Marvel of then was not the Marvel of today. Yes, Superman and Spiderman have always been and always will be, but as a profitable company, back in the 1980s, Marvel was nowhere near where it is today. They wanted to grab some of the fame that came with ALF, and they took ALF and gave it a Marvel touch.
Marvel Comics published a series of books telling the tale of ALF, the comics. All together 50 books were released, and for the huge fans and collectors, they are worth a few big bucks. We don’t expect him to show up in an “Avengers” movie anytime soon though.
Molly Hagan as Pregnant Woman
When a show becomes successful, it has a Christmas Special, and when "ALF" became successful, Molly Hagan starred in "ALF's" holiday treat. It was in 1987, and the two-part episode featured a woman in labor, played by Hagan. Imagine that, simply having a one-off role credited as "pregnant woman?"
ALF is called to the rescue when he realizes the woman is in need of help. Now, it all seemed to be a little unreal, and there was a feeling that the episode writers went a bit too far with the story, however, it did warm our hearts and fulfilled the holiday purpose.
Molly Hagan - Now
The two episodes Molly Hagan starred in back in 1987 were a drop in the ocean. As of today, she has gained more than 150 acting credits. She has starred in almost every show we can think of. "Grey’s Anatomy," "CIS: Los Angeles," and "iZombie" are just a small part of the list of TV shows that Hagan has featured in over the years.
The more mature audience will remember her from "Knots Landing" and "Dallas." These days she plays in the series "Walker," playing the character Abilene Walker. She has also appeared in shows such as "Better Call Saul," "The Orville," "Legion," and "How to Get Away with Murder" in recent times.
The Tanner Family was one of the most popular families in the 1980s. Everyone was familiar with Willie, Kate, Lynn, Brian, and their cat Lucky. But who remembers baby Eric? In the third season of the show, Kate gives birth to a new baby boy named Eric. Eric was part of the cast until the final episode.
Having another child was not part of the original script, and it were all kinds of improvisation as the show was running. Anne Schedeen (who played Kate Tanner) fell pregnant in real life. The production didn't want to let Anne go or replace her with another actress, so her pregnancy was written into the storyline.
Josh Blake as Jake Ochmonek
Josh Blake plays the role of Jake Ochmonek, the nephew who comes to live with his aunt and uncle. He goes through a difficult time, as most young teenagers would go through what he did, and eventually moves in next door with the Tanners.
ALF is Jake's role model. He looks up to him and sees beyond the lump of fur and, oh yeah, the fact that he's an extraterrestrial from the planet of Melmac. ALF helps Jake cope with life's obstacles and turns him into a well-educated and polite young man. Before "ALF," Blake had already been on TV shows such as "Comedy Factory" and "Once a Hero."