Jeremiah: La nuit des rapaces (April 1979)
|Created by||Hermann Huppen|
|Formats||Original material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) graphic novels.|
|Publication date||1979 – present|
Jeremiah is a Belgian science fiction comic book series by Hermann Huppen. Jeremiah was created in 1979 for the German magazine Zack, and has been serialized in the French-language Métal Hurlant and Spirou magazine; as well as the Serbian magazine Politikin Zabavnik. Currently, there are 32 volumes and one "Special Edition" in French and Dutch.
Racial wars have torn the U.S. apart, resulting in a post-apocalyptic world. Many small pockets of civilization still exist; from isolated super high-tech fortresses, hidden research labs, or racial groups in walled-in cities — all fighting each other among the more regular population which in many ways resembles the "old west".
Jeremiah and his friend Kurdy travel the country, taking odd jobs and getting mixed up in various affairs. Jeremiah, being the more noble of the two, often sticks his neck out to help others, while Kurdy is a more wily, opportunistic scoundrel.
Despite its setting, Jeremiah's underlying motif is of hope and the survival of mankind. The storylines carry little from album to album, meaning they can be read individually.
Jeremiah has been translated into several languages, and has a large fan base in Europe. Tome #25, Et si un jour la Terre, was nominated for the 2005 Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize Awarded by the Audience.
Various attempts to introduce the series to the American market have had middling results, mostly due to the different tastes of the American and European comic book public. The current holder of the English language copyrights is Strip Art Features (SAF). After failing to reach American audiences in the 1980s and 1990s with such publishers as Fantagraphics, Catalan Communications, and Malibu Comics; Jeremiah (and SAF) found success with Dark Horse beginning in the 2000s. In March 2012 Dark Horse Comics begun another English language reprint series in collaboration with SAF; three volumes of the Jeremiah Omnibus, collecting tomes 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 9 respectively, have been released as of October 2013.
List of titles
Following are the Jeremiah comic albums as named in French, with publication dates.
|Tome Number||Title||Publication date|
|1||La Nuit des rapaces||April 1979|
|2||Du sable plein les dents||Oct. 1979|
|3||Les Héritiers sauvages||Jan. 1980|
|4||Les Yeux de fer rouge||July 1980|
|5||Un cobaye pour l'éternité||May 1981|
|6||La Secte||Feb. 1982|
|8||Les Eaux de la colère||April 1983|
|9||Un hiver de clown||Nov. 1983|
|12||Julius et Romea||Oct. 1986|
|14||Simon est de retour||Sept. 1989|
|15||Alex||Sept. 12, 1990|
|16||La Ligne rouge||Oct. 7, 1992|
|17||Trois motos... ou quatre||Feb. 2, 1994|
|18||Ave Caesar||May 31, 1995|
|19||Zone frontière||April 10, 1996|
|20||Mercenaires||Sept. 3, 1997|
|21||Le Cousin Lindford||Oct. 1998|
|22||Le Fusil dans l'eau||Mar. 7, 2001|
|23||Qui est renard bleu?||Mar. 6, 2002|
|24||Le Dernier Diamant||Apr. 2, 2003|
|25||Et si un jour, la Terre||Apr. 2004|
|26||Un port dans l'ombre?||Oct. 2005|
|27||Elsie et la rue||Jan. 2007|
|28||Esra va très bien||Jan. 2008|
|29||Le petit chat est mort||Jan. 2010|
|31||Le panier de crabes||Jan. 2012|
|32||Le Caïd||Feb. 2013|
|33||Un gros chien avec une blonde||Sept. 2014|
English language Jeremiah comics
|English title||Publisher||Publication date||Translated book||Note|
|The Survivors Vol. 1: Talons of Blood||Fantagraphics||Aug. 1982||Jeremiah 1: La Nuit des rapaces|
|The Survivors Vol. 2: The Eyes That Burned||Fantagraphics||Sept. 1983||Jeremiah 4: Les Yeux de fer rouge|
|Jeremiah 13: Strike||Catalan Communications||June 1990||Jeremiah 13: Strike||ISBN 0-87416-106-1|
|Jeremiah: Birds of Prey #1–2||Malibu Comics/Adventure Comics||Jan. 1991||Jeremiah 1: La Nuit des rapaces|
|Jeremiah: A Fistful of Sand #1–2||Malibu/Adventure||June 1991||Jeremiah 2: Du sable plein les dents|
|Jeremiah: The Heirs #1–2||Malibu/Adventure||Sept. 1991||Jeremiah 3: Les Héritiers Sauvages|
|Jeremiah: Gun in the Water||Strip Art Features/Dark Horse Comics||Nov. 2002||Jeremiah 22: Le Fusil dans l'Eau||ISBN 978-1-56971-827-8|
|Jeremiah: Mercenaries||Strip Art Features/Dark Horse Comics||Dec. 2003||Jeremiah 20: Mercenaires||ISBN 978-1-59396-001-8|
|Jeremiah Omnibus Vol. 1||Strip Art Features/Dark Horse Comics||Mar. 2012||Jeremiah tomes 1–3||ISBN 978-1-59582-945-0|
|Jeremiah Omnibus Vol. 2||Strip Art Features/Dark Horse Comics||Nov. 2012||Jeremiah tomes 4–6||ISBN 978-1-61655-085-1|
|Jeremiah Omnibus Vol. 3||Strip Art Features/Dark Horse Comics||Oct. 2013||Jeremiah tomes 7–9||ISBN 978-1-61655-299-2|
An American television series, Jeremiah, was produced from 2002–2004. Developed by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and executive produced by Straczynski and Sam Egan, the series is loosely based on the Jeremiah comics series. Aside from the names of the two main characters, the general personality of the protagonist, and the post-apocalyptic setting, there are no similarities between the comics and the series.
- Poussin, Gilles; Marmonnier, Christian (2005). Métal hurlant, 1975-1987, la machine à rêver [Métal Hurlant, 1975-1987: the Dream Maker] (in French). Paris: Denoël.