Humanoids Restores Its Own History With Moebius Artwork Purchase

The European home of the original "Heavy Metal" magazine buys original 1974 logo artwork for $6,500 in a recent auction.
Jean Moebius Girard/Humanoids

The oldest known surviving piece of original Superman cover art may have gained headlines when it sold recently, but another important piece was also sold at the same auction, bringing part of European comic history back home.

During the Feb. 21 auction, the original artwork, created by comic book legend Moebius for the first logo of publishers Les Humanoides Associes -- which later become known as Humanoids, most famous for creating Metal Hurlant, the anthology better known to Americans as Heavy Metal -- was purchased by none other than Humanoids itself.

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In a statement released yesterday, the publisher noted that the original artwork has officially been missing ever since its creation 40 years ago. Moebius -- whose real name was Jean Giraud -- was one of the four co-founders of the publisher, alongside fellow comic artist Philippe Druillet, writer Jean-Pierre Dionnet and businessman and financial director Bernard Farkas; the last names of all four appear on the original logo artwork.

The artwork, which measures 4.25" by 6", was sold for $6,572.50.