Rare early 8x10-inch black and white signed publicity portrait, boldly signed for an inveterate autograph collector in black felt-tip pen in the early 1980s, not long after his portrayal of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Not one of those tricky secretarially signed examples that so abound on the market! Legendary puppeteer, voice actor and character actor Frank Oz is beloved by fans of the sci-fi and fantasy genres as the man behind Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear of The Muppets; Cookie Monster, Grover and Bert on "Sesame Street" (1969-2013); and Yoda in the Star Wars film series. Authentic examples of his John Hancock are so difficult to come by that fans have resorted to paying small fortunes-- often $300-$400-- for official autograph cards and signed photos bearing official seals. This one is the real deal.