Jodelle!

By: Joshua Glenn
May 26, 2011

Fantagraphics announced some amazing news today — they’ve acquired rights to two of the great adult-oriented, high/lowbrow graphic novels of the Sixties: Guy Peellaert’s The Adventures of Jodelle (1966) and Pravda (1967). Jodelle is a satirical spy story set in a sci-fi Roman Empire world; Pravda (which Godard was going to adapt, at one time) is about the travels of an all-female motorcycle gang across a mythical American landscape.

Peellaert, a Belgian artist who never did comics again after these two, did the artwork for David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs and The Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll in 1974; in ’73 he published the seminal rock portraiture collection seminal Rock Dreams. These strange, almost rotoscoped illustrations help define the cusp of the Sixties and the Seventies.

When I was an adolescent, we had a copy of Grove Press’s translated Jodelle in the house; Pravda has never been released in English. Fantagraphics plans to publish the former in May 2012, and the latter in November 2012, both in deluxe oversized hardcover editions. Can’t wait!

Categories

Comics, Kudos, Sci-Fi

What do you think?

  1. I’m thrilled! I love Peellaert’s look and grew up with Rock Dreams. At one point in the 70s, Tom Waits was going to collaborate with him.

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