Comic Artist Jean Giraud, Better Known As Mœbius, Dies
Earlier today, pioneering French comic book artist Jean Henri Gaston Giruad passed away from cancer at the age of 73. Giruad, an award-winning artist and writer, was best known under his pseudonym of Mœbius.
Giraud was responsible for some of the greatest comic books, including Blueberry, La Garage Hermétique (The Airtight Garage), Arzach, and The Long Tomorrow. For his comic book art, he received numerous awards including 3 Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards, an Inkpot Award, and a World Fantasy Award.
Born in the suburbs of Paris in 1938, Giraud had little formal art training and spent limited time at the Arts Appliqués. The artist's career began at a young age in the magazine world, creating a regular strip for the publication Far West. During this time he co-created his most iconic character, Lieutenant Blueberry. Blueberry went on to win several major awards, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages, as well as a feature film.
In 1975, Giraud and several prominent French artists founded the seminal magazine Métal Hurlant. The publication was adapted for American audiences under the name Heavy Metal, spawning two successful animated films. Giraud created content in America, including an innovative take on Marvel Comic's Silver Surfer.
Not limited to comic books and magazine's, Giraud provided artistic design and storyboard assistance to many films including Tron, Alien, Willow, The Abyss, The Fifth Element and Little Nemo In Slumberland. Giraud even appeared in the Blueberry film.
The outpouring of comments from the comic book industry has been considerable. Here is a quote from Sandman creator Neil Gaiman, reflecting on his first exposure to Giraud:
I was — what — 14, and on a French Exchange to Paris and this beautiful magazine filled with comics opened my mind to what comics could be, and the art of Jean Giraud, AKA Moebius, made it so powerful and perfect. He drew different stories in different styles, and everything was beautiful. I bought a copy. I could only afford the one copy, but one was enough.
Here are several tweets from various, other comic book creators:
@brubaker (writer Ed Brubaker) Without Moebius, no Alien, no Bladerunner, no Heavy Metal, the magazine and movie.
@BillWillingham (Fables writer) Moebius' stories never failed to take me, willingly and with giddy enthusiasm, anywhere he wanted me to go. RIP.
@JoeQuesada (Marvel Comics editor) R.I.P Moebius, perhaps one of the greatest artist to ever walk this earth.