THE ALIENS

Membership: "Sizzle," "Smash", "Streak," "Swoop"

Purpose: Unrevealed (speculatively: to protect the innocent while trying to find a way to return to the stars)

Aliases: None

Affiliations: "Skipper"

Enemies: "Dexter," "Sinister", "Snoopy"

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Comics Feature#33 (January-February 1985)

 History:
(Comics Feature#33) - (speculation/extrapolation from concept art) After crashing their spaceship on Earth, a group of stranded aliens posed as a team of athletes while also acting as superheroes. They struggled to keep their secret from a nosy female reporter, and fought a cybernetically-augmented human scientist and his equally sinister cat.

Comments: Created by unspecified members of the Marvel Productions staff, which included Stan Lee, Scott Shaw, Larry Houston, Will Meugniot, Bob Richardson, Dick Robbins and Bryce Malek. Stan was the creative director and chief pitch man, so it's very likely he was part of the development, if not the originator of the concept.

   "In the summer of 1980, Marvel Entertainment Group President James E. Galton and Marvel Comics Publisher Stan Lee,...traveled west from their New York corporate headquarters to establish an animation studio in Los Angeles. In conjunction with the Emmy and Oscar-award winning animator David H. Depatie and his longtime production associate Lee Gunther, Galton and Lee formed Marvel Productions, Ltd.... The primary reason why Lee and Galton wanted to start a production company was that they had been repeatedly disappointed with the ways in which other producers had portrayed the Marvel Comics characters in cartoons, live-action TV and feature films, and they felt they could do a more accurate job of bringing their characters to the large and small screen." - Robert Strauss, Comics Feature#33

   If the idea of Marvel setting up a Marvel studio to make movies around their characters so they could do a more better and (generally) more faithful versions of them sounds familiar, then it should, because that's basically the story of how we've ended up with the MCU. Naturally, Stan Lee had the idea decades earlier, though with far more mixed results, not least because while they developed ideas, they were then still trying to get other studios to buy them and pay to turn the ideas into finished products. They had numerous live-action movies in early stages of development - Captain America, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Roger Corman's Spider-Man and X-Men are mentioned in Strauss' article in Comics Feature - but the only one mentioned that actually made it to the screen during the lifetime of Marvel Productions was...Howard the Duck. They also got ABC sold on a live-action Daredevil series to the point where a pilot script was completed, but it was in animation that they had the most success, both with Marvel characters (1981's Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, 1982's Incredible Hulk, and later Pryde of the X-Men) and developing cartoons on behalf of others (Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, Transformers, etc.). However, more successful doesn't mean completely successful, and there were still a lot of ideas that never made it beyond the development stage. There's not a ton of information available on most of these, but the article in Comics Feature#33 did at least provide concept art for a few, and snippets have emerged over the years from those who were involved in the development stage.

   The Aliens are an example of these. Afaik, literally all we know about them comes from the single image used on this page. The history above is a best guesstimate/extrapolation from the four panels that ran under the main team image, and the character names are all totally unofficial placeholders I've used to make it easier to talk about the characters, rather than constantly describing them. If we ever get more detailed information about the characters, in particular their names, the placeholders will be replaced by the actual names.

Profile by Loki.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Aliens has no known connections to:




"Sizzle"

  

One of the Aliens, "Sizzle" could fire bolts of energy, perhaps electrical, from his hands.

  

--Comics Feature#33



"Smash"

  

One of the Aliens, "Smash" looked like he was superhumanly strong.

  

--Comics Feature#33



"Streak"

  

One of the Aliens, "Streak" seemed to be able to run at superhuman speeds. 

  

--Comics Feature#33



"Swoop"

  

One of the Aliens, "Swoop" could fly.

  

--Comics Feature#33



"Skipper"

  

"Skipper" was the coach to the Aliens' human identities. They seemed to frustrate him, and he probably didn't know their true nature.

  

--Comics Feature#33



"Snoopy"

  

"Snoopy" was spying on the Aliens.


Comments: I'm assuming she was probably a reporter, but she might have been a spy, or just someone really nosy.

  

--Comics Feature#33



"Sinister" and "Dexter"

  

"Sinister" was an evil scientist with an equally evil cat, "Dexter."


Comments: The above history is purely speculation based on the single image of him. I'm guessing evil based on the disguise and angry expression. Being bald tends to be a visual shorthand in cartoons for being supersmart, plus the computer (?) behind him also suggests scientist. Additionally, while it is possible he was an extraterrestrial too, the fact that he and the cat both have identical types of bumps on their heads makes me think he was a scientist who experimented on increasing intellect via brain implants, testing the process first on his cat and then, when that succeeded, on himself.

 

--Comics Feature#33


images: (without ads)
Comics Feature#33, p48, pan5-9 (all images)


Appearances:
Comics Feature#33 (January-February 1985) - credits unknown


First Posted: 08/05/2021
Last updated:
08/05/2021

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