Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius dies at age 73. Moebius is one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. He gained notoriety under his real name in the sixties with his Western graphic novels, featuring anti hero Lieutenant Blueberry, which first appeared in 1963 in France. But he expressed all his creativity and talent in science fiction graphic novels and drawings. To American comics fans he is probably best known for a two-part Silver Surfer mini-series he scripted with Stan Lee, which won an Eisner Award, the comics equivalent of an Oscar, in 1989. He also worked on the concepts and storyboards for numerous science fiction films, including Alien, Tron, The Abyss, and The Fifth Element.
The Philip K . Dick connection with Moebius is a drawing depicting scenes from Clans of the Alphane Moon, including Lord Running Clam the Ganymedan slime mold. The drawing was published in the French magazine Pilote (# 743) in 1974.