actual theatrical poster?

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.
Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Updated: Friend of the Retroist site, Earl Green, was kind enough to tweet some additional information concerning the promotional poster: “Berkey actually did this artwork for aborted ST Phase II series;FX shots were very late,so studio used it for early movie promo.”


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