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Since dawn's crack has man looked to the stars in wonder; often pondering his insignificance over a hot buttered crumpet; asking the eternal question, 'Are we alone in it all?' Today, dear friend, today he finds out...

It Came! is a 2013 British comic book series "directed" by Dan Boultwood.

Told in the style of a low-budget B-Movie from The '50s, the comic tells the story of Dr. Boy Brett and his "lady" friend, Doris Night, who encounter a gigantic extraterrestrial robot terrorizing the English countryside.

It Troped!:

  • Actor Existence Failure: In-universe, Dick Claymore (who had a fake pilot's licence) disappeared while flying in the "Ipswich Triangle" and was presumed dead.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of cheesy 50's B Movies.
  • The Alcoholic: Dick Claymore, according to what amounts to his in-universe IMDb page. It Came's budget was so low because Pinetree Studios kept covering Claymore's bar tab.
  • All There in the Manual: The trade edition includes fake histories for the "actors", photos from the set, and even period-appropriate merchandise for the movie.
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  • Alliterative Name: Frances Florence Flaunders, a.k.a. Fanny Flaunders.
  • Animated Actors: A certainty given that the comic is presented as an actual B-Movie. Dr. Boy Brett is played by prolific boozehound Dick Claymore and Doris is played by Fanny Flaunders.
  • Artistic License – Geography: Lampshaded.
    Doris: I didn't think [the Marble Arch] was this close to Piccadilly?
    Dr. Brett: This is no time for geographical accuracy, Doris!
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Happens to Dr. Brett. Twice.
    Dr. Brett: Well, it's all gone brown in Trouser Town...
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Fanny Flaunders, a.k.a. "Doris", after retiring from acting.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Lost Valley of the Lost and Myopic Moon Men from the Moon.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Dr. Brett and his colleagues each have one, which are apparently necessary for "optimum sciencing."
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  • Dumb Blonde: The secretary at the Mayfair Space Laboratory doubts dinosaurs existed because she has never seen a photo of one.
  • Expy: Pinetree Studios is a schlockier version of Pinewood Studios.
  • For Science!: Frequently proclaimed by Dr. Brett.
  • Flying Saucer: Grurk's flying saucer is clearly a prop wrapped in aluminum foil... and held up by a piece of string.
  • Groin Attack: Doris gives a richly-deserved one to Boy at the very end as punishment for his humiliating treatment of her.
  • Irony: The purpose of Grurk's invasion is to kidnap Britons and steal their Stiff Upper Lips for itself. Its weakness turns out to be that other quintessential British characteristic, the Spot of Tea.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Dr. Brett, who is constantly referred to as a "great scientific mind," thinks that the "hundreds of solar systems" in space revolve around our Sun.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Closer to Nice Character, Erratic Alcoholic Actor with Dick.
  • Pokémon Speak: Grurk.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Turns out that Grurk's motive is to steal the very Britishness of its victims, seen when they lose their the stiffness of their upper lips.
  • Spot of Tea: "The very thing that maintains our Britishness." Turns out to be Grurk's weakness.
  • Stock British Phrases: YES.
  • Typecasting: invoked Fanny Flaunders started out as a secretary at Pinetree Studios, and her first few roles had her cast as one.


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