Jean "Moebius" Giraud RIP

Reply Thu 15 Mar, 2012 12:44 pm
damn, i loved this guys art

In 1975 he revived the Moebius pseudonym, and with Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Philippe Druillet, and Bernard Farkas, he became one of the founding members of the comics art group "Les Humanoides Associes". Together they started the magazine Métal Hurlant, the magazine known in the English speaking world as Heavy Metal . Moebius' famous serial The Airtight Garage and his groundbreaking Arzach both began in Métal Hurlant. In 1976 Metal Hurlant published The Long Tomorrow written by Dan O'Bannon.

Arzach is a wordless comic, created in a conscious attempt to breathe new life into the comic genre which at the time was dominated by American superhero comics. It tracks the journey of the title character flying on the back of his pterodactyl through a fantastic world mixing medieval fantasy with futurism. Unlike most science fiction comics it has no captions, no speech balloons and no written sound effects. It has been argued that the wordlessness provides the strip with a sense of timelessness, setting up Arzach's journey as a quest for eternal, universal truths.

His series The Airtight Garage is particularly notable for its non-linear plot, where movement and temporality can be traced in multiple directions depending on the readers own interpretation even within a single planche (page). The series tells of Major Grubert, who is constructing his own universe on an Asteroid named fleur, here he encounters a wealth of fantastic characters including Michael Moorcock's creation Jerry Cornelius.

In 1981 he started his famous L'Incal series in collaboration with Alejandro Jodorowsky.

In his later life, Moebius decided to revive the Arzak character in an elaborate new adventure series, the first volume of a planned trilogy, Arzak l'arpenteur, appeared in 2010. He also began new work in the Airtight Garage series with a volume entitled Le chasseur déprime.

one of my favourite works was Parable, a Silver Surfer tale he did for Marvel Comics


A two-issue Silver Surfer miniseries (later collected as Silver Surfer: Parable), scripted by Lee and drawn by Moebius, was published through Marvel's Epic Comics imprint in 1988 and 1989. Because of inconsistencies with other stories, it has been argued that these stories actually feature an alternate Silver Surfer from a parallel Earth. This miniseries won the Eisner Award for best finite/limited series in 1989.

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Reply Thu 15 Mar, 2012 04:56 pm
Wow, I hadn't come across the name since the mid eighties when I'd read his comic strip in Heavy Metal magazine.
Reply Thu 15 Mar, 2012 06:47 pm
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Reply Fri 16 Mar, 2012 10:59 pm
Aw, I had not heard about this. His art was awesome.
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2012 12:28 am
"Any man's death diminishes me"

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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2012 11:20 am
heavy metal was how i first found him too
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