Jean Giraud dies at 73.
Paris, 12 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
French designer and comic strip artist Jean Giraud
, also known as Mœbius and Gir, passed away on 10 March 2012 following a battle with cancer. He was 73.
Born in 1938, Giraud began to draw at the age of 12. He sold his first story to Marijac 3at the age of 15, and at the age of 16 began his training at the École des arts appliqués in Paris. At 18, he published his first works in publicity, fashion and decoration, and created his first comic strip (bande dessinée), Frank et Jérémie, published in 1956. He also began to work as a graphic artist for publications such as Fripounet et Marissette and Coeurs vaillants.
In 1974, Giraud co-founded Les Humanoïdes Associés
, a publication house dedicated to the Francophone tradition of bande dessinée, before going on to found the magazine Hurlant, in 1975, and Editions Aedena in 1984. Over his career he created many comic stip series including Blueberry
. He also collaborated in the graphic conception of films, notably of Ridley Scott’s Alien.