Hajime Sorayama reunites with Heavy Metal Magazine for sexy robot cover series

Design Boom has announced that more than 40 years after their first collaboration Heavy Metal Magazine has reunited with acclaimed Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama who has contributed artwork for three new covers of the latest issue, #312. The three covers showcase sci-fi inspired robots in sensual poses, and are available for purchase since December 8, 2021, both in stores and online. The feature also includes a gallery of the full, uncensored artwork by Sorayama, alongside a profile written by Heavy Metal Entertainment’s publisher and chief creative overlord David Erwin.

Best known for his precisely detailed sexy robot artwork, Sorayama previously illustrated the iconic front cover of Heavy Metal Magazine’s November 1980 issue, presenting a female android draped in a red sheet, as well as the back cover for the August 1981 issue.

“It’s been a long time since we worked together, the last time was in the 80s, but I’m glad we both survived. I’m immortal. keep doing your best, Heavy Metal Magazine!” the Japanese artist shares. You can find more on Sorayama’s take on technology, dystopia, beauty, and humanity today, in Design Boom’s extensive interview.

Hajime Sorayama is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose extensive oeuvre focuses on an endless pursuit for beauty regarding the human body and the machine. his success is inseparably linked to his signature series “sexy robot” which he started in 1978, featuring android figures clad in shiny metal and placed in risqué poses.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing back this legendary artist to Heavy Metal Magazine. It’s a bridge between classic Heavy Metal and the modern-day magazine, with a contemporary twist,” mentions Heavy Metal Entertainment CEO Matthew Medney.

Two of Sorayama’s stunning covers for Heavy Metal Magazine #312 can be viewed below…

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