Alien: Chestburster to young Adult

Leading from
 
O'Bannon sketch, Phobos #1, Summer 1977

a) Dan O'Bannon's Original Alien 
The facehugger soon dies and falls off the host, the inseminated creature, an animal comparable to a cow is led off to an enclosure somewhere to await the birth and the foetus develops inside. The host is just an incubator for the things that will ultimately emerge, eventually chewing its way out and killing its host. The creature, known as the chestburster is the Alien's second stage, and it simply runs about eating, mindlessly carnivorous. It's tremendously hungry and needs to reproduce. But at this stage, the creature is still controlled and nurtured by adult aliens. It grows to maturity with incredible speed, until the chestburster begins losing appendages and becomes more and more harmless. Finally, its bloodlust gone, the Alien becomes a mild, intelligent creature, capable of art and architecture, which lives a full , scholarly life of 200 years.

Ron Cobb's young alien adult

b) Earlier Alien drawing
In the early stages he worked with Ron Cobb on an idea for the alien that looked roughly like a lobster  on two legs and also he did a sketch of something roughly inspired by details from Giger's painting Necronom IX from 1976 probably in a way as far removed as Giger's work from his own inspirations. (See also: The biomechanoid that O'Bannon wanted)



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O'Bannon's alien sketch
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Cobb painting based on O'Bannon's sketch

Source Quotes
  1. Dan O'Bannon: The "face-hugger" soon dies and falls off, then they'd lead the inseminated animal off to an enclosure somewhere to await the birth. The fetus develops inside. (O'Bannon talks to Don Shay. Cinefex 1.p48) 
  2. The host is just an incubator for the thing that will ultimately emerge. Book of Alien, Scanlon and Gross (no page numbers ) 
  3. Ron Cobb: Eventually chewing its way out and killing its host. The creature, the "chest-burster" is the Alien's second stage, and it simply runs about eating, mindlessly carnivorous(Ron Cobb.interviewed, Alien Portfolio , written and compiled by Jeffrey Walker) 
  4. It's tremendously hungry and has a need to reproduce (Book of Alien, Scanlon and Gross (no page numbers ).  
  5. Ron Cobb: It grows to maturity with incredible speed  Book of Alien, Scanlon and Gross (no page numbers )
  6. Ron Cobb: Until the "chestburster" begins losing appendages and becomes more and more harmless. Finally, its bloodlust gone, the Alien becomes a mild, intelligent creature, capable of art and architecture, which lives a full, scholarly life of 200 years.  (Ron Cobb.interviewed, Alien Portfolio , written and compiled by Jeffrey Walker)

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