Alien: The Development of Alien by way of Tintin?

leading from
Alien: Afterthoughts
and
Hergé's Tintin

a) Connecting with Tintin
Looking at the Genesis of the early Alien script, it looks as if Dan O'Bannon had discovered the wonders of comic book character Tintin by the Belgian comic book writer/illustrator Hergé.

It would be as if he read the comic books and occasionally they would set off ideas that he liked that would perhaps connect with other things that he would have been thinking about.

People living in Western Europe would normally have known of this comic book character, even if they hadn't actually read the comic books themselves.

Hergé's influence would sometimes crept into Jean Giraud/ Moebius  illustrations too.

Tintin and his dog Milou
b) Alien by way of "Tintin and Red Rackham's Treasure" part I
In relation to the Tintin stories, Tintin finds a sunken shipwreck where they discover a document that leads to Captain Haddock's ancestral home and in the basement they discover a globe with a top that pops off revealing jewels inside. 

This is like the discover of the derelict ship in the original Alien script and something scratched onto a panel by the dead alien pilot leads them to the pyramid where they discover the alien eggs with lids that pop off with the facehuggers inside

See: Traces of "The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure" in Alien?


 The cover of "The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure"
The cover of "The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure"


c) Alien by way of "Tintin and Red Rackham's Treasure" part II
Another oddity of this story might be that elements connecting loosely to the Egyptian book of the dead have made their way into the story, and thus the shipwreck of the Unicorn incorporates our friend the Henu Barque, and we know that his Henu Barque has crept into the final Alien film itself.

See: Shipwreck from "The Adventures of Tintin and Red Rackham's Treasure" (1944) 



 Shipwreck from "The Adventures of Tintin and Red Rackam's Treasure"
Shipwreck from "The Adventures of Tintin and Red Rackam's Treasure"

d)  Alien by way of "Tintin and Red Rackham's Treasure" part III
Meanwhile the shipwreck illustration appeared to be referenced in Ron Cobb's derelict ship painting, as if to say that this Tintin comic book shipwreck was being shown to Ron in artrooms in Fox studios in LA. 

See: Ron Cobb's Derelict Ship Concepts references the Unicorn shipwreck


e) Alien by way of "Tintin and The Black Island"
However The Black Island island story, reveals the discovery of a pilot's jacket and a torn up note with a triangle on it and where its to be found, indicating a secret drop off point . 

It's as if the pilot's jacket becomes the alien pilot's skeleton remains along with a triangle scored into a panel as a warning.


Cover of "The Adventures of Tintin and The Black Island"


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