I was lucky enough a week ago to be able to show The Day the Earth Stood Still to my classes. It took a few days, and it was something of a reward, but it was also a chance to involve them in a movie they would otherwise be indifferent to. Modern students have a disdain for black and white movies, and I never miss a chance to get one in front of them. They automatically close their minds to an overwhelming percentage of films simply because of this bias.
I approach the movie as the Christ allegory that it is, and that gets it under the scrutiny of my curriculum overlords. But this is a movie that is just good on its own merits and should be seen as film literature. That's a tougher sell in the modern world of education overwhelmed by testing requirements.
But I got this one in and they seemed by and large to really enjoy it. Some even commented on it and their behavior showed me they plugged into it in ways they didn't anticipate nor in many cases admit to.
But this movie has an origin. It's an adaptation of the short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry G. Bates. If you'd like to read that original story just click on the title above.
That story, and not the film I hasten to add, was adapted to comics back in the Bronze Age by Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics. He got the impressive team of Ross Andru and Wayne Howard to do the art chores, and they gave the story a sleek modern interpretation.
Below is that adaptation done for an issue of Marvel's impressive science fiction comic Worlds Unknown.