MOVIE POSTER COLLECTORS AUTHENTICATION

SPIDERMAN 1 (WORLD TRADE CENTER) ADVANCE

ONE SHEET MOVIE POSTER AUTHENTICATION

 

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The advance one sheets for Spiderman 1 are highly-prized by movie poster collectors because the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) is prominently reflected in Spiderman’s left eye.  The studio designed and distributed them before September 11, 2001, and ordered them taken down the day after the tragic events of 9/11.  These posters immediately became collectors items and, not surprisingly, double-sided reprints began appearing.  (There is some debate whether the reprints were official sanctioned.)

The studio printed three versions of this poster, as shown below, with correct measurements of the originals:

North America

“3 May 2002” tagline

26 3/4” (W) x 39 3/4” (H)

International

“Coming 2002” tagline

26 3/4” (W) x 39 11/16” (H)

South America

“2002” tagline

26 3/4” (W) x 39 3/4” (H)

The easiest and most fool-proof way to avoid the bootlegs & reprints is to buy a double-sided copy where the reverse is substantially lighter/whiter on the back then the front.  (The studios print posters this way to enhance their appearance in lightboxes.) Below are pictures of the front and back of my copy of an original “Coming 2002” double-sided one sheet. The difference between the front and back is dramatic and unmistakable:

FRONT (NOTICEABLY YELLOWER/DARKER THAN REVERSE)

REVERSE (NOTICEABLY LIGHTER/WHITER THAN FRONT)

By contrast on ALL double-sided bootlegs & reprints the back is the EXACT mirror image of the front.  So the crucial question to ask of a seller is: “IS THE REVERSE AN EXACT MIRROR IMAGE OR IS IT LIGHTER/WHITER THAN THE FRONT?”

There are other, less important, ways to distinguish the reprints/bootlegs.  English language originals all have the following text at the bottom of the poster: “PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION, OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED” (my picture below):

By contrast reprints state:  “PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.” (Note the omission of “Sale,....”)

For a more detailed authentication of this poster, additional differentiations, and more background, see Morphine’s authentication at MoviePosterAuthenticating.com.