Alien: The Original Art Edition.

Following last week´s post, we have here a similar item: the Alien: Original Art Edition.

As with the Mauzzucchelli´s book, this is a faithful reproduction of the original art of this movie adaptation drawn by Walter Simonson and adapted by Archie Goodwin. It is a huge hardcover book and a joy to read.




As a kid I had the spanish edition of the book and, together with the “making of” book of the movie, this was the only contact I had with the movie (my father wanted to take me to see it but my mom did not allow). I was so scared it took me a long time to read the book fully. I remember putting over the TV set, and waiting there for me to get the courage needed to open it again and keep reading it. Good days, 35 years ago.




This book has the whole adaptation in black and white and also includes some pretty interesting stuff: the whole script by Goodwin and also some test pages Simonson did to get the gig. They are in full color and pretty cool, with a radically different Alien monster. Also we can see some color proofs and a look to foreign versions.



Walter SImonson is one of my favourite comic book artists ever. First thing I read by him was this Alien book, and I loved his style (I even copied him a bit when I was very very young) and I loved his signature (shaped as a dinosaur).

Simonson´s style is very much in debt with Jack Kirby (just like almost everybody else´s!) and he is able to put so much energy in his drawings. I love a lot of his work but I would recommend this Alien book, the graphic novel Star Slammers and of course, what I think is his best work: his run on Thor (more on that later).

So, if you don’t have any original work by him (I don´t) , this is the next best thing. Huge pages of “almost original” Simonson art is really something wonderful.

This book is in print and while a bit pricey, it is worth every dollar.

David Mazzucchelli´s Born Again: Artist´s edition.

Here we have a very interesting item: the Artist´s Edition of Daredevil: Born Again. We are talking about the masterpiece by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

These Artist´s Editions are published by IDW and this is what they say about it:



While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.””

And this is what we got here. Amazing reproductions of the Born Again art, scanned by Mazzucchelli himself. The hard cover comes in a brown box, so it is well protected and safe.



Inside, in very thick paper we can find all the issues of the Born Again saga and all the covers for the series and paperbacks. Also sketches and an introduction by Mazzucchelli. We even have some vellum pages! Of course the art is gorgeous.





It is really great to see thess big pages up close, it is like having the original art in your hands mistakes, corrections and ink stains included. Production values are really high.




The book is not cheap, 125 bucks, but is a fair price for what you are getting. Pity I missed the Walter Simonson´s Thor.

Fortunately I got another similar Simonson item, but that is for next week.