Ho conosciuto Heavy Metal attraverso il film animato, assurdo, allucinato, pieno di idee. La rivista è dove queste idee sono nate. Archive.org ha un archivio vasto, ancorché incompleto, della rivista.
Debuting in 1977, the year of the first Star Wars film, Heavy Metal was not named after the brand of guitar rock pioneered by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, though there’s an obvious influence, but after a French magazine that started two years earlier called Métal hurlant, or literally “Howling Metal.” (We’ve featured it here on OC before.) When publisher Leonard Mogel decided to adapt the original for an American readership, he changed the name, but kept the content, republishing work by Jean Giraud—the artist better known as Moebius—and many other accomplished European illustrators.