Chute Libre SciFi-Covers
John Coulthart hat eine schöne Sammlung alter SciFi-Cover aus dem französischen Verlag Champ Libre, die zwischen 1974 und 78 veröffentlicht wurden, inklusive ein paar seltene Arbeiten von Moebius. Teilweise NSFW.
Chute libre means “free fall” in French, and here refers to an imprint of French publisher Champ Libre that from 1974 to 1978 reprinted a series of science fiction titles under that name. The imprint is notable for a number of reasons, not least the striking covers which impress with their uniform design and bold imagery. The combination of black cover with vivid artwork is very similar to the covers Penguin were producing for their SF titles a few years earlier but since there’s little written anywhere about the French books I can’t say whether this was an influence or merely coincidence. I’ve not been able to find a complete list of all the illustrators either. At least two of the covers are the work of Moebius, rare examples of him being commissioned outside the comics medium.