French comics artist, Moebius, dies aged 73

The BBC have reported that French comics artist, Jean Giraud – better known by his alias, Moebius – has died aged 73 after a battle with cancer.

As well as in his homeland and across Europe, Giraud was popular in the US and Japan, having worked alongside Stan Lee and several manga artists amongst others. He helped launch, and contributed to, Metal Hurlant (and, later, its English language version Heavy Metal) in the 1970s, creating characters such as Arzach, the silent figure who glides above alien canyons astride a giant bird.

Giraud won many admirers in the film world too, and contributed designs to films such as Alien, Tron, Willow, Masters of the Universe, The Abyss and The Fifth Element.