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Jean Giraud
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Giraud at the International Festival of Comics in Łódź, October 2008
Born Jean Henri Gaston Giraud
(1938-05-08)8 May 1938
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died 10 March 2012(2012-03-10) (aged 73)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Area(s) Writer, Artist
Pseudonym(s) Gir, Moebius, Jean Gir
Notable works
  • Blueberry
  • Arzach
  • The Incal
Notable collaborations
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jean-Michel Charlier
Awards full list
Claudine Conin (m. 1967–1994)

Isabelle Champeval (m. 1995–2012)
Children Hélène Giraud (1970), Julien Giraud (1972), Raphaël Giraud (1989), Nausicaa Giraud (1995)

Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (8 May 1938 – 10 March 2012) was a French artist, cartoonist, and writer. He was known for his comic Blueberry. His pseudonym was Mœbius or Gir.

His most famous works include the series Blueberry, created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier, featuring one of the first anti-heroes in Western comics. As Mœbius he created a wide range of science fiction and fantasy comics in a highly imaginative, surreal, almost abstract style. Giraud made the original character designs and did visual development for Warner Bros.’ partly animated 1996 movie Space Jam.

Mœbius also contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, such as Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element and The Abyss. Blueberry was adapted for the screen in 2004 by French director Jan Kounen.

Cover for Silver Surfer: Parable

A two-issue Silver Surfer miniseries (later collected as Silver Surfer: Parable), scripted by Lee and drawn by Moebius, was published through Marvel's Epic Comics imprint in 1988 and 1989. Because of inconsistencies with other stories, it has been argued that these stories actually feature an alternate Silver Surfer from a parallel Earth. This miniseries won the Eisner Award for best finite/limited series in 1989.

Giraud's prestige in France – where comics are held in high artistic regard – is enormous; In 1988 Moebius was chosen, among 11 other winners of the prestigious Grand Prix of the Angoulême Festival, to illustrate a postage stamp set issued on the theme of communication.

Giraud was born in Nogent-sur-Marne. He died on 10 March 2014 in Paris from lymphoma, aged 73.

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