Self-pronounced supergeek and pop culture artist extraordinaire Juan Ortiz is most recently known for his projects involving the creation of retro-style episode posters for iconic sci-fi shows like Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Ortiz' unique vision and inspirations range everywhere from groovy old album art and Hollywood feature films, to vintage theater Playbills and pulp novel covers.
His latest project set him adrift in the classic TV world of Irwin Allen's iconic '60s sci-fi adventure series, Lost in Space, where he designed movie-style posters for all 94 episodes showcasing the characters, aliens, and worlds revealed in the seminal family space odyssey.
London-based Titan Books will release a deluxe volume of this epic undertaking on Aug. 7, which compiles every one of these nostalgic posters in a prestige-format coffee-table book titled, Lost in Space: The Art of Juan Ortiz. The 112-page hardcover edition collects the entire series of striking, reimagined artworks, with each poster displaying a different aesthetic taken from old movie one-sheets, comic books, advertising art, and trippy blacklight posters.
"For Lost in Space I drew inspiration from American and Polish film posters, '60s comic books, paperback covers, and the works of artists like Jack Kirby, Saul Bass, and Shag, just to name a few," Ortiz told SYFY WIRE. "I discovered the original series when I was about age 10 – it was a comic book come to life! Forty-five years later, the show still continues to delight, thrill and even scare me."
Check out our exclusive preview of these weirdly wonderful Lost in Space episode posters in the full gallery below and tell us if you''ll take a "danger-filled" trip back to the psychedelic '60s aboard the Jupiter 2 spaceship with the intrepid Robinson family!
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