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May 22nd, 2008 at 4:22 am

Indy IV Warm Up: Temple of Doom


Temple of Doom Poster

If I say that the main poster for Temple of Doom, drawn by Bruce Wolfe, is the weakest of the the main posters created for the first three Indys I hope you’ll understand that it only suffers because it is being compared to truly great achievements. The truth is that there is plenty of things to love about this poster.

The main strength of the poster is that it gets the Jones is back excitement just right. It and it does so simply by having Indiana standing there in the corner, entering some dangerous looking underground construction but still looking as calm as a man can possibly be. Yeah, he is back, and he is as cool as ever.

Much like the film this poster is darker and more serious than the usual for the series, even giving Indy a machete to go along with his whip. The endearing self-confidence is there, but the fun, the vistas, the amazement is lacking.

After the film had already been released it got another poster, this time from Drew Struzan, that was much more faithful to the spirit of the series.


Temple of Doom Poster

Struzan has said this is his favorite Indy poster, and I can see why. It was used on the DVD cover and because of that I imagine it will become more and more associated with the film.


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