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Playing Card Art: Playing Cards by Tom Whalen

These are several playing cards designed by the American artist, Tom Whalen, as posters dedicated to different monsters in cinema.

The Queen of Spades is represented by the Queen from the Alien(s) franchise. The franchise was started by the eponymous science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott (1974). The film tells the story about a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. The Alien and its accompanying elements were designed by Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger. This film got such a high success that it gave birth to the series of sequels.

The second film in the series was Aliens (1986). It was directed by James Cameron and was focused more on action. With the help of marines, the main heroine of the series, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), confronts hordes of Aliens on a planetoid. Aliens was the first film in this series which represented the Queen of Aliens.

© Tom Whalen 2013

The Queen of Spades – The Queen of Aliens

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Playing Cards and Cinema: Beast in a Neon Cage Playing Cards by Jon Wong

This deck of playing cards was designed by Jon Wong in 2010 as a part of the Beast in a Neon Cage film festival visitor’s complete set of presents.

Beast in a Neon Cage is the name of a film festival project for legendary cult director Seijun Suzuki. The name for the festival is a metaphor for the characters that appear in Suzuki’s films: gangsters and crooks who on the surface appear civilized, but underneath are wild beasts that are stuck in the “neon cage” of the Tokyo nightlife. Building on that idea and the psychedelic imagery of his films, the festival’s visuals burst with color. The sharp angles reflect the on-screen chaos and the cartoon imagery hints at the dark humor that frequents Suzuki’s work. Finally, the packaging of the products uses raw wood on the outside to mimic the sophisticated veneers of these characters, but inside they explode with color, achieved through the use of various sheets of colored plastic.” ~ Jon Wong

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Playing Card Art: Film Directors Playing Cards by Tim Luecke

Tim Luecke was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s 4-hour Personal Journey through American Movies and decided to design a deck of playing cards featuring influential film directors from the past century, along with stylized versions of some of their most famous shots. So it was natural that the first person in Film Directors Playing Card Deck was Martin Scorsese – the Ace of Spades and the King of Spades.

Tim Luecke is an Intern at Marvel Entertainment, Student at Fordham University and, as he says, “art person at heart“. His project is active. You can see below several finished playing cards (two editions of them).

© Tim Luecke

The King of Spades – Martin Scorsese

Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor and film historian. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time. He founded a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation in 1990 – the Film Foundation. Then Martin founded the World Cinema Foundation in 2007. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and DGA Awards.

The Ace of Spades – a stylized version of Martin’s Raging Bull (1980) with Robert De Niro.

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Playing Cards and Cinema: Horrors – Notations #1

Playing cards dedicated to horror movies – notations #1:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Friday the 13th
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Saw

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DeviantART: Playing Cards by Benjamin Arce

  • Nintendo Playing Cards by Benjamin Arce
  • Star Wars Playing Cards by Benjamin Arce

NINTENDO PLAYING CARDS

Playing cards based on characters form Nintendo’s games and designed by the American artist Benjamin Arce (benarce).

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company and one of the world’s largest video game companies. Originally it was founded as a card company in late 1889.

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong

These characters are from the Donkey Kong series of arcade games developed by Nintendo. The first arcade game was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and released in 1981.

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Playing Card Art: James Bond Playing Cards by Joe DiLeonardo

Joe DiLeonardo designed these playing cards as an entry for SuperPunch’s James Bond Art Jam, He figured a collector’s edition luxury playing cards seemed like a good idea, with each one of the suits for one of his favorite Bond actors, one of their Bond girls and one of their villains. The cards (project) should have a matte finish on the backgrounds, while the suit, value and art should have a glossy finish.

© Joe DiLeonardo

Kings

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Playing cards by Matt Busch

Matt Busch (born 1972) is an American artist. He had graduated from Macomb with an Associate of Arts degree in Graphic and Commercial Art in 1993. He also joined the Los AngelesArtAcademy and received a Bachelor Degree from the Art Center College of Design.

Matt lived in Los Angeles and worked on Hollywood in ’90s. Later he moved in Northern Detroit area and founded his own company Planetmatt Entertainment. Matt continues to work on Hollywood projects but also he has his own projects (filmmaking, comics and art).

This deck of playing cards is 54 iconic Pop culture images from the “Rock Star of Illustration”. It concludes 54 different Busch’s artworks.

The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 Jokers. Poker size. Playing cards are printed on casino cardboard with semi-smooth glossy finish (laminated).

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