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Aliens (1988 short story)

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Written by Mark Verheiden
Illustrated by Mark A. Nelson
Inked by
Lettered by
Colored by
Cover(s) by Mark A. Nelson
Edited by Randy Stradley
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) Nov 1988
Media type
Preceded by
Concurrent Aliens (1988 series)
Followed by Aliens (1989 series)
Alternate cover

Aliens, also known as Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation, is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #24, in November 1988. It was written by Mark Verheiden, illustrated by Mark A. Nelson and edited by Randy Stradley, the same creative team behind the first Aliens comic book. The issue of Dark Horse Presents also featured Aliens cover art by Nelson. The black-and-white comic serves as a tie-in to the four-issue series Aliens (1988 series).

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens (1988 short story) was published concurrently with Aliens (1988 series) and was followed by Aliens (1989 series).

Publisher's SummaryEdit

Writer Mark Verheiden and artist Mark A. Nelson present an all-new "side bar" story to Dark Horse's ongoing Aliens miniseries as they take us inside the mind of an Alien Queen!


The story is written in the form of an in-universe article by Aliens (1988 series) character Waidslaw Orona, with accompanying imagery of Alien life and development. It shows Aliens spreading via infestation of alien species and humans, and Aliens building one of their Hives, all accompanied by excerpts from Orona's article.

Reprint HistoryEdit

Aliens Theory of Alien Propagation One-shot

Cover to Aliens mini-comic by Nelson.

Shortly after its publication in Dark Horse Presents #24, the short story was given a stand-alone release as a mini-comic, published in February 1989. This edition featured new cover art by Mark A. Nelson and also included seven plates by Nelson showcasing Aliens artwork.

The short story was later collected as part of Aliens: Book One, a trade paperback re-release of the original Aliens comic, published in November 1989. A deluxe hard cover edition of Aliens: Book One, again including the Aliens short story, was released in June 1990.

In April 1992, the short story was collected alongside a number of other Aliens short stories published up until that point in the special single-issue release Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition. Here the story was given the new title Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation and was colored by Chris Chalenor. The issue featured a new cover by Simon Bisley.

In the United Kingdom, the colored version was again reprinted in Aliens magazine, Vol. 1 #17, in June 1992.

Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation was again collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 1 in July 2007.

The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on February 13, 2013, collected with Aliens: The Alien and reusing John Bolton's cover art from Aliens, Vol. 2: Nightmare Asylum.



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