Alien – The Illustrated Story
A bona fide comics classic is reprinted . . .
By Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson, Titan Books
Sci-fi fans of a certain age will be glad to know that Titan Books is reprinting Alien: The Illustrated Story, the original “Heavy Metal Presents” comic book adaptation of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, which has been out of print for over 30 years.
Art work is by veteran Walter Simonson (Thor) and text is by long-time Marvel stalwart Archie Goodwin.
It is however mere than a mere exercise in nostalgia for ageing comics fans.
This all-new edition has been digitally remastered for the first time using the original color artwork from artist Walter Simonson’s personal archive. It however does readers a disservice by using a detail painting of the alien creature from the comic on the cover instead of the striking original cover (see picture below). The so-called Facsimile Cover Regular Edition – to be released on the 25th of September – however rectifies this minor irritation – see the Amazon.com link below to buy it.
The original cover gives a better idea of what the comic itself is like. While it mostly sticks to the movie’s narrative and dialogue Simonson’s artwork is however sufficiently different and original to make this adaptation a work of its own.
“[It] might just be the only successful movie adaptation ever done in comics,” Frank Miller enthuses on the cover blurb. “It’s an amazing graphic novel.” Miller has got that right. In fact one can easily imagine it having been done by Miller himself in his early Dark Knight Returns days – great praise indeed.
Clocking in at 64 pages Alien: The Illustrated Story might be on the brisk side of things, but Simonson’s striking art work makes it all worth your while.