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40 Years of Heavy Metal Magazine's Sexy, Sci-Fi Covers


Desensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan Quintana(The Artist); Credit: Ryan BrownDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaArzach; Credit: Dan QuintanaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaKissing Bone; Credit: Menton3Desensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaMetal Head; Credit: Brian ViverosDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaThe Redeemer of the Powerslave; Credit: NychosDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaThe Compact; Credit: Cam RackamDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaBotanica No. 23; Credit: Gail PotokiDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaPale Rider; Credit: David StoupakisDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaO; Credit: Nikko HurtadoDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaMegagod Eternus; Credit: SkinnerDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaUntitled; Credit: Brian SmithDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaThe Unbearable; Credit: Allen WilliamsDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaThe Emperor; Credit: Chet ZarDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaBack Outside; Credit: CraolaDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaBonded; Credit: Mark CovellDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaArzach; Credit: Brian DespainDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDragon Owl; Credit: Naoto HattoriDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaDust and Shadow; Credit: Carin A. HazmatDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaGuardian; Credit: Mark GarroDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaCephalopods II; Credit: Robert Steven ConnettDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaGas Mask; Credit: ElghorriDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan QuintanaMask & the Mirror; Credit: Sergio BarraleDesensitized; Credit: Brian Viveros/Dan Quintana

In the spring of 1977, an English-language version of the French magazine Métal Hurlant launched in the United States, and teen boys' lives were never the same.

In celebration of 40 years of Heavy Metal, Copro Gallery in Santa Monica is exhibiting a massive collection of the magazine's dark, sexy, sci-fi–tinged cover art. The group exhibition features work by more than 80 artists — European greats Moebius and Milo Manara and American visionaries Richard Corben and the late genius Jeffrey Catherine Jones included — as well as cels from the 1981 animated film.

The show opens on July 15 with live body painting, memorabilia and more.