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Alan Moore Talks Superheroes

So it’s my understanding that Alan Moore is like the Obi Wan Kenobi of comic book writers. Or maybe he’s more like Anakin Skywalker with a creepy beard.

Anyway, the guy revolutionized the comic book genre when the Watchmen series began in 1985. He took the whole idea of superheroes as superhumans born on another planet, or implanted with superpowers by spiders, and flipped that idea on its head.

He’s written V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, and several other graphic novel series, most of which have also been turned into films, like Watchmen.

He’s definitely one interesting dude–a ceremonial magician, anarchist, occultist, and an all-around unusual guy. From all of that, he gets inspiration to write fantastic stories with help from artist friends (Dave Gibbons, in the case of Watchmen).

So enough of my rambling about Alan Moore. I’ll let him explain how the idea for Watchmen developed in his own words.

Are you an Alan Moore fan?

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Matt #

    He really is one creepy looking guy.

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    November 29, 2011
  2. Love Alan Moore, always have. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a great read which was totally bastardized by Hollywood (as usual I guess). V for Vendetta is breathtaking. Literally sometimes. And the Watchmen. Well. I think it’s brilliant.

    And I love his weirdness. We need more weirdos. Everything is so polished and lovely. I kinda like an evil genius thing now and again.

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    November 29, 2011
    • Yeah, he’s definitely got the “evil genius” thing going on. Maybe more like “weird genius.” Kinda looks like a hermit from Montana.

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      November 29, 2011
  3. I’ve read quite a few of his stories, Watchmen and V for Vendetta being the most famous. I stumbled across a collection of stories he wrote for DC while I was in my first year of undergrad, and was amazed. His Batman story The Killing Joke is astounding.

    And you remind me of more books I need to reread.

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    November 29, 2011
    • He wrote a Batman story? Interesting.

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      November 29, 2011
      • Yep! It’s a Joker origin story. Rather dark.

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        November 30, 2011
  4. Dominick Sabalos #

    I am, for what it’s worth. Watchmen aside, I’m especially fond of Promethea and Halo Jones. From Hell, too.

    I have a friend who is engaged to his (Alan Moore’s) niece or something, and has met him a couple of times at family gatherings. Apparently he will beat you with a big stick, should you mention the film adaptations of his books.

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    November 29, 2011
    • Yeah, I’m curious about the Watchmen movie. Have you seen it?

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      November 29, 2011
      • Dominick Sabalos #

        It’s so-so. It seems like an unfair complaint to make given the usual refrain whenever a book is adapted, but if anything it sticks too closely to the book and never really feels alive itself (though it then changes the ending anyway).

        The Comedian especially looks great, though. And the title/intro sequence is a good argument in favor of having an Oscar for Best Title/Intro Sequence.

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        November 30, 2011
  5. Siuon #

    I have watched the movie. The movie takes a more optimistic and traditional approach compared to the book. The movie almost ends with a the “good vs evil” scenario which is trashed by Alan Moore in the book.

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    November 29, 2011
  6. Should’ve read this first before going all “Alan Moore FTW!” on you 4 comic books post. That said, I’m a big fan and his work really is worth checking out. “From Hell” is his best (I think), even though I still haven’t really read Watchmen because it sort of bores me (I’m really sorry). Also, I agree with an earlier commenter, “Killing Joke” is awesome.

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    December 1, 2011

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