Monday, November 14, 2005

Comic Artists

This is the first in an occasional series on comics and comic art that I enjoy.

This is the cover from the 2nd issue of the magazine Heavy Metal.

It was drawn by Jean "Moebius" Giraud, a French comics artist. Moebius was drawing his own published comic strip at 18. His major works (L'Incal, The Airtight Garage, Arzach) were all published in the French M├ętal Hurlant (a magazine which he co-created) during the 1970's. All were reprinted and comprised a major portion of the American iteration, Heavy Metal . He has also worked on many movies like Alien (1979), The Time Masters (1982), Tron (1982), Willow (1988), The Abyss (1989), The Fifth Element (1997).

"George Lucas used one of Giraud's designs for the Imperial Probe Droid in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Lucas' later Star Wars films also share many visual characteristics with Giraud's work, particularly the depiction of the city-planet Coruscant." - wikipedia


0477lThe first issue was done by another French artist named Jean-Michel Nicollet. It shows a female kneeling metal android smashing another android to bits on the ground. Pretty cool.

1 comment:

Olman Feelyus said...

Nice. That's a very cool find. What's on the cover of #1? When did Moebius start? Because I wouldn't have been able to guess that he was the artist. The color is very different as well. He tends towards much more pale and lighter colors.