Born Jean Henri Gaston Giraud, Moebius in my mind and heart, is the father of science fiction illustration. He’s paved the way for amazing artists like like Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) and Ricardo Delgado (Age of Reptiles Omnibus). His vivid imagination coupled with his insane attention to detail has carved itself into the minds of metalheads and sci fi buffs alike for four decades.
Starting out as an artist in the Franco-Belgian tradition ( a series of comics geared toward the French and Belgian) he grew to critical acclaim and was internationally recognized by such auteurs as Frederico Fellini, Stan Lee and Hayao Miyazaki for his work on the comicbook Arzach, which was the inspiration for the short film “Taarna” that appeared in the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal. His most notable creation was a collaboration he did with the psychedelic director Alejandro Jordorowsky called The Incal. The comic book was the inspiration for Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element which Alejandro and Mobieus sued Luc Besson over and lost.
Despite a trumultuous beginning Alejandro and Moebius remained steadfast and began work on adapting Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel DUNE for film, but that project fell apart in pre-production. Luckily his skills as an artist was still very sought out by Hollywood and he was called upon to be a storyboard artist on several Hollywood hits like Alien, Tron, Willow and strangely enough The Fifth Element.
When I think of Moebius and the cataloge of art he’s given the world, I don’t remember the art itself, but when and where I was the first time I saw it. Nostalgic feelings overwhelm me in a wave of glee. It’s hard to place my finger on my fascination with an illustrator who’s works I wouldn’t have been able to own, in his prime, simply because they were too mature, but that was the attraction then and the attraction now. Even today, I continue to see new works by the maestro that jettison me back to my youth, to a time when things were still a bit magical and taboo for a young boy trying to find his place in the world.
Jean Henri Gaston Giraud, your works will always be a reminder of wonder and discovery in a world that is still trying to catch up to what you created. May human’s one day understand your vision.
Moebius’s legacy lives on in his artwork. For more info on Moebius checkout this site.