Alan Moore

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Alan Moore

English writer primarily known for his work in comic books, a medium where he has produced a number of critically acclaimed and popular series, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell add

Category: Literature

Born in 1953.

Countries: United Kingdom (43%), United States (42%), (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dave Gibbons, From Hell (film)

Linked to: Marvel Comics, Christic Institute, Conservative Party, Northampton School for Boys

 

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Alan Moore was born in 1953 add something


1954

"Marvelman" was a series that originally had been published in Britain from 1954 through to 1964, based largely upon the American comic "Captain Marvel" add something


1960

In the late 1960s Moore began publishing his own poetry and essays in fanzines, eventually setting up his own fanzine, "Embryo" add something

 

Instead of emphasising increased realism as he had done with earlier superhero comics he had taken over, Moore did the opposite, and began basing the series on the Silver Age Superman comics of the 1960s, introducing a female superhero Suprema, a super-dog Radar, and a Kryptonite-like material known as Supremium, in doing so harking back to the original "mythic" figure of the American superhero add something


1963

His first work published by Image, an issue of the series "Spawn", was soon followed by the creation of his own mini-series, "1963", which was "a pastiche of Jack Kirby stories drawn for Marvel in the sixties, with their rather overblown style, colourful characters and cosmic style add something

 

Captain Marvel (DC Comics) - Marvelman ceased publication in 1963, but was revived in 1982 by writer Alan Moore in the pages of "Warrior Magazine"


1970

Moore started out writing for British underground and alternative fanzines in the late 1970s before achieving success publishing comic strips in such magazines as "2000 AD" and "Warrior" add something

 

With his first wife Phyllis, whom he married in the early 1970s, he has two daughters, Leah and Amber add something

 

Lew Stringer - Stringer began his career from the late 1970s with a series of fanzines, many featuring his popular "Brickman" character; these were read by several pro creators who encouraged Stringer to try comics as a profession and Stringer recalls that " Alan Moore actually introduced me to one of the editors at Marvel UK - Bernie Jaye who was editor on "The Daredevils"


1971

Around 1971, he met and began a relationship with a Northampton-born girl named Phyllis, with whom he moved into "a little one-room flat in the Barrack Road area in Northampton" add something


1978

Stephen Knight (author) - Nevertheless, the book became popular as the inspiration for works of fiction, among them the 1978 film "Murder by Decree" by Bob Clark and the graphic novel "From Hell" by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell


1979

Not long after this, in 1979 he began publishing a new comic strip known as "Maxwell the Magic Cat" in the "Northants Post", under the pseudonym of Jill de Ray add something


1980

From 1980 through to 1984, Moore maintained his status as a freelance writer, and was offered a spate of work by a variety of comic book companies in Britain, namely Marvel UK, and the publishers of "2000AD" and "Warrior" add something

 

Soon after this, Mad Love itself was disbanded as Phyllis and Deborah ended their relationship with Moore, taking with them much of the money that he had earned from his work in the 1980s add something

 

Dick Giordano - By the end of the 1980s, they had created the mature-audience Vertigo imprint, under initial editor Karen Berger, and began an influx of British talent such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman

 

Malcolm McLaren - During the 1980s, McLaren attempted to make a film called "Fashion Beast", from a script by comic-book writer Alan Moore

 

Stephen R. Bissette - He is best known for working with writer Alan Moore and inker John Totleben on the DC comic "Swamp Thing" in the 1980s

 

Rorschach (comics) - His brutal perception of black-and-white morality reflected writer Alan Moore's critical deconstruction of the whole notion of heroes - a popular theme recurring in comic books since the 1980s


1981

Garry Leach - In 1981 he joined Dez Skinn's company, Quality Communications. where he workedd as art director and was the first artist on Alan Moore's revival of "Marvelman" in "Warrior"

 

John Higgins (comics) - In 1981 he started getting regular work at "2000 AD", one of his early projects being the art for a "Tharg's Future Shocks" by Alan Moore, as well as doing covers for Marvel UK


1982

Upon resurrecting "Marvelman", Moore "took a kitsch children's character and placed him within the real world of 1982" add something

 

Mick Anglo - Anglo had little to do with the revival of the Marvelman character in 1982 by Alan Moore for Quality Communications


1983

Pete Morisi - When DC Comics bought the rights to Charlton's superhero properties in 1983, Thunderbolt was one of the characters originally planned for use in writer Alan Moore's miniseries "Watchmen"; when DC chose to save those characters for other uses, Moore adapted him into Ozymandias


1984

In 1984, Moore and David J released a 12-inch single featuring a recording of "This Vicious Cabaret", a song featured in "V for Vendetta", which was released on the Glass Records label add something

 

Neil Gaiman - When waiting for a train at Victoria Station in 1984, Gaiman noticed a copy of "Swamp Thing" written by Alan Moore, and carefully read it


1985

He was eventually given the chance to write a story for one of DC's best known superheroes, Superman, entitled "For the Man Who Has Everything", which was illustrated by Dave Gibbons and released in 1985 add something

 

In 1985, he talked to fanzine "Arkensword", noting that he had stopped working for all British publishers bar IPC, "purely for the reason that IPC so far have avoided lying to me, cheating me or generally treating me like shit add something

 

Moore has been nominated for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan awards several times, winning for Favorite Writer in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1999, and 2000 add something

 

The series would have restored the DC Universe's multiple earths, which had been eliminated in the continuity-revising 1985 miniseries "Crisis on Infinite Earths" add something

 

Dave Gibbons - For the 1985 "Superman Annual" No. 11, Gibbons drew the main story "For the Man Who Has Everything," again written by Alan Moore

 

Stephen King - In 1985 King wrote his first work for the comic book medium, writing a few pages of the benefit X-Men comic book Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men. The book, whose profits were donated to assist with famine relief in Africa, was written by a number of different authors in the comic book field, such as Chris Claremont, Stan Lee, and Alan Moore, as well as authors not primarily associated with that industry, such as Harlan Ellison.


1986

Earning a further £10 a week from this, he decided to sign off of social security, and would continue writing "Maxwell the Magic Cat" until 1986 add something

 

He did, however, join other creators in decrying the wholesale relinquishing of all rights, and in 1986 stopped writing for "2000 AD", leaving mooted future volumes of the "Halo Jones" story unstarted add something

 

Moore has won multiple Eagle awards, including virtually a "clean sweep" in 1986 for his work on "Watchmen" and "Swamp Thing" add something

 

The limited series "Watchmen", begun in 1986 and collected as a trade paperback in 1987, cemented Moore's reputation add something

 

Jim Lee - In 1986, as he was preparing to graduate, Lee took an art class that reignited his love of drawing, and led to his rediscovery of comics at a time when seminal works such as Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" spurred a renaissance within the American comics industry


1987

In 1987 Moore submitted a proposal for a miniseries called "Twilight of the Superheroes", the title a twist on Richard Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" add something


 

He has received the Eisner award for Best Writer nine times since 1988, and among his numerous international prizes are the German Max & Moritz Prize for an exceptional oeuvre and the British National Comics award for Best Comics Writer Ever add something

 

He received the Harvey award for Best Writer for 1988 , for 1995 and 1996 , for 1999 , for 2000 , and for 2001 and 2003 add something

 

In 1988 he received a World Fantasy award for Best Novella for "A Hypothetical Lizard", which Avatar Press published in 2004 as a comics adaption by Antony Johnston add something

 

In 1988, Moore and artist Dave Gibbons won a Hugo award in the category Other Forms for "Watchmen" add something


1989

After completing "V for Vendetta", which DC had already begun publishing, thus enabling him to finish the final few episodes, in 1989, Moore stopped working for DC. add something

 

He won French awards like the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Best Album for "Watchmen" in 1989 and "V for Vendetta" in 1990, and the Prix de la critique for "From Hell" in 2001, the Swedish Urhunden Prize in 1992 for "Watchmen" and several Spanish Haxtur awards, in 1988 for "Watchmen" and 1989 for "Swamp Thing" No. 5 add something

 

Eddie Campbell - Beginning in 1989 Campbell illustrated Alan Moore's ambitious Jack the Ripper graphic novel "From Hell", serialised initially in Steve Bissette's horror anthology "Taboo"


1990

He subsequently returned to the mainstream later in the 1990s, working for Image Comics, before developing America's Best Comics, an imprint through which he published works such as "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and the occult-based "Promethea" add something

 

Illustration of the comic was begun by Bill Sienkiewicz, who left the series after only two issues in 1990, and despite plans that his assistant, Al Columbia, would replace him, it never occurred and the series remained unfinished add something

 

The couple had a mutual lover, Deborah, although the relationship between the three ended in the early 1990s as Phyllis and Deborah left Moore, taking his daughters with them add something


1991

Following this, in 1991 the company Victor Gollancz Ltd published Moore's "A Small Killing", a full length story illustrated by Oscar Zarate, about a once idealistic advertising executive haunted by his boyhood self add something

 

Sir William Gull, 1st Baronet - From 1991 to 1996, a fictionalized Sir William Gull is featured in the graphic novel "From Hell" by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell


1993

In 1993 Moore declared himself to be a ceremonial magician add something

 

In 1993, on his fortieth birthday, Moore openly declared his dedication to being a ceremonial magician, something he saw as "a logical end step to my career as a writer" add something


1996

Meanwhile, Moore set about writing a prose novel, eventually producing "Voice of the Fire", which would be published in 1996 add something

 

The 1996 miniseries "Kingdom Come" by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, was set amid a superheroic conflict in the future of the DC universe add something

 

Spirit (comics) - Kitchen Sink published a series of original Spirit stories in 1996-1997, including contributions from Alan Moore, Dave_Gibbons, Paul Chadwick, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale and Paul Pope


1997

"V for Vendetta" was a dystopian thriller set in a future 1997 where a fascist government controlled Britain, opposed only by a lone anarchist dressed in a Guy Fawkes costume who turns to terrorism to topple the government add something

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - In a 1997 interview with Andy Diggle for the now defunct Comics World website, Alan Moore gave the title of the work as "The League of Extraordinary Gentlefolk"


1998

Jane Hamsher - Subsequently, Hamsher and Murphy co-produced two 1998 films, Brandon Boyce's screen adaptation "Apt Pupil", from the Stephen King "novella", directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, and David Schwimmer, and "Permanent Midnight", adapted by Jerry Stahl and David Veloz from Stahl's autobiographical novel and starring Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, and Elizabeth Hurley; and the 2001 thriller "From Hell", based on Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias' adaptation of the graphic novel "From Hell", by Alan Moore and


1999

Moore decided that there were too many people involved to back out from the project, and so ABC was launched in early 1999 add something

 

Larry Cohen - "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" was an adaptation of the 1999 published comic book series by Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - "'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"' is a comic book series co-created by writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill which began in 1999


2000

John Higgins (comics) - He did significant work for "2000 AD", and he has frequently worked with writer Alan Moore, most notably as colourist for "Watchmen"

 

Steve Parkhouse - His work includes "Big Dave" in "2000 AD", "The Bojeffries Saga" with Alan Moore, "Night Raven" with David Lloyd and various strips in "Doctor Who Magazine"


2001

His "unassuming terraced" Northampton home was described by an interviewer in 2001 as "something like an occult bookshop under permanent renovation, with records, videos, magical artefacts and comic-book figurines strewn among shelves of mystical tomes and piles of paper add something

 

The first film to be based upon Moore's work was "From Hell" in 2001, which was directed by the Hughes Brothers add something

 

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale - The Hughes Brothers' "From Hell" was based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and was released in 2001

 

From Hell (film) - "'From Hell"' is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel "From Hell" by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper murders


2003

This was followed in 2003 with "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", a film that departed radically from the books, changing the ending from a mob war over the skies of London to the infiltration of a secret base in Tibet add something

 

Allan Quatermain - The character was used by writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill in their series "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", adapted to film in 2003, based on the premise that he faked his death to enjoy a quiet retirement

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (film) - "'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"', promoted as "'LXG"', is a 2003 superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill


2005

In 2005, "Watchmen" was the only graphic novel to make it onto Time Magazine's "All-Time 100 Novels" list add something

 

In 2005, a film adaptation of Moore's "V for Vendetta" was released, produced by the Wachowski Brothers and directed by James McTeigue add something

 

Speaking to Bill Baker in 2005, he remarked that "I love the comics medium add something


2006

In 2006, the complete edition of "Lost Girls" was published, as a slipcased set of three hardcover volumes add something

 

This conflict between Moore and DC Comics was the subject of an article in "The New York Times" on 12 March 2006, five days before the USA release add something

 

Steve Moore (comics) - In 2006 Alan Moore released a biographical essay on Moore called "Unearthing", which in 2010 became an audiobook


2007

On 12 May 2007, he married Melinda Gebbie, with whom he has worked on several comics, most notably "Lost Girls" add something

 

Art Spiegelman - Spiegelman played himself in the 2007 episode "Husbands and Knives" of "The Simpsons" with other comic book writers Daniel Clowes and Alan Moore


2010

In 2010 Moore began what he described as "the 21st century's first underground magazine" add something


2011

In January 2011, the fourth and final issue of Moore's "Neonomicon" was released by Avatar Press add something

 

In December 2011 Moore responded to Frank Miller's attack on the Occupy movement, calling his more recent work misogynistic, homophobic and misguided add something


2012

In 2012, Moore claimed that he had sold the rights to these two works simply for the money; he did not expect the films ever to be made add something

 

In a 2012 interview with LeftLion magazine, Alan Moore was asked to put a figure on how much money he had turned down by refusing to be associated with these film adaptations add something


2013

Marvel Comics' 2013 reprints of Moore's original Miracleman stories credit him as "'The Original Writer"' add something


2014

In 2014 Moore announced that was leading a research and development project to "create an app enabling digital comics to be made by anyone" add something


2015

Avatar Press announced a twelve-part series with Jacen Burrows called "Providence" on H. P. Lovecraft and the sources of the Cthulhu Mythos for 2015 add something


2016

In 2016, Moore confirmed that after authoring a final "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" book and one more Lovecraft work, he plans on retiring from the comic scene to enter filmmaking add something

 

In September 2016, he published a novel called Jerusalem, which is set in Northampton add something

 

Lucia Joyce - Finnegans Wake - She is the protagonist of the "Round the Bend" chapter of Alan Moore's 2016 novel "Jerusalem"; set at the Northampton clinic where she spent her final years, the chapter is written in the style of her father's "Finnegans Wake"


2017

In the 2017 general election, Moore expressed support for the Labour Party, though he does not vote as a matter of political principle add something


2018

In 2018 Moore contributed to the comic anthology 24 Panels add something

 

Damon Lindelof - In August 2018, it was announced that Lindelof would be adapting Alan Moore's "Watchmen" as a series for HBO. He had previously been quoted as saying it was his favorite graphic novel and a huge inspiration on Lost