Heavy Metal Magazine Debuts 1977

Heavy Metal magazine, which made its début in 1977, is an American version of the French science-fantasy magazine Métal Hurlant, which began publishing two years earlier.0477l It initially presented translated versions of the French edition’s illustrated stories. The magazine’s high-quality artwork was notable and featured the work of international fine artists such as H. R. Giger and Esteban Maroto.

The founding editors of the American edition of Heavy Metal were Sean Kelly (the editor of National Lampoon from 1971 to 1977) and Valerie Marchant. It was previously owned and published by Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Eastman sold the magazine to digital and music veteran David Boxenbaum and film producer Jeff Krelitz in January 2014. Eastman will continue to serve as publisher of the magazine, and is a minority investor in the new Heavy Metal.

At the extensive Heavy Metal Fanpage website:

List of issues
Cover gallery (1977 to 2011)
Associated links
Sales history