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Product Details

  • Series: Alien
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As I read it, I kept thinking, 'This is a super-strong adaptation,' and, 'If the movie were never made, and no one had ever seen Alien, this graphic novel would probably be considered one of the best sci-fi comics ever.'" – Comic Book Resources

“An incredible example of how to adapt a motion picture into a graphic novel.” – TG Daily

“Incredible...the illustrated story of Alien is unlike any movie adaptation I've read. It manages to capture the essence of the film, the pacing, the terror, and the lived in feel better than any film-to-comic I've ever encountered. Reading the book, I could even hear the notes from Jerry Goldsmith's score and the actual sound design.” “The sequential storytelling on display, an incredible collaboration between between Goodwin and Simonson working from the shooting script (and early cuts of the film), is as elegant and well-paced as a comic can be.” – Huffington Post

“"entirely satisfying...should be seeked out by any fan of the franchise." - GeekNewWave

About the Author

Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. He is best known for his Warren and Marvel Comics work. 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.

Walt Simonson is one of the most highly regarded comics creators around, having written, pencilled or inked Batman, Michael Moorcock's Elric, Fantastic Four, The Hulk and Superman, to name but a few!

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Great Walt Simonson art.
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I can't recommend this enough to any fan of the Alien franchise.
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Didn't read that it's a comic book,like it a lot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex Sheikman on November 1, 2012
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I am a big fan of Goodwin's stories and Simonson's art, and when I heard about this edition being shot directly from Simonson's original art boards, I decided to give this a try. I am so glad I did. The story treatment is excellent, the storytelling is smooth and exciting, and Simonson's art (even though maybe not as polished and sophisticated as it is today) is just a pleasure to see this size. The rendering techniques are really fun and are remenisent of his earlier illustrations for Manhunter (a strip that he illustrated over another Goodwin script), but his figure work is much more solid.

Reading the introduction I learned that most of the lettering was done on different overlays and not on the original art, so in order to put this together Titan scanned both the original art boards and the lettering overlays and combined them to enable for folks to read the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Twobyfour on November 25, 2012
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I'm a rabid fan of IDW publishing and their "Artists Edition" reprints of original art comic stories, and was excited when I saw the solicitation for this Walt Simonson edition from Titan Books. The cover itself is a knockout, the tone and texture of the reprinted internal pages are amazing, crystal clear with warts and all, the occasional scratch out or white out marks leap off the page. This was one of the first true graphic novel adaptations of a major motion picture, and Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson had made a name for themselves as a team during their stellar run on DC comics "Manhunter" series that ran in Detective comics, and the team brings an epic moodiness and tone to this story. The adaptation is so well done that over 30 years later, none of the books original impact is lost. Toss in facsimile pages of the original Goodwin script, and some gorgeously colored Simonson pages and you have a world-class package. This edition falls squarely in "must-have" territory, it's that good.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on October 31, 2012
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Whether you're a fan of Ridley Scott's film "Alien" or a fan of comic book artist Walt Simonson, this book is for you. Be warned: the book is oversized at 13.8" x 1 x 19.9". It's scanned directly from Walt's original art and reproduced at the same size. Since the pages are scanned from the originals they include corrections, paste-ups and even coffee stains. Also included in the book is Archie Goodwin's script, Walt's two page try-out for Fox (featuring a very different alien, since there were no reference pictures available), an interview with Walt and letterer John Workman, and an afterword by Walt. As a great companion piece to this book, order this one too:Alien - The Illustrated Story (Facsimile Cover Regular Edition). And If you're a fan of Mr. Simonson as I am, this book is even better:Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor: Artist's Edition HC (rather pricey now).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thoco77 on September 21, 2012
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Titan Books recently published a new edition of Alien the Illustrated Story and I've been lucky enough to get a copy of it to review. Originally published by Heavy Metal Communications in 1979 and written by Archie Goodwin with art by Walter Simonson, this book design features scenes directly from the the blockbuster film by Ridley Scott. The story is well known to many due to the success of the Alien film franchise as it has entertained for two generations and still stands strong. The illustrated story has been out of print for nearly thirty years and this fresh version really stands out on its own as this new edition has been meticulously restored using original artwork from Simonson's studio. When you first start flipping through the pages, this book instantly reminds you of how some scripts, scenes, and sequences are simply timeless. This book would make a great gift for any Alien fan or comic collector. (Continue this review here: <...>)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 17, 2012
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In outer space, the civilian mining ship the Nostromo completed its mission and is heading home with the crew sleeping in a cryo-frozen state. The Nostromo computer Mother wakes everyone up after receiving an alien distress message. They head to the source of the SOS and soon crewman Kane and others explore an alien ship where he finds an egg. At that moment humanity meets an Alien species.

This is a reprint of the great 1979 graphic comic book as Archie Goodwin brings the film's plot to life while Walt Simonson's fabulous illustrations enhance the tale with his pre computer generated art. Fans will appreciate this super adaptation of a fabulous horror science fiction movie.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on March 18, 2013
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The Good: Great artwork. Very recognizable characters. The entire movie boiled down to less than 65 pages without missing anything even vaguely noticeable. An impressive accomplishment.

The Bad: I liked the movie enough. I'm not fanatical about it, but I think it was a good film. Good really isn't enough to fully enjoy the comic version. This really is solely for those who have an obsessive love of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Eldridge on December 21, 2012
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Having been obsessed with W Simonson for the longest time, I'm happy to add this to my collection. Love the oversized printing and the great paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo Gonzalez on December 11, 2012
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all around incredible a masterpiece of the graphic novel genre!!!!!!! great artwork, the colors are fantastic!!!!i wish prometheus was like this!
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