We’re a little late getting the article up on this, but Jean “Moebius” Giraud passed away today after a long illness at the age of 73. Moebius was well known for his detailed art style, which inspired (among other things) the mechanical designs for the Nostromo in Alien, as well as influencing artists in the US as well as Japan (including Katsuhiro Otomo, who would write the manga Akira, as well as write and direct the film adaptation).

American audiences would be most familiar with his work through the miniseries Silver Surfer: Parable, written by Stan Lee, and his stories from Metal Hurlant, which were translated and published in Heavy Metal Magazine. These stories included Arzach, and The Airtight Garage (originally titled The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius – as in the Michael Moorcock character).