Thursday, July 9, 2009

1979 "Alien" poster magazine (updated)

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Although I somehow missed the first issue of the Alien poster magazine, I was lucky enough to find the second one at the Ft. Lauderdale tobacco shop/newstand where I got most of my monster magazines back in 1979. "Alien" really was the first major release of a sci-fi/monster movie to include such terror and graphic scenes of carnage, and many movie-goers were unprepared for the intensity and gore.

The only part of the magazine omitted for this post is the poster in the middle, it's too big to scan; but it was an image of the "space jockey's" wierdly-shaped ship on the surface of LV-426, later named Archeron. Below is the back cover of the magazine, highlighting some of the incredibly detailed sets created for the spaceship, essentially a factory in space. .

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Have you visited the new companion blog to My Monster Memories? It's called "Fantastic Flashbacks" and it's focus is science fiction movies, TV shows, comics, and so on. Everything on the blog is scanned in from my scrapbooks and collection of genre items, started in the early 70's. If you like this one, you like that one too!


Kemény Husi said...

Aw, good for you, man. I've just got the first issue, it has details about the Nostromo's crew members, a "making of" stuff and a one-page photo of Ripley.

The poster is a photo of the Space Jockey's remains, looks awesome.

Do you know how many issues there were?

Frederick said...


Thanks for commenting! I don't know how many issues they published, but the one I bought was the only one I ever saw, so probably not very many.

Two items I bought back then were a large-format paperback with a photostory of the whole movie, and a graphic novel adaptation. Both probably collector's items now!

Old Folkie said...

Cool, don't remember seeing those.
I do have the Graphic Novel by Archie Goodwin & Walter Simonson, bloodier than the movie ever was. :D

Frederick said...


Thanks for commenting! True, that graphic novel was graphic in more ways than one! Surprising for the time.

Dr. Theda said...

I have the same one too...
The Doctor