Series: Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball GT
Company: 1000 Editions
Year: 1986 – 1997
Size: 30 x 24 cm
Main distribution: Europe / Spain
This is a set of Dragon Ball Z and GT posters. I could not find much information, apart from it being called “1000 editions”, which I believe was the company’s name which was located in Spain. I assume they also got printed here. The artwork used seems to be various promotional work, and dates from 1986 to 1997.
These posters from 1000 editions appears to be a set of 16 posters. I have 8 of them. They all have “© 1989 Bird Studio/Shueisha./TOEI ANIMATION (Japan)” in the bottom left corner, and “№ X 1000 editions – CTRA. PERELLO, S/N / 43513 RASQUERA (TARRAGONA) SPAIN” in the bottom right.
I couldn’t find much information of these, but I did find a Spanish site that listed these as a set of 16. They come in a large poster enveloppe that simply lists these as “Dragon Ball Z Poster Pack”. On the front of this enveloppe is Poster № 7. The back is blank and shows a small version of all 16 posters, with “1000 editions” on it. None of those were laminated however.
1000 editions seemed to have done several anime posters / art prints, including Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and Akira. I do not know if they sold laminated prints.
I don’t think Akira Toriyama drew these artworks, but others of his staff whom were more in charge of key animations and promotional work. I hope to find the artist’s names.
I remember buying these separate in a German store (hence I only have 8). It is possible they bought the set, laminated them and sold them separately for profit. I seem to be missing the ones that mostly depict just Goku or Dragon Ball GT, which are my least favourite, so it’s possible I bought my favourites first.
I will list them, and show the ones I have, below. I hope to scan them at some point in high quality, but for now photo’s will do. Not sure how well that goes either due to the reflection of the lamination.
This one depicts Goku as Super Saiyan 3 in the middle, with a Goku bust on the left and a Goku Super Saiyan bust on the right. I do not own this one.
This one depicts Goku in the middle, with a Goku Super Saiyan bust on the bottom right, a Goku Super Saiyan 2 bust on the left and a Goku Super Saiyan 3 head in the top right. I do not own this one.
This one depicts Goku in the middle, a Goku Super Saiyan on the right, and a variety of cast on the left. From top to bottom Vegeta, Trunks, Krillin, Chiaotzu, Tien, Gohan, Yamcha and Piccolo. It seems to spawn Saiyan Saga up to Trunks Saga. I do not own this one (although I swear I did!).
This poster depicts Kid Buu large on the left top corner, with a smaller Kid Buu, Majin Buu, Hercule and Mystic Gohan next to it on the right. In the front on the bottom right corner stand Super Saiyan Goku and dead Super Saiyan Vegeta back to back. Goku has a thumbs up while Vegeta has his arms folded. One of my personal favourites as Vegeta looks cool on this.
This poster depicts Future Trunks. He seems to have just come from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber as his hair is long, his clothes ripped and he’s at Kami’s Lookout. He sits sternly and faces the viewer.
This is a Dragon Ball GT poster. It depicts a Dr. Myuu bust in the top right corner and a General Rilldo bust in the bottom left corner. On top of this are kid Goku Super Saiyan, Pann and Trunks Super Saiyan. I do not own this one.
This depicts Gohan Super Saiyan 2, with a Goku Super Saiyan bust in the bottom left corner, and a Vegeta Super Saiyan head, Trunks head and Piccolo bust in the bottom right corner. This is also the front of the poster enveloppe.
This is a Dragon Ball GT poster. It depicts Goku Super Saiyan 4 in the middle, with Vegeta Super Saiyan, Trunks Super Saiyan and Gohan Super Saiyan on the left, and Goten Super Saiyan on the right. I do not own this one.
This depicts Goku on the left and Gohan on the right, slowly forming a Kamehameha, where each stage they grew up a little, and slowly become Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2. Another one of my favourites, as I find it cool to see their design grow and change.
This is a Dragon Ball GT poster. It depicts Goku Super Saiyan in the middle right, Pann in the top left and Trunks Super Saiyan and Gill in the bottom left. I do not own this one.
This one depicts the Perfect Cell Saga. In the background is a head of Perfect Cell in the top left, and from left to right Vegeta Super Saiyan, Trunks Super Saiyan, Goku Super Saiyan and Gohan Super Saiyan.
From left to right it depicts Goku Super Saiyan, Trunks Super Saiyan, Vegeta Super Saiyan, Gohan Super Saiyan and Piccolo. It seems to be from the Cell Saga. I do not own this one (although I swear I did!).
This one depicts a silhouetted battleground and Goku Super Saiyan at the bottom. In the sky there are busts from the main cast. From left to right, top to bottom we have Android #18, Krillin, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, Android #16, Vegeta Super Saiyan, Trunks Super Saiyan and Gohan Super Saiyan. I do not own this one, (although I believe I have a larger poster of this image somewhere).
This one shows kid Trunks and Goten powering up as Super Saiyans. They appear to be at Kami’s Lookout. Possibly a screenshot from the Fusion Saga where they try to sync up their powers prior a Fusion.
This one shows the cast cast of the Cell Saga. They are semi-transparant so to show the Earth underneath. From left to right Android #17, Android #16, Android #18, Trunks Super Saiyan, Vegeta Super Saiyan, Goku Super Saiyan, Piccolo, Tien, Krillin and Gohan.
This one shows some of the main cast. From left to right Tien, Trunks, Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta and Krillin.
As mentioned above, I remember buying these separate in a German store in Aachen, buying one or a couple every time I visited, and getting my favourites first. Back then, anything with Dragon Ball on was cool and I would buy. There wasn’t much to be found back then, and we didn’t have internet yet. A friend recommended me the place and my aunt (who lives and is familiar in Germany) drove me there.
I never hung them up though. My room had walls you couldn’t really hang anything on, and it frequently leaked. I didn’t want to damage them, so I stored them neatly till I had my own place. Now that I have my own place, I dug them out again and started to look more into them.
I love these types of art and want to preserve these. The 80’s and 90’s is my favourite era. Ah nostalgia! Old Dragon Ball Art is also so much nicer I find than the newer stuff. I don’t think I’ll ever hang these up though, but they will be nicely stored with my art books.
I’d love to find out more about these, so any information is welcome.
The photo’s are, as always, of the actual items in hand and not stock photos. Enoraelle has kindly shared photo’s of his full set so I could illustrate the ones I’m missing. Thank you very much!
Got any more details / information you think I should add? Or did I get something wrong? Do you own the same posters? Do you agree or disagree with my findings? Let me know in the comments below.