Hypnobobs: The Origins Of ALIEN

June 12, 2012
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Hypnobobs #80 - The Origins Of ALIENA recent Hypnobobs podcast features two guests from The Black Dog podcast talking with host Jim Moon about the origins of ALIEN. It’s a lengthy discussion, running 2.5 hours, touching on the many filmic inspirations for the 1979 film written by Dan O’Bannon.

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This is the perfect excuse for me to point out something that Moon and guests didn’t – namely the original literary source, perhaps, for all the films they mention and, perhaps, for ALIEN itself. It is a 1939 short story by A.E. van Vogt entitled Black Destroyer (later assembled into a part of a fix-up novel entitled The Voyage Of The Space Beagle).

Check out the original art:

Astounding, July 1939 - Black Destroyer by A.E. van Vogt
Black Destroyer by A.E. van Vogt - illustrated by Kramer
Black Destroyer by A.E. van Vogt - illustrated by Kramer
Black Destroyer by A.E. van Vogt - illustrated by Kramer
Black Destroyer by A.E. van Vogt - illustrated by Kramer
Black Destroyer by A.E. van Vogt - illustrated by Kramer

In 1974, Marvel Comics’s Worlds Unknown did an adaptation, with a cover illustrated by Gil Kane:
Worlds Unknown #5 - Black Destroyer (COMICS adaptation)

Black Destroyer adaptation - adapted by Roy Thomas with interior art by Dan Adkins and Jim Mooney

And then, a couple years after ALIEN was released, somebody at EERIE magazine made the connection:
EERIE, February 1983 - adaptation of The Voyage Of The Space Beagle - cover art by Kelly Freas

Posted by Jesse Willis

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