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Alien- The Illustrated Story (Original Art Edition) Hardcover – Illustrated, 4 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Hardcover edition (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161302
  • Product Dimensions: 33.5 x 1.7 x 43.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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""

About the Author

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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After ordering in March I had to wait until October to finally get my hands on the much anticipated Alien: Illustrated Story (original Art Edition) It compliments my copy from the 1980's wonderfully. That was in full color, but this is the artist edition, black and white, scanned from the original comic strip art boards the artist Walt Simonson kept. Despite being in black and white, pre-colouring, the book is actually in full colour, allowing you to see the bluish hue of white out used to correct mistakes, and even what looks like the odd coffee spill! It's also printed actual size, so the book is huge! (only complaint- I don't have a shelf it will fit on!) A fantastic reference for any comic artist, comic fan or fan of the film Alien, as it shows the art as it would have looked, and includes samples of the script (by Archie Goodwin) based on the screenplay including some ideas that didn't make it into the final film which will be of interest to ALIEN fans. There's also a Q and A which reveals how the book came about, the process and Walt's trip to England to see the film being made. A fantastic book, one of the best I have (well I am a fan) and for the price I bought it at (half price!) an absolute steal! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Interesting. Its good seeing a graphic novel from a different era (1979). It wasn't quite the graphic novel adaption of the film I was hoping for but still very enjoyable, just a shame it was so short lived.
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It's a nice enough slice of retro art that follows the film nicely with some little additional scenes and plenty of OTT gore...but the reviews on here relate to the oversized hardcover which goes for £80 plus on Amazon, so be warned! There are no script sections, interviews, etc as per the hardcover, just the adaptation.
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I bought this as a fan of Alien and Aliens. I love books, reading as much and as often as I can. I will also own up to being a bit of nerd - which all of a sudden has become cool - Go figure? I read comic books so purchasing this item was a bit of no brainer. We mostly all know the story of alien so that can be by pasted. What I will review is the quality of the book, which is massive. The actual dimension is what Iam referring to. Completely oversized which was a surprise to me when it arrived. This makes the story in this form original and freshly appealing. Quality of the binding and the paper used make this a book to cherish and looked after. An excellent reimagining of the original book. There are a few different styles and size of this book out if you had to pick I would suggest this addition to all the others for the reason stated above. Architect
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I really did not want to be the 1 star jerk, going against the grain due to my own failings in life, so even though this is a fairly adequate comic book adaptation of ALIEN, I bought this on the strength of the glowing 5 star reviews above, and was sold a dud. I even checked the product description and everything.

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.
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I had this graphic story when it first came out and it went by the wayside when you don't realise what a collectable might be. In my "fake" memory, I remembered it as a rough retelling of the film with some exaggerated alien attacks, totally out of proportion from the rest of the scene. Being an alien fan, I am pretty much guaranteed to buy almost anything related and the recent surge of books (and reprints)(please reprint the photonovel [and the "OUTLAND" one too]) so when the reprint was optioned I wanted to revisit the illustrated story. I felt obligated to get the original art edition as I tend to head to special/limited edition items first and felt that this would incorporate the softcover story plus extras.

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 !!!
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