Comic Book Cats, number 33: The Eyes of the Cat
Comic Book Cats, number 33: The Eyes of the Cat, drawn by Moebius and written by Alexandro Jodorowsky, published in France by Les Humanoïdes Associés in 1978, translated to English by Humanoids in 2011.
Les Yeux du Chat, as it was originally titled in French, is a bizarre and unsettling collaboration between acclaimed artist Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, and visionary filmmaker Alexandro Jodorowsky. As Jodorowsky recounted in the foreword to the English edition:
“I suggested to Jean a short story, in five pages divided into five scenes, about a blind boy. Moebius was fascinated with the story but he objected, saying, ‘It’s too short, only five pages. We need to fill 25 pages.’ I answered, ‘We will be free from the traditional format of each page cut into panels. We will tell the story in a series of beautiful and solitary illustrations, each taking up an entire page…’”
This is one of those “beautiful and solitary illustrations,” showcasing the black cat of the story.
Jodorowsky is definitely an offbeat and unconventional creator. Several years ago Michele showed me his 1973 movie The Holy Mountain, and it definitely left me puzzled and bewildered. Considering the incredibly bizarre and otherworldly imagery Jodorowsky has utilized in his films, his collaborations with Moebius could be considered kismet, as Jean Giraud undoubtedly possessed both the talent and imagination to bring Jodorowsky’s visions to life on the page.