Pop quiz: What was the first graphic novel to make the New York Times’ bestseller list?
Most people would guess MAUS, and although we don’t know exactly what book holds that honor, MAUS was predated by ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson. First released in 1979 as a graphic “Album”, it was an unusually serious (for its time) movie adaptation with the usual stellar work by the great team of Goodwin and Simonson, who also collaborated on MANHUNTER. The book sold so well it did make the NY Times bestseller list at the time.
The book has been out of print for 30 years, but now Titan is rereleasing it this month in a new edition that’s been completely and meticulously restored using the original artwork from Walt Simonson’s studio. It’s also being presented in a ratio aspect true to the original artwork.
Here’s a few pages from this classic adaptation — click for larger versions.