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Jean Giraud, known as Moebius, 73, ‘one of the greatest artists of world comic art’

DEAUVILLE FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07:  (FILE PHOTO) French artist Jean Giraud or Moebius as he is know arrives premiere

DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: (FILE PHOTO) French artist Jean Giraud or Moebius as he is know arrives at the premiere for The Fountain at the 32nd Deauville Festival Of American Film on September 7, 2006 in Deauville, France. Jean Giraud, 73, died on March 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images) Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=141211422&EditorialProduct=Archival&esource=maplinARC_uki_mar12

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Updated: April 13, 2012 10:36AM



PARIS — French comics artist Jean Giraud, known by fans from Hollywood to Japan as Moebius and the creator of unsettling, eye-opening fantasy worlds in print and on film, has died at 73.

Publishing house Dargaud announced the death in a statement and hailed “one of the greatest artists of world comic art.” France’s Europe-1 radio said he died Saturday after a long illness, according to his family.

Mr. Giraud worked on several Hollywood films including “Alien,” “Tron” and “The Fifth Element” and was a co-founder of U.S. comics magazine Heavy Metal in 1975.

Born in 1938, he first found success with the “Blueberry” western series in France in the 1960s before moving into science fiction. He worked under his real name as well as the pseudonym Gir but was best known as Moebius.

AP



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