Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
The Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and designer best known for his astonishing work on the original Alien, H.R. Giger passed away this week from injuries sustained during an accidental fall. An indelible influence in the realm of conceptual art and genre cinema, Giger won an Academy Award for his work.
Every weekend at CA we're cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week the spotlight is on Funko and Super7's first foray into the 3.75" tall ReAction line with figures from Alien. Super7's initial figures were already some of our favorite toys of 2013, but does the latest version from its new partner Funko deliver? The toymaker sent us some review copies to help us find out. Hit the jump to see what we thought.
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Back before the VHS tape made it possible to watch the movies you wanted when you wanted (as long as Blockbuster had a copy in stock), movie novelizations and comic book adaptations of films were some of the only options fans had when it came to reliving a movie they wanted on-demand. While the majority of these were rightly viewed as cash-ins that let comics companies float on someone else's success, there were the occasional pieces of work that proved to be something more. For example, Marvel's off-model, six-part Star Wars adaptation proved to be so popular in the summer of 1977 that many credit it for helping the company pull out of a fiscal free-fall, even as it acted as a bog-standard 1970s Marvel book in a lot of ways.
Now that we can watch Magic Mike on our phones any time we want, comic adaptations can seem like a quaint throwback. However, some of them are legitimate pieces of comic history in their own right, providing an alternate look at our favorite films even as they gave a few comic creators the chance to play with the medium in a new way. In this piece, we take a look at five of them, including long lost work by Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Kyle Baker and Bill Sienkiewicz and more.
Bandai's AvP S.H. MonsterArts debuted a few months back at SDCC 2013, but the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth had a brand-new Predator Wolf figure and plenty of new Xenomorph and Predator accessories alike on hand for New York Comic Con. Aliens will get to fire the figurative opening volley in the 7" toy war with the Predators, with the Alien Warrior (from 2004's AvP) figure arriving in February for $57, with the Predator Wolf (from 2007's Aliens vs Predator: Requiem) following in March for $59. The $2 price difference seems like it's due to the mild accessory discrepancy between the figures. For it's part, the Alien comes packed with an egg, a hatchling, a huge tail, and an optional inner-mouth part. The Predator Wolf features a face with a horrifying extended jaw, plus a diecast mask and a host of spears and other weapons. Click through for a closer look at both AvP S.H. MonsterArts.
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We all know that bananas and banana peels are excellent sources of potassium and physical comedy, respectively, but did you know that they could also be used as a medium for art that will alternately amuse you and haunt you to your grave? Neither did I until I saw the work of Japanese "banana engraver" Keisuke Yamada, who has carved presumably edible versions of all manner of pop culture figures and/or mind-bending horrors.
Check out a few of our favorites -- including characters from Attack on Titan, The Simpsons, Alien, Transformers, Castle in the Sky and Star Wars -- below, and don't worry: If one of these pops up in your breakfast tomorrow, you can always defend yourself with Yamada's flintlock pistol. The flintlock pistol is also carved from a banana.