Alien- The Illustrated Story (Original Art Edition) Hardcover – Illustrated, 4 Sep 2012
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Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars "a welcomed treat." "So if you are a fan of Alien, sci-fi or event art then this is a the book for you." "Mediamikes.com""
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Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. For Warren he was chief writer and editor of landmark horror anthology titles Creepy and Eerie, and for Marvel he set up the creator-owned Epic Comics as well as adapting Star Wars into both comics and newspaper strips. Walter Simonson is one of the most highly regarded comics creators around, having written, pencilled or inked Batman, The Hulk and Superman, to name but a few.
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Basically I, like most reasonable folk, usually hate those clowns who give 1 star reviews to works of art, just because they've got the wrong version, or it's not the widescreen, extended, uncut, DVD etc - which it was never sold as in the first place!
BUT I always read the 1 star reviews to see what went wrong. And in this case, I urge you to just take a look at the 5 star reviews associated with this product. Go on, have a quick scan. You can come back to this tiresome whinge in a minute. "Fantastic art book for comic and ALIEN film fans." "This is BIG!" "It's a big book!" (hardcover versions granted)
Impressive reviews eh? And I would probably concur in every respect, had I bought the book that those reviews were about! But this is a totally different product. It's not big for a start or overly impressive in any way. This is a fairly standard comic book sized effort with vaguely sloppy colouring that very occasionally stays within the lines.
As an illustrator myself I bought this wholly on the strength of the 5 star reviews, to have a gander at the "original" artwork that was so eulogised above.
So let this serve as a warning - those reviews are not for this somewhat mundane release. It's the kind of error you could never make when strolling around a bookshop.
Call me a clown if you will - but I genuinely thought that I was getting the enormously impressive sounding book which has garnered the 5 star reviews.Read more ›
However, it doesn't.... quite. The softcover has the illustrations in colour.... But this..... is better. All the orginal artwork is in fine black and white and strangely I love the touches of corrective fluid kept within the pages.
The character likenesses are fairly accurate but what sells it is the visuals. The aliens are as OVERSIZED as I remembered them but actually now it's to the credit and horror of the story.
The additional scripts and some background notes are included.
It could have been complete with a final work colour print but I actually found the raw black and white a better visual aid, a chance to take a fresh look at a classic film. You can get the final coloured "cut" in a bargain priced softcover edition.
I prefer this one.
And the book.... IS SO BIG.
Spend that little bit extra and get this and before the price bumps up !!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, call me a geek, but I watched the DVD and had the book in front of me at the same time... it's cool, very cool.Published on 15 April 2014 by Music In My Face
Massive fan of the film, simply had to have this grafic novel, artwork and colouring is great and it sits proudly in my collection of xeno memorabiliaPublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Mike
Bought this book as a gift, it was a bigger size than expected. The gift was much enjoyed. I have since looked through the book and it has wonderful illustrations, I was extremely... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by lara
Cracking book for the serious fan, but it is BIG - not something that's going to fit on the average bookshelf. Great storyboard type artwork.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by C. Padmore