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1979

"Eatin' through the
deck!" [19]

Review: "Few adaptations are as raw, personal, and primal as this work by John I. White: an eleven-year-old's graphic novel based on Ridley Scott's "Alien."

Tom Blunt -
Word & Film.com

I'm ready for my close-up Mr.Lucas

The site traffic is dropping again - after the craziness of last week and yesterday. Oh well, I knew it wouldn't last. Looks like it's just you and me again reader. I'll be clinging - Sunset Boulevard style - to my reviews, all alone in my solid gold house, wondering when George Lucas will call?

Actually, I'll just keep doing these sites, enjoying your comments :)

Er, Brett & Carson?

See panel 2? I actually still remember that line: "Down in B corridor Brett and Carson looked up -"

It was later changed with black marker to Dallas. I really seemed to have been confused about who was who. I only had the novel and its photos to go by at the time that these ones were drawn in 1979. I wondered if there was a Brett Carson character in something I'd seen or read, like Bearcats or Marvel. There was one but I doubt that I ever saw it: Brett Carson aka Mr.Muscles! I've often thought of doing a strip with a big-chinned hero character called Crash Dexter or Smash Bannister. International stuntman assassin detective - or something.

Brett - Ash - the hat?

Another thing that strikes me is that sometimes it looks as if Ash's baseball hap was plonked onto the drawings later. As if I thought: "Now I get it - Ash is the smelly sweaty looking guy in the hat." It looks like the same red biro, though (in a hundred years time, art historians will chemically analyse that ink to unravel the mystery...)

"Look Ripley what do we do! (odd statement - not a question) We're a bunch of useless idiots!"

Maybe they'll get the restorers in the National Gallery of London who ruined all of those masterpieces such as Holbein's Ambassadors to recover the old cover of this comic. It's stuck onto the later cardboard cover. I wonder what it looks like?

Postscript: 'Star Wars age 9'

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Where it all began - in 1977

At the risk of stretching your attention past the limit, it's just occurred to me: I haven't been pushing the other comic that paved the way for this one. For those of you who don't know, this peculiar business of publishing my childhood home-made comics began over 2 years ago with the - actually far superior and funnier - Star Wars age 9.

ALIEN age 11's been getting huge attention lately. I think mainly because of the 'he drew it without actually having seen it' angle (which is true for most the pages). But SWa9 was started when I was even younger, so it's far sillier looking. It's also an epic 196 pages! Why not check it out and follow it on Facebook and Twiiter!

More from the '70s on Friday!

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