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Movie and TV Martians before 'The Martian'

Movie and TV Martians before 'The Martian'

The mysteries of the Red Planet have long captured the imagination of storytellers and filmmakers, and Hollywood’s latest effort to grow life on Mars is Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” in theaters this Friday.

In the film Matt Damon plays U.S. astronaut Mark Watney, but as per the title, he’s arguably the first Martian -- he becomes an inhabitant of the Red Planet after his crew accidentally leaves him behind.

But he’s certainly not Hollywood’s first Martian. From vicious belligerents and vengeful ghosts to silly soldiers and lovable goofs, here are some of the previous depictions of Martians on the big and small...