Friday Flashback - Heavy Metal

Friday Flashback is where I look back at the books, films, TV shows and million and one other things that have inspired me over the years in my storytelling and art. This week I'm have a look at the fantastic Sci-Fi an fantasy comic (not the film – that was last week!):
Heavy Metal Magazine is an American comic anthology that has a reputation for its blend of dark fantasy, science fiction and erotica.  Heavy Metal started its life in April 1977 as a glossy, full-colour monthly. However, it origins are from 1974 as the French science-fantasy magazine Métal Hurlant, the French title translates to literally, "Howling Metal."

Leonard Mogel (National Lampoon) discovered Métal Hurlant on a trip to France and decide to licence it in the U.S. under the new name, Heavy Metal, the rest as they say, is history.

Heavy Metal Magazine is, at the time of this post, owned and published by Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Over the years Heavy Metal has seen some of the greats work within its pages from writing to art:  Enki Bilal, Jean Giraud (also known as Moebius), Philippe Druillet, Milo Manara, Simon Bisley,  H.R. Giger, Jim Burns, Richard Corben, Pepe Moreno, boris vallejo, lorenzo sperlonga... the list just goes on and on!

Why was (and still) Heavy Metal such an influence on me and my work? How could it not be! A comic jammed packed full of amazing art and stories created by some of the industries best all based in science fiction and fantasy. I remember way back as a kid picking up copies of Heavy Metal from my local newsagents, when they were available, and reading them in my room after school. One thing I loved back then about Heavy Metal, and still do, is the fabulous art and would spend hours just looking at the pages and sketching (badly) the characters and creatures.

I will admit that Heavy Metal is not for everyone, it is without doubt an adult comic and embraces this fully. For me that is, and always has been a part of the appeal. Unlike many publishers Heavy Metal uses its adult status to propel its storytelling and art rather than the storytelling and art being about the adult material it portrays.

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  1. Interestingly this magazine Heavy Metal comics for adults mixing science fiction with eroticism and using near-naked women as our Character is very cool I liked 20 years now and I am fan!!!


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