Tom Jung (born February 13, 1942) is an American art director, graphic designer and illustrator. He is noted as the designer of the Style A poster advertising the theatrical release of Star Wars in US cinemas.
Jung is credited with designing a number of film posters, including Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Gone With The Wind (1967 re-release), The Omen (1976) and The Lord of the Rings (1978).
In 1977, 20th Century Fox commissioned Smolen, Smith and Connolly to produce posters to promote the forthcoming film Star Wars, and Jung was chosen to produce the artwork. He was given the brief of "good over evil," and provided with a wealth of photos taken by unit photographers in color and black & white, as well as 2.25-inch stills on contact sheets taken from the original 35mm print of the film. Jung's work was used as the one-sheet Style A theatrical poster for the film's advertising campaign. According to Jung, the unlikely "cross" formed by Luke Skywalker's saber sword set against the ghosted background image of Darth Vader seemed to him like a good solution to the "good" versus "evil" theme.
In 1980, Lucasfilm commissioned him to design a theater poster for The Empire Strikes Back, depicting a standing Darth Vader with a billowing cape. Jung also he created an unused poster concept for Return of the Jedi, which featured an image of the second Death Star exploding.
The original painting hangs in a private section on the lower level of the Skywalker Ranch.[source?]