Friday the 13th (1980)
Original poster design by Alex Ebel and Spiros Angelikas
The fear of Friday the 13th has been called “Friggatriskaidekaphobia” (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named in English and “triskaidekaphobia” meaning fear of the number thirteen). According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century. One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of divine organizational arrangement, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock day; whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. (source: Wikipedia)
Alex Ebel (1932-2013) was an accomplished science fiction and fantasy illustrator. Known best for his Friday the 13th work, Ebel’s portfolio is filled with classic science fiction illustration of another era. A quick google search of his work makes you feel that this guy was the “Drew Struzan” of science fiction throughout the last half of the 20th century.
For the Friday the 13th poster design, Mr. Ebel was commissioned by Spiros Angelikas, owner of the marketing firm Spiros Associates. Spiros had drafted the outline concept for the poster, while Alex Ebel completed the final painting of the poster concept. (source: Fridaythe13thFranchise)
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