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Moebius Trading Cards From 1993: Arzach, Aedena, And Beyond

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‘Arzach’ and ‘The Hyperspace Gods’ from the 1993 series of Moebius trading cards.

In 1993, Moebius (aka Jean Giraud, a Metal Hurlant co-founder and Heavy Metal contributor from the get-go) got the trading-card treatment. Yes, like Topps baseball cards or Star Trek cards or Pokemon cards, there existed a set of 90 cards featuring artwork by Moebius with information about the subject matter on the back. The cards were published by Comic Images and sold in comics shops — and you can still find them on auction sites.

If you’re not familiar with Moebius, you can get a sense for his massive contribution to Heavy Metal from his presence in our back issues, some of which are still available for purchase. Many of the stories we’ve published, including Arsach in our first issue, are part of the universe described in the 90-card set.

Moebius Trading Cards: 1. Major Grubert

Moebius Trading Cards: 1. Major Grubert

On the back:
“The MAJOR stole the secret of Cosmic Expansion from his former master, the Nagual, to create his own private world, the AIRTIGHT GARAGE.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 9. Lewis Carnelian

Moebius Trading Cards: 9. Lewis Carnelian

On the back:
“LEWIS CARNELIAN (a.k.a. The Black Fly) was a servant of the Nagual and a former associate of MAJOR GRUBERT, who was sent to investigate the AIRTIGHT GARAGE.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 16. Mikey

Moebius Trading Cards: 16. Mikey

On the back:
“A three-legged Exo employed in GRAAD’S ARMJOURTH hotel, MIKEY was extremely intelligent and dissatisfied with his lot.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 18. The Starbilliard

Moebius Trading Cards: 18. The Starbilliard

On the back:
“The Starbilliard is a giant robot designed by MAJOR GRUBER to cross the more hostile zones of the AIRTIGHT GARAGE.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 19. Boaz The Cydberg Assassin

Moebius Trading Cards: 19. Boaz The Cydberg Assassin

On the back:
“BOAZ’s major pleasure in life was to ambush his victims and scatter their atoms in little pink clouds.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 23. Ruler Of The Garage

Moebius Trading Cards: 23. Ruler Of The Garage

On the back:
“To fulfill his mad ambition of becoming the supreme ruler of the AIRTIGHT GARAGE, GOSSI took over ARMJOURTH and allied himself with the BAKALITE.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 31. Repairman

Moebius Trading Cards: 31. Repairman

On the back:
“ATAN’S partner and gifted galactic repairmen, Stel has the psychic ability to communicate with machinery.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 41. The Dreamshadow

Moebius Trading Cards: 41. The Dreamshadow

On the back:
“This psychic creature from the dark side of the Dream confronted STEL in the GARDENS OF AEDENA.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 45. Arzach

Moebius Trading Cards: 45. Arzach

On the back:
“The deeds of this lonely Ptero-Warrior have given rise to innumerable legends, though the truth remains as elusive as his smile.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 50. Loona

Moebius Trading Cards: 50. Loona

On the back:
“Native of the bio-forest, Loona’s magical dancing saved POOH from the EUCHINUS, she then accompanied him until they both met with tragedy.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 52. Deima

Moebius Trading Cards: 52. Deima

On the back:
“DEIMA fled the wrath of Peter and his Grabotin Tontonk, only to face her destiny at the hands of the Masked Man.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 56. Lady Kowalsky

Moebius Trading Cards: 56. Lady Kowalsky

On the back:
“This Earth aristocrat took the HORNY GOOF to her private asteroid, Flower, the inside of which had been expanded by MAJOR GRUBERT, and which later became the AIRTIGHT GARAGE’s FIRST LEVEL.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 58. Raven

Moebius Trading Cards: 58. Raven

On the back:
“GOVERNOR AMBROSE JANO RAVEN IV fought to deliver the HORNY GOOF to the BREEDER in order to protect Earth’s metrite contracts and avoid war with the Exotics.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 59. Space Trooper

Moebius Trading Cards: 59. Space Trooper

On the back:
“At the height of the Terran Imperium, brave teams of Space Troopers were sent to explore hostile new worlds, such as Vune.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 66. The Hyperspace Gods

Moebius Trading Cards: 66. The Hyperspace Gods

On the back:
“These dreadful entities lurked within hyperspace and preyed on unwary travelers who floobed during hyperjumps.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 68. The Lippons

Moebius Trading Cards: 68. The Lippons

On the back:
“The Lippons were small, peace-loving winged creatures who lived on Barascalpoo, and were hunted by men until they turned the tables.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 71. Bartiniflor

Moebius Trading Cards: 71. Bartiniflor

On the back:
“Saloon keeper of Pharagonesia, Bartiniflor tried to cure J.D. FOSTER with bantma magic after the reckless spaceman had drunk his koks without frapping.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 72. The Breeder

Moebius Trading Cards: 72. The Breeder

On the back:
“Female ruler of Syldaine-Cygnos, the BREEDER demanded the return of the Wild Pecker known as the HORNY GOOF in time for the Fall Coitus.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 81. The Airtight Garage

Moebius Trading Cards: 81. The Airtight Garage

On the back:
“The inside of this Asteroid was artificially expanded into three pocket universes (Levels) by MAJOR GRUBERT.”

Moebius Trading Cards: 87. The Paternum's Sanctum

Moebius Trading Cards: 87. The Paternum’s Sanctum

On the back:
“Holiest site of the NEST, it was there that the PATERNUM’s cloning matrix was located.”

Card scans here were taken from this Flickr gallery; back-of-card captions were transcribed from scans at Catawiki.com.

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