There are many artists in Franco/Belgian bande dessinée that are still beyond obscure to American readers. Despite their few opportunities to leak through the existent methods of exposure they have managed to seep through in other ways. Author and artist Jean Teulé excelled in an open maximalist field informed by photographic imagery, to one degree or another, that was all his own. Very few of his works were ever released in English: A serialized graphic novel in Neal Adams’ Echo of Futurepast, Issues 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7 in 1984–5; a pair of pages each in Heavy Metal November 1980 and March 81; and, the 42-page ‘Daughters of the Night’ in Heavy Metal’s January 1986 issue… The one where Daryl Hannah appeared on the cover in full Clan of the Cave Bear makeup, when the mag notoriously moved to a larger, but quarterly format. Jean passed away on October 18, 2022. Actua BD reports that the cause of death was a heart attack brought on by acute food poisoning. Deep knowledge gathered by Escape genius and old friend Paul Gravett contributed to this article.
First we have some samples from Heavy Metal’s January 1986 issue which included the 42 page graphic novel ‘Daughters of the Night’, which features Teulé’s best known photo-derived style in English publication — which consists primarily of this and ‘Virus’ in Echos of Futures Past.
And here we have an excerpt from “Les Messieurs en Cravate Autour du Lit de Salvador Dali, Reportage de Jean Teule” or “The gentlemen in ties surround the bed of Salvador Dali. As reported by Jean Teule. (my translation) as it appeared in (A Suivre) 105 — October 1986, Casterman.
JEAN TEULÉ: (1953-2022): BD AUTEUR & MUCH MORE BESIDES
As reported late on October 20 by Paul Gravett on the Facebook: