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Jean-Marc Lofficier

Jean-Marc Lofficier
Born (1954-06-22) June 22, 1954
Toulon, France
Nationality French
Spouse Randy Lofficier

Jean-Marc Lofficier (born June 22, 1954) is a French author of books about films and television programs, as well as numerous comics and translations of a number of animation screenplays. He usually collaborates with his wife, Randy Lofficier (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1953).


  • Biography 1
    • Magazines and Hollywood 1.1
    • Guides, books and novels 1.2
    • Animation and comics 1.3
    • Translation 1.4
    • Pulps and science-fiction 1.5
  • Works 2
    • Bibliography 2.1
      • Books 2.1.1
      • Comics (writing) 2.1.2
      • Comics (translations) 2.1.3
    • Filmography 2.2
      • Animation 2.2.1
      • Features 2.2.2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
    • Interviews 5.1


Jean-Marc Lofficier was born in Toulon, France in 1954. The son of a serviceman, he moved several times during his formative years, spending "a goodly part of my childhood in Bordeaux, and my teenage years in Fontainebleau."[1] A budding writer from an early age, Lofficier also

"drew my own little comic strips when I was 13, 14, and began being published in French 'zines at 16."[1] Recalling in 2005 that "writing wasn't deemed a respectable, economically sound way of making a living," he "got a MBA and a Law degree, then went to work in international banking."[1]

Graduating from the [1]

Jean-Marc left Credit Lyonnais in 1985 to join Starwatcher Graphics, a new company set up by French artist Moebius then living in Santa Monica. After Moebius returned to France, and Starwatcher Graphics was disbanded in 2000, the Lofficiers started their own company, Hollywood Comics,[2] which advises and counsels comic book professionals in their dealings with Hollywood. Jean-Marc and Randy moved to Chalabre, in the South of France, in 2005.

Magazines and Hollywood

In 1979, the Lofficiers built on Jean-Marc's earlier work for fanzines and French magazines - including Lunatique and L'Ecran Fantastique, for which he wrote a combination of articles, reviews and short stories - and began working as "film journalists" for a variety of "cinema/sf pro magazines."[1] Covering the Hollywood-based film industry (and particularly those aspects with a Sci-Fi or Fantasy bent), the Lofficiers wrote for a number of magazines created both for American and overseas audiences.

Their work appeared in such mainstream U.S. publications as Starlog, Cinefex, Heavy Metal and American Cinematographer, as well as more focused publications including T. E. D. Klein's The Twilight Zone Magazine. Overseas, the Lofficiers' work appeared in UK magazines including Dez Skinn's Starburst (the magazine of "Science Fantasy in Television, Cinema and Comix") and House of Hammer,[1] while in France, they continued to contribute to L'Ecran Fantastique.

Guides, books and novels

The Lofficiers' magazine work, which included short stories, retrospectives and TV program guides alongside journalistic articles, led naturally to them co-authoring a number of non-fiction books about film and television programs. Their first - The Doctor Who Programme Guide, published by W. H. Allen Ltd in 1981 - arose from their work for French magazine L'Ercran Fantastique. The pair produced

"a series of dossiers on SF TV series for L'Ecran Fantastique: The Prisoner, Star Trek, Twilight Zone and... Doctor Who. For that [Who] dossier [Jean-Marc Lofficier] interviewed Terrance Dicks and Graham Williams. Then I sent them a courtesy copy. Terrance passed it on to Christine Donougher at WH Allen who saw an opportunity to publish it as a book."[1]

This title in turn led to the Lofficiers producing several novelizations and editing various anthologies of science fiction and fantasy short stories.

Animation and comics

In 1985, Randy Lofficier completed Harry Love's Animation Writing Seminar at Hanna-Barbera, which led the Lofficiers to write a number of animation scripts for television series such as The Real Ghostbusters and Duck Tales. They also began to write numerous scripts for a variety of comic books, often in collaboration with other writers, notably Roy Thomas and Marv Wolfman, for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Their best-known works include a trilogy of DC Elseworlds based on German Expressionism cinema incorporating characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, the Book of the Vishanti back-up feature for Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, two stories for Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and the Tongue*Lash series for Dark Horse Comics.

From 2000 to 2003, Jean-Marc Lofficier was editor and senior writer of a line of French comic books published by Semic Comics, redeveloping old French characters from the 1960s such as Wampus, Kabur, Phenix, Homicron, Dragut and Dick Demon into more modern versions, even gathering a number of them in the mini-series Strangers published by Image Comics in 2003.[3] This universe of characters is now gathered as Hexagon Comics. The Lofficiers also wrote "Blood Oath" a crossover between Phenix and Top Cow's Witchblade.[4][5] Starting in 2010, the Lofficiers started to reprint the "classic" stories from the 1960s and 1970s in a series of black & white trade paperbacks, as well as write new stories, mostly by relaunching the comic-book Strangers. Since that date, Jean-Marc has been editor-in-chief of Hexagon Comics.

Also for the French comic market, the Lofficiers wrote a trilogy of graphic novels based on the character of Robur created by Jules Verne. Illustrated by Gil Formosa, the first two volumes were nominated for the 2005 Jules Verne Award for Bandes Dessinees.[6] There were published in English in Heavy Metal.


In 1985, the Lofficiers were hired by French artist Moebius to translate and arrange for the publication of his works in English. This led to a series of 30+ graphic novels published mostly by Epic Comics until 1995. During that time, the Lofficiers also translated numerous French comics for Dark Horse Comics, co-editing their comic Cheval Noir, and for Renegade Press, co-editing their comic French Ice, featuring the series Carmen Cru by French artist Jean-Marc Lelong. In 1990, in recognition of their career as writers, translators and editors, the Lofficiers were presented with the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts.

Pulps and science-fiction

In 2003, the Lofficiers created their own small press, Black Coat Press,[7] to translate and publish classics of French pulp literature into English, relying in part on the output of British writer/translator Brian Stableford.

In 2005, the Lofficiers started another small press, Rivière Blanche,[8] to publish French science fiction novels in the nostalgic style of the long-defunct Anticipation imprint of Editions Fleuve Noir.

Lofficier's official website includes a section entitled "Illustrated History of the French Saint Novels", a guide to French-language novels based upon the character of Simon Templar (alias "The Saint"), created by Leslie Charteris.[9]




Books include:

  • Fiction:
    • Robonocchio en Francais (children's) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-04-X)
    • Robonocchio en Español (children's) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-25-2)
    • Les Survivants de l'Humanité (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-24-4)
    • Chevalier Coqdor:
      • Le Quatorzième Signe du Zodiaque (w/ Jean-Michel Archaimbault & Maurice Limat) (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2006, ISBN 1-932983-74-0)
      • Là Où s'ouvre l'Univers (with J.-M. Archaimbault & M. Limat) (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2008, ISBN 1-934543-12-8)
      • Le Retour d'Hypnôs (with J.-M. Archaimbault & M. Limat) (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-38-1)
    • Edgar Allan Poe on Mars: The Further Memoirs of Gullivar Jones (novel) (Black Coat Press, 2007, ISBN 1-934543-09-8) / Edgar Allan Poe sur Mars (Riviere Blanche, 2013, ISBN 9781612272078)
    • If Your Possum Go Daylight... (poetry by Randy Lofficier) (illustrated by Raven Okeefe, Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-934543-78-8)
    • Crépuscule Vaudou (novel) (Baleine imprint, Editions du Seuil, 2008) / The Katrina Protocol (translation of Crépuscule Vaudou) (novel) (Black Coat Press, 2008, ISBN 1-934543-40-3)
    • Pacifica (short story collection) (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-73-X) / Black Coat Press, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935558-29-3)
    • Pas de Pitié pour les Borloks (with Jean-Michel Archaimbault, Rivière Blanche, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-122-4)
    • Return of the Nyctalope (novel) (Black Coat Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-61227-211-5) / Le Retour du Nyctalope (Rivière Blanche, 2013, ISBN 978-1-61227-222-1)
  • Non-fiction:
    • Doctor Who:
      • The Doctor Who Programme Guide #1-2 (non fiction) (W.H. Allen, 1981, Vol. 1, ISBN 0-491-02804-0, Vol. 2, ISBN 0-426-20142-6, rev. 2003 ISBN 0-595-27618-0)
      • The Programme Guide (non fiction) (Virgin Books, 1989, rev/exp. 1994, ISBN 0-426-20342-9)
      • The Terrestrial Index (non fiction) (Virgin, 1991, ISBN 0-426-20361-5)
      • The Universal Databank (non fiction) (Virgin, 1992, ISBN 0-426-20370-4)
      • The Nth Doctor (non fiction) (Virgin, 1997, ISBN 0-595-27619-9, rev. 2003 ISBN 0-595-27619-9)
    • The Best Video Films (contrib.) (non fiction) (Warner Books, 1984)
    • Your Movie Guide to Musicals on Videotape (non fiction) (Signet Books, 1985)
    • Your Movie Guide to Children's Videotapes (non fiction) (Signet, 1985)
    • Science Fiction Filmmaking in the 1980s (co-auth. with Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin) (interviews) (McFarland & Company, 1995, ISBN 0-89950-918-5)
    • Into The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling Programme Guide (non fiction) (Virgin, 1995, ISBN 0-86369-844-1, rev. 2003 ISBN 0-595-27612-1)
    • The Dreamweavers: : Interviews with Fantasy Filmmakers of the 1980s (co-auth. with Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin) (interviews) (McFarland, 1996, ISBN 0-7864-0085-4)
    • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Pulp Fiction (non fiction) (McFarland, 2000, ISBN 0-7864-0596-1)
    • Pocket Essential Tintin (non fiction) (Pocket Essentials, 2002, ISBN 1-904048-17-X, ISBN 978-1-84243-226-6)
    • Shadowmen (non fiction) Black Coat Press, 2003, ISBN 0-9740711-3-7)
    • Shadowmen 2: Heroes and Villains of French Comics (non fiction) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 0-9740711-8-8)
    • Over Here: An American Expat in the South of France (bio) (Black Coat Press, 2006, ISBN 1-932983-68-6)
    • Les Petites Recettes d'une Américaine de l'Aude (cookbook by Randy Lofficier) (2007, ISBN 978-1-934543-96-2)
    • Martervénux: L'Encyclopédie de l'Univers du Chevalier Coqdor (non fiction) (Rivière Blanche, 2008, ISBN 1-934543-21-7)
  • Anthologies:
    • Les Maîtres de L'Insolite (antho.) (Presses-Pocket, ISBN 2-266-01912-0 (1985); ISBN 2-266-03914-8 (1987); ISBN 2-266-09815-2 (2000); ISBN 2-266-13707-7 (2003))
    • Les Maîtres de la Science-Fiction (antho.) (Presses-Pocket, 1999, ISBN 2-266-05505-4)
    • Tales of the Shadowmen:
      • 1. The Modern Babylon (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2005, ISBN 1-932983-36-8)
      • 2. Gentlemen of the Night (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2006, ISBN 1-932983-60-0)
      • 3. Danse Macabre (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2007, ISBN 1-932983-77-5)
      • 4. Lords of Terror (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2008, ISBN 1-934543-02-0)
      • 5. The Vampires of Paris (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-50-0)
      • 6. Grand Guignol (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935558-00-2)
      • 7. Femmes Fatales (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935558-44-6)
      • 8. Agents Provocateurs (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-61227-050-0)
      • 9. La Vie en Noir (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-145-3)
      • 10. Esprit de Corps (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-61227-237-5)
      • 11. Force Majeure (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-344-0)
    • Les Compagnons de l'Ombre (French translations of Tales of the Shadowmen):
      • Tome 1 (Rivière Blanche, 2007, ISBN 1-934543-08-X)
      • Tome 2 (Rivière Blanche, 2008, ISBN 1-934543-32-2)
      • Tome 3 (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-47-0)
      • Tome 4 (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-85-3)
      • Tome 5 (Rivière Blanche, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935558-03-3)
      • Tome 6 (Rivière Blanche, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935558-52-1)
      • Tome 7 (Rivière Blanche, 2011, ISBN 978-1-935558-73-6)
      • Tome 8 (Rivière Blanche, 2011, ISBN 978-1-61227-015-9)
      • Tome 9 (Rivière Blanche, 2011, ISBN 978-1-61227-061-6)
      • Tome 10 (Rivière Blanche, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-129-3)
      • Tome 11 (Rivière Blanche, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-150-7)
      • Tome 12 (Rivière Blanche, 2013, ISBN 978-1-61227-198-9)
      • Tome 13 (Rivière Blanche, 2013, ISBN 978-1-61227-240-5)
      • Tome 14 (Rivière Blanche, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-276-4)
      • Tome 15 (Rivière Blanche, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-339-6)
      • Tome 16 (Rivière Blanche, 2015, ISBN 978-1-61227-359-4)
    • Doctor Omega and The Shadowmen (editor, Black Coat Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-61227-037-1)
    • The Nyctalope Steps In (editor, Black Coat Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-61227-028-9)
    • Night of the Nyctalope (editor, Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-102-6) / La Nuit du Nyctalope (editor, Rivière Blanche, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-108-8)
    • The Many Faces of Arsène Lupin (editor, Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-049-4)
    • Harry Dickson vs The Spider (translation/adaptation, Black Coat Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-304-4)
    • The Vampire Almanac (Volume 1) (editor, Black Coat Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-342-6) / L'Almanach des Vampires (Tome 1) (Riviere Blanche, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-342-6)
    • The Vampire Almanac (Volume 2) (editor, Black Coat Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-61227-383-9) / L'Almanach des Vampires (Tome 2) (Riviere Blanche, 2015, ISBN 978-1-61227-428-7)
  • Screenplays:
    • Despair: The Screenplay (screenplay based on a novel by Marc Agapit) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-06-6)
    • Royal Flush: The Screenplay (screenplay) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-12-0)
    • City: The Screenplay (screenplay inspired by a novel from Joël Houssin) (Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-084-5)
  • Translations:
    • English Through Comics (translation) (2 vols.), Presses-Pocket, 1993)
    • Doctor Omega (translation/adaptation of Arnould Galopin's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2003, ISBN 0-9740711-1-0)
    • Arsène Lupin:
      • Arsène Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes 1: The Hollow Needle (translation/adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 0-9740711-9-6)
      • Arsène Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes 2: The Blonde Phantom (translation/adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's novel) ) (Black Coat Press, 2005, ISBN 1-932983-14-7)
      • Arsène Lupin vs. Countess Cagliostro (translation/adaptation, Black Coat Press, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935558-32-3)
      • The Many Faces of Arsène Lupin (translator/editor, Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-049-4)
      • Arsène Lupin and The Island of the Thirty Coffins (translation/adaptation, Black Coat Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-338-9)
    • Doc Ardan: City of Gold and Lepers (translation/adaptation of Guy d'Armen's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-03-1)
    • The Phantom of the Opera (translation/adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1-932983-13-9)
    • La Dimension des Miracles Revisitée (French translation of Robert Sheckley's The Dimension of Miracles Revisited) (Rivière Blanche, 2007, ISBN 1-934543-17-9)
    • Rouletabille and the Mystery of the Yellow Room (translation/adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-60-8)
    • Harry Dickson:
      • The Heir of Dracula (translation/adaptation, Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 1-934543-90-X)
      • Harry Dickson vs The Spider (translation/adaptation, Black Coat Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61227-304-4)
    • The Nyctalope:
      • The Nyctalope Steps In (editor, Black Coat Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-61227-028-9)
      • Night of the Nyctalope (editor, Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-102-6) / La Nuit du Nyctalope (editor, Rivière Blanche, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-108-8)
    • Belphégor (translation/adaptation, Black Coat Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61227-110-1)

Comics (writing)

Comics work includes:

  • UK publishers:
    • The Last Party on Earth in A1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)

Comics (translations)

Works by Moebius[10] :

  • Moebius
    • #1 - Upon A Star (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
    • #2 - Arzach (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
      • Legends of Arzach #1-6 (Tundra Press, 1992)
        • Visions of Arzach (Tundra, 1993)
      • Arzach (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • #3 - The Airtight Garage (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
    • #4 - The Long Tomorrow (written by Dan O'Bannon) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
      • The Exotics (Dark Horse, 1997)
    • #5 - The Gardens of Aedena (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1988)
    • #6 - Pharagonesia (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1988)
      • Rock City (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • #7 - The Goddess (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • #8 - Mississippi River (written by Jean-Michel Charlier) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • #0 - The Horny Goof (Dark Horse, 1990)
    • #1/2 - The Early Moebius (Graffiti, 1992)
    • #9 - Stel (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1994)
    • The Art of Moebius (edited by Byron Preiss, Marvel/Epic/Berkley Books, 1989)
    • Carnet 3 and Interview '74 in A-1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
    • Chaos (Marvel/Epic, 1991)
    • Metallic Memories (Marvel/Epic, 1992)
    • Fusion (Marvel/Epic, 1995)
    • The Man From The Ciguri in Cheval Noir #26-50 (Dark Horse, 1992–94)
      • The Man from the Ciguri (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • Moebius Comics #1-6 (Caliber Press, 1996–97)
  • Marie-Dakar in Dark Horse Presents #63 (Dark Horse, 1992)
  • The Incal (written by Alejandro Jodorowsky)
    • The Incal #1-3 (Marvel/Epic, 1988)
    • In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker in A-1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
      • In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker in Heavy Metal(1990)
    • Metabarons #1 - Othon the Great (Heavy Metal, 1995)
  • Blueberry (written by Jean-Michel Charlier)
    • Blueberry #1 - Chihuahua Pearl (incl. The $500,000 Man) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1989)
    • Blueberry #2 - Ballad for a Coffin (inc. The Outlaw) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1989)
    • Blueberry #3 - Angel Face (inc. Broken Nose) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Blueberry #4 - The Ghost Tribe (inc. The Long March) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Blueberry #5 - The End of the Trail (inc. The Last Card) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Young Blueberry #1 - Blueberry's Secret (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1989)
    • Young Blueberry #2 - A Yankee Named Blueberry (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • Young Blueberry #3 - The Blue Coats (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • Lt. Blueberry #1 - The Iron Horse (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Lt. Blueberry #2 - Steelfingers (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Lt. Blueberry #3 - General Golden Mane (inc. The Trail of the Sioux) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Marshal Blueberry - The Lost Dutchman's Mine (inc. The Ghost with Golden Bullets) (Marvel/Epic, 1991)
    • Blueberry - Arizona Love in Cheval Noir #46-50 (Dark Horse, 1993)
  • The Magic Crystal #1-3 (written by Moebius; art by Marc Bati)
    • #1 - The Magic Crystal (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • #2 - Island of the Unicorn (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • #3 - Aurelys's Secret (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
  • M. Mouche in A-1 #3 (written by Jean-Luc Coudray, Atomeka, 1989)
  • Eyes of the Cat in Taboo #4 (written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Spiderbaby, 1990)
  • The Madwoman of the Sacred-Heart in Dark Horse Presents #70-76 (Dark Horse, 1993)
    • The Madwoman of the Sacred-Heart #1-#2 (Dark Horse, 1996)

Cheval Noir (Dark Horse, 1989–94)






  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Christian Cawley, "Jean-Marc Lofficier Interview" for Kasterborous, March 13, 2005. Accessed December 29, 2008
  2. ^
  3. ^ Starnger No More - Lofficier on Semic/Image's Strangers, Newsarama, November 12, 2002
  4. ^ Witchblade Teams With Semic Heroines, Newsarama, June 10, 2003
  5. ^ Frenchblade: Semic's Witchblade: Witchblade , Newsarama, December 5, 2004
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ MOEBIUS graphic novels; Translations by R & JM Lofficier. Accessed 31st December 2008
  11. ^


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