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Philippe Adamov, 1956-2020: A Master of Elegant Linework

Heavy Metal has just learned, very belatedly, that contributor Philippe Adamov died on February 3, 2020. Adamov was a brilliant draftsman, whose illustrations were notable for their stunning architectural settings. His style was in the ligne claire tradition, and his obituary in Le Figaro justly calls him an heir to Moebius. When people talk about the rich tradition of French bandes dessinees, Adamov’s name belongs in that history along with Moebius, Druillet, Caza, Tardi, Mézieres, and others.

Adamov, whose work appeared in many issues of Heavy Metal during the 1990s, was 63 years old. We discovered his passing while compiling his masterpiece, The Waters of Deadmoon (Les Eaux de Mortelune), into a “serialized bundle.” This is a new concept we’re introducing in the Heavy Metal Shop, in which we’re putting together original issues containing all parts of a serialized story.

Below is a sampling of the elegant art of Philippe Adamov, taken from The Waters of Deadmoon, which was serialized over five issues in the early ’90s. If you’re interested in getting the full story by this great — and, unfortunately, late — Heavy Metal master, check out the Waters of Deadmoon serialized bundle in the Heavy Metal shop.

Adamov art from Heavy Metal, May 1990
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1990
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1990
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1990
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, May 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, May 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, May 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, May 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1991
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1992
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1992
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1992
Adamov art from Heavy Metal, September 1992

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