The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius

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The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius is an English language version of Jean Giraud's original French language Le Garage Hermétique de Jerry Cornelius. It was first serialized in Heavy Metal magazine between 1977-80.

In later reprintings (such as the Epic graphic novel Mœbius 3) the character of 'Jerry Cornelius' was renamed 'Lewis Carnelian' (or 'Lewis Cern' in some versions) and the title shortened to just The Airtight Garage due to concerns over copyright infringement. Moorcock later told Giraud that he had no problems with the title or the use of Jerry in the strip, although Moorcock had said he didn't feel the character was really 'Jerry' anyway.

Heavy Metal Publication History

  • Heavy Metal v1 #7, October 1977 - Chapter 1: A Dangerous Overhaul, 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #7, October 1977 - Chapter 2: Alert On The Tundra, 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #7, October 1977 - Chapter 3: The Plot Thickens, 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #8, November 1977 - The Third Trick: Star Billiard, 4 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #10, January 1978 - Fifth Episode: The Major Disappears, 6 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #11, February 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #11, February 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #12, March 1978 - A New Episode, 4 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #13, April 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v1 #13, April 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #1, May 1978 - The Uptight Garbage of Moebius, 4 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #2, June 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #4, August 1978 - Major Grubert's Adventure, 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #5, September 1978 - 16th Episode: "Nothing Much", 4 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #6, October 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #7, November 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #8, December 1978 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #9, January 1979 - [no title], 4 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #10, February 1979 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #10, February 1979 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #11, March 1979 - [no title], 3 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #12, April 1979 - Country And Western Interlude, 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v2 #12, April 1979 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #1, May 1979 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #1, May 1979 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #3, July 1979 - [no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #5, September 1979 - "Things are going badly on the second level", 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #5, September 1979 - *Jerry Cornelius uses his super powers to escape the raving mob, 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #7, November 1979 - *[no title], 2 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #10, February 1980 - [no title], 7 pages
  • Heavy Metal v3 #11, March 1980 - [no title], 7 pages
  • Heavy Metal v4 #1, April 1980 - [no title], 8 pages

Analysis

Giraud - as 'Mœbius' - wrote the original French comic-strip without any pre-planned narrative and in fact had forgotten what he'd done in the first instalment when he came to write the second. Consequently the original French (and English language) version is rather disjointed. Despite being the eponymous character, Jerry Cornelius is largely conspicuous by his absence for most of the story, which instead is mostly taken up with Major Grubert's attempts to locate Jerry before he can destroy the Airtight Garage of the title. In fact, despite being titled 'The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius' the strip would be better named 'The Airtight Garage of Major Grubert', since he is the Garage's creator.

Early in the comic-strip Jerry does seem to be modelled on Michael Moorcock's version of Jerry Cornelius (Giraud allegedly used the singer Patti Smith as a model for Jerry) but by the time he appears 'in the flesh' he's been completely 'Mœbius-ized' and is visually unrecognisable from Moorcock's original.

Mike Says

  • "I had absolutely no problems with Moebius, who I regard as a friend, but he HEARD (erroneously) that I wasn't happy with Airtight Garage and so changed it. I did not ask him (or want him) to change it but he's a courteous man..."[1]
  • "Moebius was a friend of friends of mine when he started and someone (I don't know who) told him I didn't like the strip. I loved the strip, though I'd said it wasn't really Jerry Cornelius. This got taken to mean by someone that I didn't like it and Moebius, whom I came to know later and explain that I hadn't withdrawn permission, took the JC out of the title. He knows now that I liked it and had no problems with it."[2]
  • "...Where Jerry Cornelius is concerned, I don't have any objection to an enthusiast using him, but I object a lot to someone pinching chunks of my books, or paraphrasing them, and presenting that work as their own. That's why I had no objection to Moebius's use of Cornelius..."[3]
  • "I have met Moebius on one or two occasions and we have a perfectly amicable relationship. Same goes for self and [Phillipe] Druillet. I never...objected to Moebius's use of [Jerry] and I was aware of Phillipe's Elric from the beginning. We borrowed back and forth, just as we did with Jerry Cornelius. I like to be asked, is all and sent a copy. That way if there's something I can steal back I will."[4]

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