Cartoonist Jean-Claude Maiziere, creator of Valerian, dies at 83 | people | entertainment

Mézières is one of the references to Franco-Belgian comics, specifically science fiction.


French comic artist Jean-Claude Maiziere, creator Valerian: the factor of time and space And he passed away on Sunday at the age of 83, according to local newspapers.

Mézières is a standard in Franco-Belgian comics, specifically science fiction, although he has also worked in illustration, photography, film, and television.

Born in Saint-Mandy, on the outskirts of Paris, in 1938, he was educated under the influence of cartoonists such as Hergé or Morris and began working in the United States, pursuing his dream of becoming a cowboy, an experience that marked the rest. from his work

Together with Pierre Christine, a childhood friend, he created Valerian: the factor of time and space, whose influence was transcendent in the history of science fiction and which served as a guide to epics such as star Wars.

Jean-Claude Maiziere’s caricature was a reference to Georges Lucas in “Star Wars”.

your boss, George Lucas has publicly admitted the imprint this comedian left on him, as well as the fact that many ideas from his famous films are inspired by Valerian cartoons, such as Princess Leia’s famous metallic bikini or the shape of spaceships.

In 1984, Mézières was awarded the Angoulême Grand Prix for his entire career.

In the 1990s, filmmakers such as Luc Besson, admirers of his work, worked with him, for example in the film Fifth Element, where Mézières played a vital role in introducing ideas such as flying taxis.

Besson was inspired by the comic Valerian in the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which he had interpreters like Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen And fondling the singer Rihanna. (I)

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