Aliens: Headhunters is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #117, in January 1997. Originally published in black and white, the story was written by Mike W. Barr, illustrated by Gene Colan, lettered by Sean Konot, and edited by Bob Schreck. The issue of Dark Horse Presents also featured an Aliens cover by artist Duncan Fegredo.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Headhunters was preceded by Aliens: Lovesick, and was followed by Aliens: Pig.

Publisher's Summary

Two retirement-minded bounty hunters hope to make some quick cash by selling Alien skulls in "Headhunters," an all-new story by super-scribe Mike W. Barr and legendary artist Gene Colan.

Reprint History

Aliens: Headhunters was eventually collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 6 in December 2008.

The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on July 31, 2013, collected with Aliens: Tourist Season and reusing Duncan Fegredo's cover art from Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #117.

Behind the Scenes

Headhunters is notably one of seven black and white Aliens comics from Dark Horse that have never been reprinted in color, the others being Aliens: Countdown, Aliens: Border Lines, Aliens: 45 Seconds, Aliens: Elder Gods, Aliens: Tourist Season and Aliens: Once in a Lifetime.

Veteran comics artist Gene Colan also worked on the Predator series Predator: Hell & Hot Water.


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