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Al Feldstein All
Weird Science (1950 E.C.) #8
Published Jul 1951 by EC
8 page story "Seeds of Jupiter"
Script by Al Feldstein
Pencils and inks: Al Feldstein
Alien: Issue No.8 of Weird Science inspires the chestburster xenomorph.
1979 Alien movie scene: John Hurt birthing the Chestburster while shipmates watch in horror!
A.E. van Vogt’s The Voyage of the Space Beagle has also been touted as an influence, but this has been categorically denied by O’Bannon. Still, van Vogt litigated Twentieth Century Fox over the similarities, and Fox settled out of court. Given Dan’s willingness to attribute ideas to their original sources (he has likewise singled out the individual contributions of Shusett, Cobb, and Ridley on many occasions) it seems odd that he would celebrate every other influence, but then not give van Vogt due credit:
“There were comic books [that inspired Alien] too: EC’s Weird Science and its companion publication, Weird Fantasy. I recall one fondly, about seeds from outer space which fell onto the deck of a Navy destroyer, and an incautious sailor ate one. A horrible, tentacled monster hatched out of him.”
~ Dan O'Bannon's own quote on the origin. Source: Something Perfectly Disgusting.
This page is always the one they use to illustrate the chestburster's origin!
a) Dan O'Bannon in his many interviews on the subject outlines some of the main sources of inspiration for his script for Alien...and one such thing was EC's comic book Weird Science, and specifically he described a story that featured in issue No.8 of Weird Science published in 1951 a story called "Seeds of Jupiter" illustrated by Al Feldstein:
On the deck of an aircraft carrier, a ball falls out of the sky and breaks open revealed a cluster of smaller nuts. A sailor nicknamed "Peachpit" because he loves to suck peachpits is offered one of these nuts by the other sailors who claim that it's from a Mongolian peach, he accidently swallows it after one of the other sailors slaps him on the back, he suddenly doubles up due to terrible stomach pains and is soon so ill, his skin dries up, his face turns blue, his stomach swells up and on the operating table he soon turns black and dies. The surgeon cuts open his stomach with a scalpel, from the slit in the stomach a green tentacled creature crawls out, off the operating table and over the side of the ship into the sea, and soon grows to a colossal size threatening to destroy Manhatten. The nut like stones turn out to be alien creatures in an inanimate dehydrated form and once dried out return to the form of one of the nut like stones.