Little Nemo Aliens

 Little Nemo on the Moon (1910 c.)

The last post about the aliens in the Disney comics I found inspired me these wider considerations on alien and sequential art.

“Talking animals” were a important tradition in narrative, dating back to old Egypt. Here they where present in two levels: the serious stories of their zoomorphic gods, and comic stories of symbolic animals. These stories were probably the first examples of "sequential art", becoming the oldest ancestors of modern comics.

In Greek tradition, zoomorphic gods became “demonized”, but “talking animals” survived in comic stories. The whole Homeric cycle is re-written (in the tradition, by Homerus himself) in the Batracomiomacheia, or the Comic War of the Frogs. Here we see a “rewriting” of the war between Greece and Troy as a war between Frogs and Mices: the Troian Horse becomes a mouse-trap. But perhaps it is the Iliad that rewrites the history of an alien war, and the “parody” is the true secret story of an alien war against reptilians “frogs”...

From then, “talking animals” continued to be protagonists of “comic stories” in classical, medieval and modern age. The firstmodern comic to travel in space is Little Nemo, a "dream traveller" whose name is inspired by Verne's Nemo, from Ulysses' name. In 1910 Little Nemo travel in dream to the moon and discovers the great faces of some sleeping giants (very similar to martian faces…). From then, comics adventures on the moon became a theme present in the comics art of the origin, until the development of adventure comics in the late Twenties. "Buck Rogers" (1929) was the first science fiction hero in comics, and probably the first to fight the evil aliens (of Queen Ardala) in an adventure comic. 

One year before, the mason Walt Disney created his Mickey Mouse (1928) in animation, who will soon became the leader of the world of humoristic-adventurous comics, until now, dominating even the theme of alien in humoristic comics.

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