Heavy Metal (magazine)

Heavy Metal is an American science fiction and fantasy comics magazine, published beginning in 1977. The magazine is known primarily for its blend of dark fantasy/science fiction, erotica and steampunk comics.

Heavy Metal
Editor in ChiefJoseph Illidge
Former editorsTimothy Seeley
PublisherDavid Erwin
FounderLeonard Mogel
First issueApril 1977; 45 years ago (1977-04)
  • HM Communications, Inc. (1977–1992)
  • Metal Mammoth Inc. (1992–2014)
  • Heavy Metal Media, LLC (2014–2021)
  • Heavy Metal Entertainment, LLC (2021–present)
CountryUnited States

Unlike the traditional American comic books of that time bound by the restrictive Comics Code Authority, Heavy Metal featured explicit content. The magazine started out primarily as a licensed translation of the French science-fantasy magazine Métal hurlant, including work by Enki Bilal, Philippe Caza, Guido Crepax, Philippe Druillet, Jean-Claude Forest, Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius), Chantal Montellier, and Milo Manara.

As cartoonist/publisher Kevin Eastman saw it, Heavy Metal published European art which had not been previously seen in the United States, as well as demonstrating an underground comix sensibility that nonetheless "wasn't as harsh or extreme as some of the underground comix – but . . . definitely intended for an older readership".[1]

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