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Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation
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: Theory of Alien Propagation, originally titled simply Aliens, 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: Theory of Alien Propagation 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 was first 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 Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation, was released in June 1990.

In April 1992, the short story was collected alongside a number of other Aliens Dark Horse Presents stories published up until that point in the special single-issue release Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition. Here the story was colored by Chris Chalenor and 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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