Can anyone help me please, going slightly mad trying to track down a graphic novel I really enjoyed reading in the early 80's.

It was about a humanoid alien who picks up a load of humans, mostly deadbeats, and takes them on a trip across the galaxy. I remember an image of him landing a huge spaceship which looked a bit like a red and white Pacman next to the White House and it being vastly bigger than the White House, who are in the middle of announcing that there can't be other intelligent life in outer space.

It was quite humorous. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be really grateful. I've trawled the internet for days using every search idea I can think of both have come up blank so far.

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    Brilliant, That was it, thank you so much. Now to find a copy! I hadnt realised there was a movie, I will look that up too. Commented Aug 16, 2022 at 7:04

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Sounds like a part of the Heavy Metal movie from 1981. There was a graphic novel too.

The movie segment is partially based on the short story "So Beautiful and So Dangerous", by Angus McKie, which ran in Heavy Metal Magazine from October 1978 thru June 1979 and was published in book form in 1979.

I'm guessing you saw the book.

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    Originally(?) serialized as "So Beautiful and So Dangerous", by Angus McKie, in Heavy Metal magazine starting in March 1979. Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 22:51
  • Nice update. I'll add it to the text of the answer. Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 23:03
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    Thanks so much that is fantastic Commented Aug 16, 2022 at 7:05
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    @duncanwills: If this answers your question, please "accept" it by clicking on the check-mark icon near the top left of this answer. Commented Aug 16, 2022 at 11:47
  • That's... not the White House. I believe it's the Pentagon? Trying to find a matching photo from that angle... Commented Aug 16, 2022 at 20:52

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