From M├ętal Hurlant, by Alain Voss

Alain Voss, or Al Voss, was a French artist, born in Brazil. He published his first work in the 1960s in Brazilian publications like O Loco (Editora Taika) and O Careca. He moved to France in 1972, where he was present in Métal Hurlant with comics like 'Heilman', 'Tobiaze' and a series of parodies called 'Parodies de Al Voss'. These spoofs of famous comic heroes like E.C. Segar's 'Popeye', Albert Uderzo's 'Astérix', Peyo's 'The Smurfs', Jean Giraud's 'Blueberry' and Siegel & Shuster's 'Superman'  were collected in albums by Les Humanoïdes Associés. Voss was also sporadically present in Charlie Mensuel and Mormoil.

Back in Brazil in 1981, he contributed to Inter-Quadrinhos (Editora Ondas) and Monga, a Mulher Gorila (Press-Maciota). He has also done promotional and advertising assignments, as well as album covers for the Brazilian band Os Mutantes. Voss spent his final years in Portugal, where he has created paintings, illustrated books and album covers. Although he suffered from a stroke in 2009, he collaborated with the Brazilian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, produced the comic 'Anarcity' on the computer and made the strip 'Os Zensetos' for Caros Amigos. Alain Voss passed away after a second stroke in May 2011.

Heilman, by Alain Voss

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