The Lieutenant Mike Blueberry character was created in the Fort Navajo comics series (1963) by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud Moebius in the French publication Pilote. While the series had had originally been intended as an ensemble narrative, it quickly gravitated towards Blueberry as its central figure. His adventures featured, in what was later called the Blueberry series, may be Moebius’ work best known in his native France, before later collaborations with Alejandro Jodorowsky. The early Blueberry comics used a simple line drawing style, and standard Western themes and imagery found in John Ford’s US Cavalry Western trilogy and Howard Hawk’s Rio Bravo. Gradually Moebius developed a darker and grittier style inspired by, firstly the 1970 Westerns Soldier Blue and Little Big Man, and subsequently by the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone and the dark realism of Sam Peckinpah.