Alien: Unused Alien Logo

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a) 20th October 2016, I started to wonder  if this unused Alien logo done around the early stages of the Alien production was a starting point for Alien monster IV, inspired by production artwork. Michael Doret designed and drew the forms based on the bio-mchanical forms that he saw in some publicity stills from the production. It's as if elements of Delville's Treasures of Satan had somehow become absorbed in to the logo. The tendrils coming from the top of the devils wings have perhaps transformed into the row of tab like blades running along the top of the wing features on the top left that perhaps might actually be the octopus suckers at the end of the tentacle like wings moved to the front and the devil's zigzagging tail has transformed into the caduceus below the A in Alien.

b) One might assume that Giger appears to have been inspired by the wings above the letter A , and transformed them into the complicated wings of his creature. The logo's wing where the end becomes reduced to a jagged thorn becomes transformed into insect like parts with mandibles, the curve of this letter becomes the curve of the Alien monster's body. The bottom of the L of Alien has transformed into a stag beetle like mandible, and perhaps has been transformed into the L shaped limb coming from the left of Giger's painting ending in a blade tip staff like form from which a glow worm appears


  1. Michael Doret: The title treatment I designed for Ridley Scott’s Alien never made it into the public arena. It had some small promotional uses before it was run over by the Bill Gold Advertising machine and relegated to the back burner. At any rate, this was great fun to have worked on—the more so since I was able to work on it with my friend (the now famous “pop-surrealist”) Todd Schorr. I designed and drew the forms based on the “bio-mechanical” forms I saw in some publicity stills from the production, and Todd painted the absolutely gorgeous finished art. Perhaps we went too far with this piece? I’ll probably never know what really happened. (http://alphabetsoupblog.com/?p=1264)October 24, 2016)
  2. Wmmvrrvrrmm: I’m just wondering when during the Alien production you actually worked on the illustration.  October 20, 2016 
    Michael Doret: Actually it was at the very early stages of production. The only thing I had as reference was a contact sheet of black and white photos from the set. I had to extrapolate a lot. (http://alphabetsoupblog.com/?p=1264, October 20th, 2016)

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