Respected artist Noriyoshi Ohrai died earlier today, reports the Japanese media. You might not know his name, but you should know his work.

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Born in 1939, Ohrai illustrated a wide variety of works—from pulp fiction covers and history books to Hollywood blockbusters and video games.

He first really made a name for himself with his art for the international Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back poster.

[Image: Film On Paper via io9]

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And this 1982 re-release of Star Wars Episode IV:

[Image: Film On Paper]

Via the Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition Facebook page, here are more of his Star Wars illustrations:

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

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He also did one of the posters for The Goonies.

[Image via Branded in the 80s]

And for eight Godzilla movies.

[Image: Film On Paper]

[Image: Film On Paper]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

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I have to agree with Film On Paper that Ohrai was truly one of the greatest movie poster illustrators of all time.

Ohrai also lent his talents to Koei.

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

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Among other game makers.

Ohrai left us with a varied, impressive body of work.

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image via Cryptic Corridor]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

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For that, we thank him. May he rest in peace.

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

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