WSIL -- With all the talk about life on Mars recently we decided to dedicate this week's Way Back Wednesday to popular alien life forms.
E.T. The Extraterrestrial landed here on earth more than 30 years ago, changing the lives of kids all over the country. The little alien ends up stuck here for some time while a boy and his family helps ET return to his home planet. The movie held the title of highest grossing film for eleven years, beating Star Wars. But was then unseated by Jurassic Park in 1993.
Up next is Marvin the Martian. Bugs Bunny had outwitted the likes of Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd, so it was time for new competition. So in 1948, Marvin made his debut in the cartoon "Haredevil Hare." Unlike other Looney Tune villains, Marvin was clever and quiet. In fact, it wasn't until years later that he was named when the company decided to include him in merchandise.
Children of the 80s will surely remember ALF. Gordon Shumway was an alien life form that landed here on earth and ended up spending four years with a family in the suburbs. The popular puppet spun off a cartoon series and lots of toys and games during his first run. Even after the show was cancelled ALF appeared from time to time in different specials. He even had a short lived talk show about a decade ago.