Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s Tron Artwork (1981)

As most comic book fans know, the extremely talented French illustrator Jean Henri Gaston Giraud or Moebius as he was better known passed away earlier this month. While he has left behind a legion of fans it is still sad to realize that we will never see a new sketch or painting by this master.

In 1981 he was hired by the Disney Studios to begin design work for their upcoming SciFi/Video Game film, Tron. A huge thanks to Ian MacEwan for sharing these works by Moebius over at his ‘quenched consciousness” blog.

Here is what appears to be a Lobby Card from Tron for movie theaters…or possibly a book cover?

In this sketchbook illustration it looks like Flynn was originally intended to wear a different kind of helmet.

Dumont for the most part looks like he stayed the same…mostly.

Make sure to follow the link up top to Ian’s blog and check out even more amazing artwork from not just Tron but his other works in Heavy Metal to Blueberry!


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2 thoughts on “Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s Tron Artwork (1981)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    We Tron fans were lucky to have his dreamscape artistry mould the finalized visuals of the movie’s computer world.
    Given that, at the end of the 70s, computer aesthetics were considered to be little more than square chips, on/off buttons and tape reels, the look might’ve been awfully plain indeed.

    He also added style to Alien and Fifth Element (which itself is like a Moebius comic come to life, more or less successfully).
    I’d argue that Apple’s adoption of sleek sci-fi designs owe a nod of recognition to visionary artists like Giraud and McQuarrie.

    Moebius/Giraud’s work in Heavy Metal magazine was outstanding.
    Arzach, a wordless tale from the pages of HM is worth seeking out.

    His work lives on.
    I’d encourage folks to treat themselves to his collection.

  2. Absolutely, Atari Adventure Square. Now I admit that I haven’t read Arzach yet but I’ll certainly look for it. Yet again, you are so 100% on the money especially about the Fifth Element. :)

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