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Lot 31: Enki BILAL (né en 1951) - Exterminateur 17
December 11, 2016
Bruxelles, BelgiumLive Auction
Indian ink for the page 3 of the album.
Humanoïdes associés 1979.
A classic story of Man pitting his wits against the world of the
The blurb on the back cover of the second edition, published in
1981 by Les Humanoïdes associés, tells us that what we are dealing
with here is “theological science fiction”. “Imagine, at some point in
the future, a resurgence of the Cathar religion…” we read. “Imagine
Howard Hughes become – at last – immortal… Imagine… a thousand
years after Spartacus, an android revolution… the sheer
weight of Dionnet’s words, the shock of Bilal’s images.”
This futuristic story, illustrated by Enki Bilal, was first published
in 1977 in issues 11 to 19 of the legendary magazine Métal Hurlant .
The creation of a handful of defectors from Pilote, Métal Hurlant
had a profound impact on an entire generation of readers.
Appearing in the magazine at around the same time, the “Garage
Hermétique de Jerry Cornélius” (Jerry Cornélius’s Airtight Garage)
was the creation of the great Moebius, one of Métal Hurlant’s
founders, whose influence Bilal would have found it hard to
refute. We see it clearly demonstrated in the third page of his
The story was later reissued as part of La Trilogie d’Ellis (The Ellis
Trilogy), published by Casterman.