1938: Birth of Jean Giraud - who isn't yet either Gir or Moebius - on May 8th in Nogent-sur-Marne. Jean is from the earliest age educated at the very efficient ABC school, whose slogan ("If you know how to write, you know how to draw") appeals to Misses Giraud, the mother. 1954: Jean Giraud enters the Arts Appliqués institution. 1955: He illustrates several issues of the publication Fiction. His first comic pages appear in Far-West, Sitting Bull, Fripounet et Marisette, Ames vaillantes, Coeur...See more
1938: Birth of Jean Giraud - who isn't yet either Gir or Moebius - on May 8th in Nogent-sur-Marne. Jean is from the earliest age educated at the very efficient ABC school, whose slogan ("If you know how to write, you know how to draw") appeals to Misses Giraud, the mother. 1954: Jean Giraud enters the Arts Appliqués institution. 1955: He illustrates several issues of the publication Fiction. His first comic pages appear in Far-West, Sitting Bull, Fripounet et Marisette, Ames vaillantes, Coeur vaillant and le Journal de l'armée. From 1959 to 1960 he performs his military service in Algeria. 1961: Under the guidance of Jijé, the seminal Belgian artist behind such comics as Spirou et Fantasio, Jean Giraud draws part of La Route de Coronado, an episode of the Western series Jerry Spring. 1963: Jijé returns the favor two years later by proposing that his protégé be the artist on the first volume of a brand-new series, also a Western, and titled Fort Navajo. This Western will soon become known by its more popular title: Blueberry. It is published in the magazine Pilote where Jean-Michel Charlier, the series' writer, is also Editor-In-Chief. At the same time, Jean transforms into Moebius for the first time and for a few short stories in another magazine, Hara Kiri, a monthly satirical publication. 1973: Appearance of the third and last alias of Jean Giraud. He signs Gir in a couple of the Fort Navajo volumes as well as in La Déviation, a story whose theme is more mature and whose graphic rendition is purer, belonging more to the world of Moebius than that of Jean Giraud. However, Jean chooses to put the name Moebius to sleep for a few years, from 1969to 1974, as he participates to a series of Sci-Fi illustrations for Opta, a French publishing house specializing in science fiction and crime fiction. Moebius reawakens in 1974. 1975: After having drawn, under one name or another, Le Bandard fou, Cauchemar blanc and L'Homme est-il bon?, Moebius embarks with fellow creators Philippe Druillet, Jean-Pierre Dionnet and businessman Bernard Farkas aboard the Métal Hurlant shuttle, which soon spirals into a revolutionary adventure. There he will publish the firs pages of Arzach, followed by Le Garage hermétique (The Airtight Garage), two resounding works that quickly come to rock the entire Franco-Belgian bande dessinée community. The same year, he meets Alexandro Jodorowsky. The young Chilean filmmaker is looking to adapt Frank Herbert's masterpiece Dune to the big screen. Jodorowsky needs the help of creative minds to bring the complex story to life, and Moebius is asked to work on the film's storyboards. The project falls apart but the duo of Jodorowsky / Moebius reforms soon after in 1978 for The Eyes of the Cat, their very first graphic collaboration. 1980: Moebius and Jodorowsky create together The Black Incal, the first volume in The Adventures of John Difool (which is later retitled The Incal). At the same time, Moebius draws conceptual designs for Ridley Scott's Alien, followed by the storyboards for Time Masters by René Laloux, and then Tronfor Walt Disney Studios. 1984: Moebius logically then migrates to the US and Hollywood. He offers himself some recreation, however, famously taking his stab at the US comics scene, drawing an episode of the Silver Surfer, Stan Lee's famous hero. All the while, he continues collaborating with filmmakers, notably James Cameron on The Abyss and Ron Howard on Willow. 1992: Pairing up with Jodorowsky once again, they come up with the three-part story Madwoman of the Sacred Heart. 1994: Again with Jodorowsky, he illustrates a long esoteric poem, pairing the words with erotic illustrations only he could pull off. This becomes Angel Claws. 1997: L'Homme du... See less
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