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Top Vintage Science Fiction Posters

Updated on March 13, 2011

A long long time ago....

Occasionally I run across an old ad or poster. These are always a picture into our past. When I look at these posters, it just looks like somebody had fun making them. No fancy digital graphics, just old fashioned drawing. Anyway, here are some cool ones that I have ran across.

In the fifties and sixties, science fiction was considered to be trash literature by professional writers. It was looked upon the same way back then like we look at romance novels and westerns today. Budgets for movies were small and serious actors avoided working with science fiction. Actors and directors had to make up for their small budgets with a bit of camp and humor.

Just looking at a few of these posters will give you an idea of what was going on back then. Here are a few of these vintage science fiction posters:

  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars
  • Devil Girls from Mars
  • First Spaceship on Venus
  • Flash Gordon
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Invasion of the Saucer-Men
  • Marooned
  • Mission Mars
  • Not of this Earth
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space

Notice the preoccupation with Mars. This was due to an early scientist thinking that he had seen canals on the planet. The media and movies like Invaders From Mars played upon this idea and the fear of the unknown.

Watching most of these old movies is very boring and tedious. Today, we have bigger budgets, better technology, and more professionalism in the science fiction that is produced. There are a few movies though that stand out. For instance, if you can ignore some of the archaic background props, Forbidden Planet is a serious movie with a good plot. A few people have considered the movie to be a technological version of The Tempest by Shakespeare.

If you are looking for a movie that summarizes the camp of the fifties and sixties, then check out Flash Gordon. Although this movie was made and released in about 1980, it was directed and produced by people with a much earlier mindset. The movie is fairly fast paced and will keep you laughing at the many campy lines performed by some very serious actors.


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  • Julie2 profile image

    Julie2 6 years ago from New York City

    I love Queen! Its funny because I was singing along to the music to the movie and my husband just laughed.

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    Pente 6 years ago from Planet Earth

    I saw a Blue-Ray version of Flash Gordon on the torrents a few days ago and I really enjoyed watching it. That is what motivated me to do this hub and the Flash Gordon hub. If you can view the movie as a product of the times, it is absolutely great. It is also a great background movie for a party, especially since the music sound track was done by Queen.

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    Julie2 6 years ago from New York City

    I remember seeing Flash Gordon in the movies. Back then it was amazing. I saw it the other day. At first I thought that I was going to be disappointed bacause I have gotten so used to all of the graphics and special FX from today. I still got excited like I did back then, it really wasn't that bad watching it over 20 years later.