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Excalibur, 1981: See Bob Peak’s Poster Art (Used & Unused)

Bob Peak was one of the great movie poster artists of the ’70s and ’80s — you know his images if not his name. His breakthrough poster, stylistically, was for Rollerball (1975), and arguably his most famous was for Apocalypse Now (1979). Others in the classic Bob Peak style, featuring dramatic shadows and outward-streaming vectors […]

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The Brothers Hildebrandt’s Atlantis Calendar from 1982, an Untold Story

Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, twin fantasy illustrators who worked together as the Brothers Hildebrandt, became art heroes to J.R.R. Tolkien fans when they took on the assignment of illustrating the official 1976 J.R.R. Tolkien calendar. The ’76 calendar was a big hit, and the Hildebrandts returned to paint more scenes for the 1977 and 1978 […]

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Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ Gets a New Animated Video for its 50th Anniversary

Who says you can’t make a new video for a song that’s 50 years old? (Actually, nobody says that.) Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung,” from the 1971 album of the same name, is generally the group’s best-known tune and a staple of classic-rock radio — and it’s now been brought to life through rotoscoped animation by Iranian […]

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Watch Heavy Metal’s WonderCon 2021 Panels

WonderCon 2021 happened in COVID-19-era style — panels were held over video conference and watchable in a dizzying attack of YouTube streams. You couldn’t watch it all, but thanks to the miracle of technology you can now. You can watch all three of Heavy Metal’s WonderCon@Home 2021 panels — the Creators Panel, Fogler’s Fiction and […]

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Otomo & Akira Tribute Show Opens New NYC Comic Art Gallery

Philippe Labaune is a comic art collector who’s giving the art form a home in New York City with the opening of his Philippe Labaune Gallery at 534 West 24th St. The first show in the space, opening April 8, will be “Good For Health, Bad For Education: A Tribute to Otomo,” a celebration of […]

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Remember This? The Trailer for ‘Heavy Metal 2000’

There have been two Heavy Metal movies — the original Heavy Metal from 1981, and its follow-up Heavy Metal 2000 (we won’t tell you what year it came out). Heavy Metal was a classic of groundbreaking animation ripped from the greatest illustrated fantasy magazine ever. If we do say so ourselves. Heavy Metal 2000, which […]

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What Was ‘Gundaar’? A Mysterious Moebius Movie We’ll Never See

Have you seen Moebius’ “Gundaar”? When legendary comics artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud died in 2012, he left behind arguably the all-time most impressive body of sequential storytelling. Not only did Moebius create elegant imagery that influenced other artists and filmmakers, he did so for a long time, in various formats, with different collaborators. Some of […]

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Frank Thorne, ‘Red Sonja’ Artist, 1930-2021

Frank Thorne, the grey-bearded wizard of comics famous for his portrayals of alluring female warriors — most famously, Red Sonja — has died at the age of 90. Thorne and his wife Marilyn reportedly died within six hours of each other. Thorne’s career began in the Golden Age, the pre-Marvel era during which DC Comics […]

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Mork Borg, the Most Brutally Stylish RPG Ever

In 2020, RPG fans got a strikingly designed game called Mork Borg, produced by the Swedish company Free League (or Fria Ligen). Mork Borg is replete with incalculable suffering, undignified death and horrible fates worse than death. Free League describes its game thus: A doom metal album of a game. A spiked flail to the […]

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Watch Philippe Caza and Rene Laloux’s ‘The Captive’ Short Film

Heavy Metal readers may know Rene Laloux for his animated films La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet, 1973) and Les Maitres du Temps (Time Masters, 1982) — the latter was a collaboration with Moebius. Laloux went on to work with another crucial Heavy Metal artist — Philippe Caza. Laloux and Caza made the feature film Gandahar […]

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