In 1979, designer John White was 11 years old and had never seen Ridley Scott's Alien. Still, that didn't stop him from writing his own comic book adaptation of the film using markers and notebook paper. Explains White — who has also released his nine-year-old self's take on Star Wars — of his reference material:
This movie adaptation made at the time that ALIEN hit theatres around the world but long before the underage artist had actually seen the film itself. That wouldn't happen for 3 or 4 more years [...] it was done with nothing but an Alan Dean Foster novelisation with its few colour glossy photos as a visual reference, and a satire by Cracked Magazine that came out much later.
For example, that quippy scene at top was cribbed wholesale from the Cracked adaptation. White's been posting pages from his completed comic over the last month or so, but my favorite illustrations are his early drafts that were informed solely by a quick glance at his uncle's H.R. Giger Alien design book. Here are some of the choicest bits:
The Cygon? Sounds suspiciously like CYLON to me. I used to watch Battlestar Galactica in the absence of Star Wars out of sheer desperation [...] I took ALIEN to be the usual Sci-fi fare with lasers and baddies shooting it out with one another. I'm thinking that Flagen (rolls eyes again) was a word I picked up during Northern Irish visits where people would be talking about drinking Flagons of cider and Nagons of whiskey.
They land on Planet Alien and when attacked by the face crusher exclaim, "Help! It's Alien!" A bit like my parents asking oh, is that JAWS? Is that the bit when JAWS attacks the swimmer?
This strip taps into that parental warning to never eat anything that's fallen on the floor.