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Blade Runner Started, And Ended, As A Comic Book

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Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has claimed inspiration from many sources, but these mid-1970s panels by legendary French illustrator Jean Giraud (pseudonym Moebius) from his collaboration with Dan O'Bannon for The Long-Tomorrow are particularly evocative of the final product. Scott's artistic talents also emerge in the brilliant storyboards for the film, and Sci-Fi-O-Rama collects both here. But after drawing on a whole host of graphic influences, Blade Runner was also adopted to the comics medium at least twice. Click through to see our favorite illustrated versions of replicants.Archie Goodwin adapted the film to a graphic novel for Marvel in 1982:

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Illustration for article titled Blade Runner Started, And Ended, As A Comic Book

The magazine Crazy, a competitor of Mad and Cracked even created a parody:

Illustration for article titled Blade Runner Started, And Ended, As A Comic Book
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More of the comics here:

Illustration for article titled Blade Runner Started, And Ended, As A Comic Book
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Illustration for article titled Blade Runner Started, And Ended, As A Comic Book

Images from Moebius, Long Tomorrow [Sci-Fi-O-Rama] Blade Runner: A Marvel Super Special [BRMovie.com]

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Wow...what a trip! I still have all kinds of graphic novels by Moebius. What a talented guy. Back when Heavy Metal really put out some great stuff.