TOR JOHNSON 2011 fine art print / edition of 25 / $235.00
Tor Johnson (1903-1971) was a pro wrestler ("The Super Swedish Angel") immortalized by his role as police inspector-cum-zombie Daniel Clay in Ed Wood, Jr.'s bizarre 1959 film Plan 9 From Outer Space. Prior to Plan 9, Johnson had worked in 29 films since 1934 (including the Crosby-Hope classic Road to Rio), but after his legendary star turn for Wood's cameras, he appeared in just one more released film. No matter, his cult status was secured by Plan 9 and his immortality burnished by recurring posthumous appearances in the early comics of Drew Friedman.

Despite his brutish on-screen persona, Johnson garnered affection for his cooperative, gentlemanly off-screen demeanor: Tor often went for drinks with his wrestling opponents, and he and his wife Greta were renowned for hosting lavish Swedish dinners. Actress Valda Hansen, who co-starred with Johnson in Revenge of the Dead (1959), described Tor as "like a big sugar bun." Wrestler George "The Animal" Steele portrayed Tor in Tim Burton's Ed Wood biopic.

This portrait of Tor in the heavens was rendered for the back cover of the 2012 reprint of Drew Friedman's first book, Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental.
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Only twenty-five (25) prints of TOR JOHNSON were produced for this edition. Each full-color print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold print numbers 1/25 thru 16/25, and are now offering numbers 17/25 thru 20/25, unframed, for $235 each (plus shipping & handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 13-7/8" high x 10" wide on an untrimmed 17" x 11" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.