Fantastic Coca-Cola Star Wars/Burger Chef Posters (1977)

Growing up I was intimately familiar with the great sets of Star Wars drinking glasses sold at Burger King, with the Empire Strikes Back collection being my favorite. If you need a reminder, here’s an ad for the 1977 edition:

But what I didn’t know about until very recently was the series of beautiful posters from which the design on those glasses was borrowed. Although these are listed as being produced for Burger Chef rather than Burger King.

The artwork on these four beauties is credited to Del Nichols, and boy did he do one hell of a job. Let’s look:

Luke Skywalker Star Wars/Burger Chef Poster (1977)

Luke Skywalker

R2-D2 & C-3PO Star Wars/Burger Chef Poster (1977)

R2-D2 & C-3PO

Del Nichols

These are all so very gorgeous, but if I had to pick a favorite I’d go with the Darth Vader poster, featuring Grand Moff Tokin.

As great as the original movie posters are, I’d hang these bad boys in my office in a heartbeat. And sure enough, there’s a great vintage TV ad for these too: