Jean (Moebius) Giraud (1938 – 2012).

§ March 11th, 2012 § Filed under obituary § 1 Comment

I’d been aware of the work of Moebius before coming across The Incal as it was being serialized in Heavy Metal back in the early ’80s…but there was something about the art, the weird things happening in the story, the nearly dreamlike quality of the whole endeavor, that grabbed my attention.

For whatever reason, I didn’t get all the chapters as they were serialized, but a few years later I certainly snapped up the three volume Incal series Marvel published. Finally getting the whole story together…well, didn’t make things any more clear, but it’s still beautiful and interesting and just plain strange. And that’s fine with me.

Thanks, Moebius, for this and your other wonderful works.

(Here is the L.A. Times obituary, which is a lot more eloquent than I am. EDIT: And here is a much more thorough obituary from Tom Spurgeon.)

One Response to “Jean (Moebius) Giraud (1938 – 2012).”

  • My older brother had the first bunch of issues of Heavy Metal when they came out.

    He never had any interest in comics or stuff like that, but early Heavy Metal was a thing unto itself.

    Needless to say, I would frequently dive into those magazines and was turned on to weird and wonderful worlds of adventure and imagination (and boobies).

    Moebius’ Arzach (and other iterations on that theme) being the first examples of my above sentiment.
    But I remained a fan for decades, and would, when possible, grab some recent work of his.
    The Stan Lee penned, Silver Surfer reimagining: “Parable” being one such instance.

    I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I had heard that Moebius was to have illustrated a Doctor Strange project, that met with an end – before it had even begun. I searched for years for ANY sign of design work on that regard – to no avail.

    Now, I will have to break out the old Heavy Metal mags and groove on the master’s vision.

    Somewhere, he is riding a strange bird into the heavens.