“Mad”-style ‘Prometheus’ Spoof, “PrometheArse”

PrometheArse

Bloody Disgusting reader Karl Howell introduced me to an online comic strip that spoofs Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Created in the style of Mad Magazine‘s legendary artist Mort Drucker, renown comic book artist Mark Harrison (“2000AD,” “Durham Red,” “Glimmer Rats,” “Star Wars,” “AVP”) shared “PrometheArse,” a joke strip that takes on Scott’s no-so-well received Alien prequel.

Explains Harrison, on the site where you can read the strip in its entirety:

I assumed MAD would have latched onto Prometheus like the proverbial facehugger given it’s obvious potential for parody, but was surprised to see it had passed them by. With the encouragement of friends, born out of cathartic need and our seemingly endless debate on the film, I decided to do my own version of a MAD magazine strip. I wanted it to look authentic, not just in the writing (keeping the American references, humor) and copying the strip format and art style of Mort Drucker (one of my art heroes) but also the paper texture and the worn fade look of the inks. I worked entirely in PhotoShop, customising brushes and actions to create a traditional pen and ink wash look. After many weekends of work, what started out as a joking promise ended up as what you see here. Hopefully it strikes the right MAD magazine tone of being mildly amusing and irreverent but not cruel and abusive.

Aside from my obvious affection for MAD and the art of Mort Drucker, I do (believe it or not) have an amount of respect for those involved in the making of the film. At the risk of undermining the humor, Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors (principally for two of my favorite films; Alien and Blade Runner). I think the cast are very good actors, (especially Charlize Theron!) The concept art and design of the film is excellent. The directing is mercifully free of camera shake, edit-fu and lens flares. The story is… the story is…. errr …see parody!

Click the above link for the entire strip. Harrison also created concept art for the “Aliens vs Predator” game for SEGA.

PrometheArse

Image Source: Mark Harrison

 
  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    Bet the whole thing has less plot holes and is more enjoyable than the movie.

    • Drool Bear

      Just read the whole comic and yes, you are correct. Much more enjoyable than the movie. I really wonder how many people will actually go to see Prometheus II or just wait for it on DVD.