On December 2, 1977, Variety published this open letter written by Steven Spielberg to George Lucas, in which Spielberg congratulates his friend on the recent success of Star Wars. The surrounding illustration (presumably provided by the staff at Variety), depicting R2-D2 casually reeling in the giant man-eating shark from Jaws, is incredibly awesome.
Good friends since the 60s, a healthy sense of competition had long been been present between the two, with Spielberg once remarking:
“He was always more competitive with me than I was with him. He kept saying, ‘I’m sure
Star Wars is going to beat Jaws at some point…’”
[via Letters of Note]