Space Leech
I never thought of it that way, but I suppose the Nostromo is a lot like a big floating space castle. 
Hobby Japan EX, Autumn 1993.

I never thought of it that way, but I suppose the Nostromo is a lot like a big floating space castle. 

Hobby Japan EX, Autumn 1993.

Cover to the October 1979 issue of Fantastic Films.
I like how they crop Giger’s painting to try and hide how the Xenomorph is holding his penis.

Cover to the October 1979 issue of Fantastic Films.

I like how they crop Giger’s painting to try and hide how the Xenomorph is holding his penis.

Fan art from Starlog magazine, Japanese edition, No.10, 1979.

Fan art from Starlog magazine, Japanese edition, No.10, 1979.

Space Jockey model kit from Hobby Japan EX, Autumn 1993.

Space Jockey model kit from Hobby Japan EX, Autumn 1993.

Queen Chest Burster model.
Hobby Japan EX Autumn 1993.

Queen Chest Burster model.

Hobby Japan EX Autumn 1993.

Facehugger model.
Hobby Japan EX, 1993

Facehugger model.

Hobby Japan EX, 1993

Alien fan art from Mark 1 Vol. 3, 1985.

Alien fan art from Mark 1 Vol. 3, 1985.

Alien model from Hobby Japan No.156, 1982.

Alien model from Hobby Japan No.156, 1982.

If you’re like me, and I know I am, then you stay up into the wee hours of the night wondering what films influenced Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.
Well thanks to the book Akira Mechanix 2019, I found this handy list of what movies helped create everyone’s favorite story about drug addicted teen bikers with super powers.
This list also reaffirms my belief that Japanese otakus and manga authors fucking love Mad Max.
1984 (the one with John Hurt)
WarGames
Alien (hey, another movie with John Hurt)
Aliens
Scanners
Damnation Alley
The Terminator
Tron
Burst City (only Japanese movie on the list)
The Fury
Blade Runner
Max Headroom
Mad Max
Mad Max 2
The Revengers
Brazil
Metropolis
The Running Man
Now fire up your laserdisc players and get watching!

If you’re like me, and I know I am, then you stay up into the wee hours of the night wondering what films influenced Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.

Well thanks to the book Akira Mechanix 2019, I found this handy list of what movies helped create everyone’s favorite story about drug addicted teen bikers with super powers.

This list also reaffirms my belief that Japanese otakus and manga authors fucking love Mad Max.

  • 1984 (the one with John Hurt)
  • WarGames
  • Alien (hey, another movie with John Hurt)
  • Aliens
  • Scanners
  • Damnation Alley
  • The Terminator
  • Tron
  • Burst City (only Japanese movie on the list)
  • The Fury
  • Blade Runner
  • Max Headroom
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max 2
  • The Revengers
  • Brazil
  • Metropolis
  • The Running Man

Now fire up your laserdisc players and get watching!

My 1979 Kenner Alien figure.

Best Alien toy ever.