No. 165 – Spacesuits You, Monsieur!

Dave Gibbons’ one-off cover for prog 196 (1981) v spacesuit design by Jean Giraud “Moebius” (1938–2012) for Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979)

Alien co-writer [along with Ronald Shusett] Dan O’Bannon (1946–2009) was introduced during a six month stint in Paris to European artists Chris Foss, H. R. Giger, and Jean Giraud while working on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ill-fated adaptation* of Frank Herbert’s (1920–1986) Dune (Chilton Books, 1965), and, after Jodorowsky’s project fell through, co-opted Foss, Giger and Giraud to work respectively on the spacecraft design, the now-legendary creature design, and the costume design for his upcoming Alien project**.

*Frank Pavich’s fascinating feature-length documentary of what might have been, Jodorowsky’s Dune (Sony Pictures Classics, 2013), relating Jodorowsky’s ultimately doomed efforts to bring Dune to the silver screen, is well worth a watch, not least for Jodorowski’s audacious casting wish-list, all of whom he managed to sign up to the project
**Although cartoonist and concept artist Ron Cobb is largely credited with the finalisation of the human elements of the film

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