Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Moore, Alan

(1953-    ) UK writer whose output has included a number of groundbreaking Graphic Novels and several long comic-book Story Cycles which have brought a new depth and complexity to established Comics characters.

AM's first professional work was as Kurt Vile, under which pseudonym he wrote and drew two series for the weekly music paper Sounds (Rosco Moscow [1979-1980] and The Stars My Degradation [1980-1982]) and Three Eyes McGurk and His Death Planet Commandos in Rip Off Comics #8 (1981 US). As Jill de Ray he wrote and drew Maxwell the Magic Cat for the Northants Post (1979-1986). He began producing short Future Shock scripts under his own name for the UK sf weekly comic 2,000 A.D., some of which were reprinted as Alan Moore's Shocking Futures (graph coll 1986) and Alan Moore's Twisted Times (graph coll 1986). He also wrote stories for the UK Marvel Comics' Dr Who Weekly, Dr Who Monthly, Star Wars and Captain Britain. His first works of note were two long series, both started in the first issue of the UK anthology comic Warrior (1982-1985): a Postmodernist treatment of the popular 1950s superhero Captain Marvel entitled Marvelman – assembled with additional material as Miracleman (graph coll 1988 US), The Red King Syndrome (graph coll 1990 US) and Olympus (graph coll 1990 US) – and V for Vendetta, assembled with additional material as V for Vendetta (graph coll 1990 US), which featured an anarchist hero pitted against a fascist regime.

AM's several series for 2,000 A.D. included The Ballad of Halo Jones (1984-1986; graph coll 1986 3 vols), Skizz (1983) and D.R. and Quinch (1983-1985; as D.R. and Quinch's Guide to Life graph coll 1986). His first work for US comic books was in Saga of the Swamp Thing in 1984. This was followed by the remarkable retro superhero Graphic Novel Watchmen (1986-1987; graph 1987 US; exp 1988 US) and Batman: The Killing Joke (graph 1988 US).

AM formed Mad Love (Publishing) Ltd in 1988 with Phyllis Moore and Debbie Delano, and this imprint produced the anti-homophobia anthology AARGH! (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia) (graph anth 1988) and the currently moribund graphic novel «Big Numbers» (2 vols appeared in 1990). Other projects include: the Dickensian Jack the Ripper graphic novel From Hell, which began serialization in Taboo (in 1991), subsequently republished and continued in a planned 12 vols from Tundra; and the erotic Lost Girls, which also began serialization in Taboo (in 1992). [RT]

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