No. 185 – In Space No One Can Hear You >Vark!<

Giger’s Alien: Film Design cover image ©20th Century Fox/Titan Books Ltd., 1979, 1989

Varks, from the Judge Dredd story of the same name in prog 503 (1987), written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Kevin O’Neill v Xenomorph XX121, designed by Swiss artist Hans Ruedi “H.R.” Giger (1940–2014) for Ridley Scott’s Alien (20th Century Fox, 1979)

Sigourney Bean notices some odd changes in her boys

Giger’s endoparasitoid extraterrestrial xenomorph XX121 and variations thereof have since Alien reappeared in seven other 20th Century Fox films: James Cameron’s Aliens (1986), David Fincher’s Alien³ (1992), Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997), the crossover franchise AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem (2007), and Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017), with a follow-up film, rumoured to be titled Alien: Awakening, due in 2019.

“Alien Day”, April 26, has become the fan celebration date of the Alien franchise. The date derives from planetoid LV-426 on which the original xenomorph was discovered; the “426” converting to “4/26” or “April 26”. Varks, however, hail from the planet Proxima-Proxima, from the Latin meaning [approximately], “the One Close to the Close One”.

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