Bug-Eyed Monster

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You may be looking for BEM (Bemusing Magazine), a UK comics zine.

Synonyms: B.E.M.
See also: tentacles, Little Green Men, aliens
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Bug-Eyed Monster or BEM is a fannish term for an early science fiction trope wherein aliens tended to be "grotesque creatures with huge, oversized or compound eyes and a lust for women, blood and/or general destruction."[1]

Professional science fiction illustrators drew plenty of BEMs for sf magazines, and BEMs were also popular in sf films.[2] Modern media fan artists tend to be more interested in portraits of their BSOs than in imagining the grotesque, but there are always exceptions.

Examples in Fanart


  1. ^ Wikipedia:Bug-eyed monster. (Accessed 3 October 2013)
  2. ^ See April 1949 Super Science Stories cover and Invasion of the Saucer-Men movie poster (1957).