Métal Hurlant, the hugely influential French comics magazine published between 1975 and 1987, featured groundbreaking work by some of Europe’s greatest comic artists. It introduced legendary creators like Jean (Moebius) Giraud and Philippe Druilet to international audiences and paved the way for its enduring and sometimes notorious American counterpart, Heavy Metal.
Unfortunately, for English speaking fans with tight budgets and terrible foreign language skills, translations of Métal Hurlant’s classic comic strips have become increasingly hard to find. The most conspicuously absent l’éléphant in the room has been the magazine’s co-founder and most famous creator, Moebius (1938-2012). Many of the late artist’s masterpieces from the era – including Arzach, The Long Tomorrow and The Airtight Garage – disappeared from the shelves of US and UK comic stores years ago, with old Marvel and Dark Horse translations from the late-80s and mid-90s now changing hands for often ridiculously-inflated sums of money.
And it’s not just Moebius. Other Métal Hurlant strips – ranging from Serge Clerc’s hip, rock and roll, Atom Style artistry (Rock City, Phil Perfect) to the pioneering feminist stories of Chantal Montellier (“1996”, Andy Gang) – have been poorly served in the English language market, if indeed at all. This anglophone neglect even applies to the saucy fantasy epic Den by Richard Corben, despite the fact he’s an American guy who originally wrote it in English.
The Anglo-American Moebius famine should hopefully be coming to an end now that Dark Horse have signed a new publishing deal with the artist’s estate. While their excellent Moebius Library has thus far concentrated on his later works like The Edena Cycle and his autobiographical Inside Moebius series, it hopefully won’t be long until his classic Métal Hurlant-era material receives an equally lavish English language treatment.
In the meantime, here’s a list of Métal Hurlant classics that are currently available in English, including a few by Moebius himself that somehow managed to sneak through passport control (you can click on the links to go straight to the title):
That’s it for now. I’ll regularly update this post as new titles become available, but in the meantime please let me know in the comment section below if there’s anything I’ve overlooked.
Comics & Graphic Novels at Amazon
- Altitude Film Distribution (06/01/2018)
- Prime Video, Suitable for 15 years and over
- Running time: 107 minutes
- Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, Alex Wolff, Vincent Kartheiser
- Molly Knox Ostertag
- Publisher: Graphix
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Andrew Smith
- Kindle Edition
- Hikari Evans
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Paperback: 38 pages
- David Bishop
- Vicious Imagery
- Kindle Edition
Last update on 2019-03-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API