Starwatcher

Moebius: Starwatcher (1986)
Éditions Aedena/Dargaud

24.5 x 29.7cm, 104 pages

An androgynous, pointed hat stargazer, sitting with a book of Jack Vance’s Tschaï and holding in their hands a mysterious box… The eponymous Starwatcher is another of Moebius’ iconic creations that has gripped the imagination of comic book readers alike just as Arzach did a decade before.

Moebius: Starwatcher is a magnificent art book collecting Moebius’ oeuvre during the 1980s and also some lesser known works Jean Giraud made during a period he was briefly in Tahiti when part of a commune/cult set up by Jean-Paul Appel-Guéry (to distinguish these works apart from Moebius he usually penned them under “Jean Gir”). Starwatcher was released under Moebius’ newly founded French publishing house Éditions Aedena, named after the The Aedena Cycle (later known as The World of Edena) story arc that Moebius was in the middle of drawing at the time that follows the interstellar journey of repairmen Atan and Stel. Éditions Aedena would later expand its operations into the US market and would rebrand this new anglophone publishing venture as: Starwatcher Graphics.

Starwatcher, book
Signed Starwatcher drawing by Moebius inscribed to a friend from Palo Alto
Starwatcher

Moebius: Starwatcher collects the book La Mémoire du Futur (The Memory of the Future) first published in 1983 under Éditions Gentiane (Jean Giraud’s earlier publishing entity which predominantly published work from his other alter ego “Gir”) as well as gathering together work from his portfolios of the time and is divided into the following sections:

Autobiographie (Autobiography),
La Mémoire du Futur (The Memory of the Future),
Futurs Magiques (Future Magic),
Un Après-Midi a Pharagonescia (An Afternoon in Pharagonesia),
Destin 3 Pour Edena (Destiny 3 for Edena),
Starwatcher.

Starwatcher, Autobiographie
Starwatcher, Autobiographie
Starwatcher, La Mémoire du Futur
Starwatcher, La Mémoire du Futur
Starwatcher, Futurs Magiques
Starwatcher, Futurs Magiques
Starwatcher, Un Après-Midi a Pharagonescia
Starwatcher, Un Après-Midi a Pharagonescia
Starwatcher, Destin 3 Pour Edena
Starwatcher, Destin 3 Pour Edena
Starwatcher, Starwatcher
Starwatcher, Starwatcher III
Starwatcher, Starwatcher I & II
Starwatcher, Cristal Star

Such was the enduring appeal of Moebius’ Starwatcher character that a short 5 and a half minute 3D animated pilot film Starwatcher (1991) was made which had accompanying music written by pioneering Greek composer Vangelis (known for his timeless score to Blade Runner (1982)) for a planned Starwatcher feature length film (years before Pixar would later make that breakthrough with their first 3D animated feature film Toy Story (1995)) and also had Blade Runner’s director Ridley Scott attached to it too. Alas the untimely passing the following year of Alain Guiot the executive producer and founder of Starwatcher’s French production studio Videosystem/Medialab and then it’s subsequent acquisition by Canal+ sadly put an end to the dream project.

Virtual Meltdown

Virtual Meltdown: Images of Moebius (1992)
Graphitti Designs

26.5 x 29.4cm, 179 pages

Virtual Meltdown: Images of Moebius is the tenth and final volume of a limited edition of 1500, signed & numbered hardback collection of beautiful, bound, books published by Graphitti Designs that collects and reprints the acclaimed trade paperbacks that were originally published by Marvel/Epic Comics and is sometimes referred to as Moebius 10.

The front and back covers of Virtual Meltdown feature panels from Moebius’ work Marie Dakar (1991), first published in French bandes dessinées magazine (A Suivre) but sadly for some reason not included in this book. Wrapped in a purple faux leather hardcover with embossed gold foil lettering, Virtual Meltdown is physically larger then the previous Graphitti Designs volumes Moebius 1-9 and is almost the same size as a 12” vinyl LP.

Virtual Meltdown, book
Virtual Meltdown, signed & numbered page
Virtual Meltdown

This volume collects the Moebius Marvel/Epic Comics’ books Chaos and Metallic Memories which is divided into the following chapter headings:

Chaos:
Parapsychology,
Wonders of the Universe,
Stories Inside Something.

Metallic Memories:
Alien Artifacts,
Forbidden Lands,
Screaming Stars,
Erotic Dreams.

Virtual Meltdown, Chaos
Virtual Meltdown, Parapsychology
Virtual Meltdown, Parapsychology
Virtual Meltdown, Wonders of the Universe
Virtual Meltdown, Wonders of the Universe
Virtual Meltdown, Stories Inside Something
Virtual Meltdown, Stories Inside Something
Virtual Meltdown, Metallic Memories
Virtual Meltdown, Alien Artifacts
Virtual Meltdown, Alien Artifacts
Virtual Meltdown, Forbidden Lands
Virtual Meltdown, Forbidden Lands
Virtual Meltdown, Screaming Stars
Virtual Meltdown, Screaming Stars
Virtual Meltdown, Erotic Dreams
Virtual Meltdown, Erotic Dreams

Both the Marvel/Epic Comics paperbacks and the Graphitti Designs hardback books are sadly now long out of print, rare editions that are much sought after today. Amazingly, Graphitti Designs still has copies in stock of Moebius 4-9 (at the time of writing) and is available online through their website here.

Moebius 7

Moebius 7 (1990)
Graphitti Designs

22 x 28.5cm, 219 pages

Moebius 7 is the seventh volume of a limited edition of 1500, signed & numbered hardback collection of beautiful, bound, books published by Graphitti Designs that collects and reprints the acclaimed trade paperbacks that were originally published by Marvel/Epic Comics, Graphitti Designs and Dark Horse. Graphitti Designs’ Moebius 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9 books contain the Western comics of Blueberry that were drawn under Jean Giraud’s other alias “GIR” and not by Moebius so therefore are omitted from inclusion.

The book jacket of Moebius 7 features an image of spacefaring repairmen Atan and Stel (the central characters of Moebius’ galactic saga The World of Edena). Once the book jacket is taken off, it reveals underneath a sharp black faux leather hardcover with embossed gold foil stamped “Moebius 7” signature styled title and in the bottom-right hand a unique Starwatcher hand drawn styled circular icon.

Moebius 7, jacket
Moebius 7, book
Moebius 7, signed & numbered page

This volume collects Marvel/Epic Comics’ Moebius 7: The Goddess, Graphitti Designs’ Moebius ½: The Early Moebius & Other Humorous Stories and Dark Horse’s Moebius 0: The Horny Goof & Other Underground Stories paperbacks which contains the following Moebius works:

The Goddess,
Black Thursday,
Jeopardized!,
The Danger of Having a Speck In Your Eye,
Happy Holidays!,
The Computer,
There Were Some Scrumbles in the Big Crate,
2R/R2+R1,
Season’s Greetings…,
Fin (The End),
Good News,
Thief!,
We Should Be More Careful About The Neighbors!…,
The Grand Hotel B,
The Mysteries of the Erotic Arts,
Moebius Circa ‘74,
Carnet 3,
In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker,
The Gold Digger,
The Horny Goof,
Deima,
You’re The Object Of This And That,
Harzack,
The Invaders.

Moebius 7, The Goddess
Moebius 7, Black Thursday
Moebius 7, Jeopardized!
Moebius 7, The Grand Hotel B
Moebius 7, Moebius Circa ‘74
Moebius 7, Carnet 3
Moebius 7, The Horny Goof

Both the Marvel/Epic Comics paperbacks and the Graphitti Designs hardback books are sadly now long out of print, rare editions that are much sought after today. Amazingly, Graphitti Designs still has copies in stock of Moebius 4-9 (at the time of writing) and is available online through their website here.

Moebius 3

Moebius 3 (1988)
Graphitti Designs

22 x 28.5cm, 315 pages

Moebius 3 is the third volume of a limited edition of 1500, signed & numbered hardback collection of beautiful, bound, books published by Graphitti Designs that collects and reprints the acclaimed trade paperbacks that were originally published by Marvel/Epic Comics.

The book jacket of Moebius 3 features a blown up panel of Class “R” Detective John Difool (the protagonist of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ epic story The Incal) as he is about to be thrown over the edge by masked men, centred and framed on a forest green. Once the book jacket is taken off, it reveals underneath a leafy green faux leather hardcover with embossed gold foil stamped “The Incal” title in serif type and in the bottom-right hand a unique embossed Starwatcher hand drawn styled circular icon.

Moebius 3, jacket
Moebius 3, book
Moebius 3, signed & numbered page

This volume collects Marvel/Epic Comics’ The Incal 1, The Incal 2 and The Incal 3 paperbacks which contains all 6 books of The Incal which are:

The Black Incal,
The Luminous Incal,
What Lies Beneath,
What Is Above,
The Fifth Essence – Part One: The Dreaming Galaxy,
The Fifth Essence – Part Two: Planet Difool.

Moebius 3, The Black Incal
Moebius 3, The Luminous Incal
Moebius 3, What Lies Beneath
Moebius 3, What Is Above
Moebius 3, The Fifth Essence – Part One: The Dreaming Galaxy
Moebius 3, The Fifth Essence – Part Two: Planet Difool

Both the Marvel/Epic Comics paperbacks and the Graphitti Designs hardback books are sadly now long out of print, rare editions that are much sought after today. Amazingly, Graphitti Designs still has copies in stock of Moebius 4-9 (at the time of writing) and is available online through their website here.

Moebius 2

Moebius 2 (1988)
Graphitti Designs

22 x 28.5cm, 219 pages

Moebius 2 is the second volume of a limited edition of 1500, signed & numbered hardback collection of beautiful, bound, books published by Graphitti Designs that collects and reprints the acclaimed trade paperbacks that were originally published by Marvel/Epic Comics.

The book jacket of Moebius 2 features an illustration of private eye Pete Club (the protagonist of Dan O’Bannon and Moebius’ short story The Long Tomorrow) looking from high over a vertical futuristic cityscape below, centred and framed on a warm pastel tangerine (originally this cover illustration featured on the pastel blue cover of Marvel/Epic Comics’ Moebius 6: Pharagonesia & Other Strange Stories paperback). Once the book jacket is taken off, it reveals underneath an earthy teal faux leather hardcover with embossed gold foil stamped “Moebius 2” signature styled title and in the bottom-right hand a unique embossed Starwatcher hand drawn styled circular icon (but unlike Moebius 1 without gold foil).

Moebius 2, jacket
Moebius 2, book
Moebius 2, signed & numbered page

This volume collects Moebius 4: The Long Tomorrow & Other Science Fiction Stories, Moebius 5: The Gardens of Aedena and Moebius 6: Pharagonesia & Other Strange Stories which contains the following Moebius works:

The Long Tomorrow,
It’s A Small Universe,
There is a Prince Charming on Phenixon,
Variation N°4070 on “The” Theme,
Approaching Centauri,
Blackbeard and the Pirate Brain,
Christmas on Lipponia,
The Artifact,
Split, the Little Space Pioneer,
Is Man Good?,
The Gardens of Aedena,
Journey to the Center of an Unfaithful Body,
Hit Man,
Shore Leave on Pharagonesia,
Absoluten Calfeutrail,
The Hunt for the Vacationing Frenchman,
White Nightmare,
The Apple Pie,
Double Escape,
Rock City.

Moebius 2, The Long Tomorrow
Moebius 2, It’s A Small Universe
Moebius 2, There is a Prince Charming on Phenixon
Moebius 2, Variation N°4070 on “The” Theme
Moebius 2, Approaching Centauri
Moebius 2, Blackbeard and the Pirate Brain
Moebius 2, Christmas on Lipponia
Moebius 2, The Artifact
Moebius 2, Split, the Little Space Pioneer
Moebius 2, Is Man Good?
Moebius 2, The Gardens of Aedena
Moebius 2, Journey to the Center of an Unfaithful Body
Moebius 2, Hit Man
Moebius 2, Shore Leave on Pharagonesia
Moebius 2, Absoluten Calfeutrail
Moebius 2, The Hunt for the Vacationing Frenchman
Moebius 2, White Nightmare
Moebius 2, The Apple Pie
Moebius 2, Double Escape
Moebius 2, Rock City

Both the Marvel/Epic Comics paperbacks and the Graphitti Designs hardback books are sadly now long out of print, rare editions that are much sought after today. Amazingly, Graphitti Designs still has copies in stock of Moebius 4-9 (at the time of writing) and is available online through their website here.