Notes on “Young Alan Moore in ‘Saga of the Vile Thing’”, by Darren Shan.
Pages 95 – 99, Alan Moore, Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman
2003 Abiogenesis Press
written by Ng
Title Obvious allusion to Alan Moore’s work for DC à “Saga of the Swamp Thing”.
Vile” was once a
“Young Alan Moore” is a reference to the “Little Archie” comics. Very appropriate, considering how Little Archie is little different from the teenage Archie character, and how Darren Shan is a children’s author.
18th, 1963 à
that Northhampton native Francis Crick and his partner James Watson discovered
that the dual helix had really made all creatures great and small the same year
the JFK assasination was on the 22nd of November 1963, as did the
band of 4 moptops – the Beatles – release their 2nd
album “With the Beatles” in
The ‘rubber bullet’ is a hint at the intense conspiracy surrounding the assasination; I won’t even begin to talk about it here, thankyouverymuch J.
2nd Paragraph I
cannot identify “constable
Vile” was a pseudonym used by
of Satan” is a nod to the work
The 1st of the two heinous crimes is the theft of Santa’s beard.
3rd Paragraph The 2nd is the odd theft of a can of spray paint.
“Roscoe Moscow” is the name of the detective story Alan Moore wrote in a music magazine – Sounds – in the 70s under the pseudonym “Curt Vile”.
6th Paragraph Aldous
Huxley did not have a beard, neither did
2nd Paragraph Early Moore work, such as writing Doctor Who or for the Northhampton presses,
could not have included genitalia. That, compounded with the fact that he went
on to work for DC Comics and Marvel, indicated that little genitalia was tolerated, If at all. Work with independent presses like From Hell featured a modicum of
genitalia though. By the by, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen v2 is laced with an account of fornication.
“Big numbers” is one of his works, published in 1990.
4th Paragraph He wrote the Batman Annual 1985, the Batman Annual #11 and Batman: the
6th Paragraph Tommy Strong = Tom Strong, and the “beautiful woman” who’s also the
“guardian of mankind” is evidently Tesla.
1st Paragraph Before I expound on anything, let it be known that Alan Moore’s magnum opus,
to this day, is “Watchmen” from the 1980s. It is a self-contained fable of costume
heroes if they had lived outside of comic-book world, and in ours instead. Many
would agree that that book, with all its meaning and layers of meaning, redefined
the comic book genre and storytelling in general. Today, many stories
allusions and hidden references, but
the first, to see promise in comic books.
Its very title is a nod to this -
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” – “Who watches the watchmen?”
- Jvenal, Satires, VI, 347
And the young
2nd Paragraph Tom Strong again.
The Spider-man mention draws obvious parallels to his ABC character Cobweb.
3rd Paragraph These characters are suggested here – Jack B. Quick (though I honestly cannot
imagine “Jack Quickly” being thought of earlier than “Jack B. Quick”, given the
nursery rhyme), the First American, Greyshirt, and it all culminates in the
formation of a ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ – enormously successful books, terrible movie.
5th Paragraph Halo Jones is mentioned. He glorified her in his “Ballad of Halo Jones”.
7th Paragraph Promethea mention. Incidentally, the name 'Promethea' (in the signboards of the Promethean Cab Co.) is shown on many panels on Watchmen, 1983, much before the Promethea comics were created.
Jack the Ripper is a key character in From Hell.
There is, unsurprisingly, no mention of
Marvel “US” books at all.
is listed here, and we should know that that was his orginal name before Marvel
Comics made some noise and the character was renamed Miracleman.
– the imprint
Top Ten – book title
Alan Moore’s Songbook – a title he published in 1998 collecting the song lyrics he previously published in Negative Burn.
Movies – his books have been adapted (rather badly, I might add) for the cinema. From Hell the movie was screened in 2001, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen too, just recently, in 2003.
Diseases – spoiler alert! <highlight to read> In League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II, the invading Martians were killed by a hybrid of Anthrax and Streptococcus.
2nd Paragraph Rorschach – a character (easily the most memorable) from Watchmen.
– an Image Comics character
Time Travel – He first wrote stories for Doctor Who, who travels through time uh, all the time.
UFOs are mentioned in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume 1, and their presence is explained in LoEG volume 2.
V for Vendetta – a series he created with David Lloyd in the 80s.
Youngblood - he wrote Youngblood stories for Awesome Entertainment in the late 90s.
Paragraph in 2001,
here, as many fans know, is not conjuring at all, but Magick, and will be what
4th Paragraph He published installments of Lost Girls with Melinda Gebbie.
5th Paragraph Reference to the Bojeffries Saga, collected and printed in 1982 and 1992.
6th Paragraph In 1999, he published The Birth Caul, an adaptation of one of his plays
A birth caul is a thin membrane from the amnion covering the newborn’s head. The adaptation is aptly subtitled ‘A Shamanism of Childhood”
time-travelling doctor here is Doctor Who, about whom
1st Paragraph Voice of the Fire is suggested
2nd Paragraph Mention of Tom Strong again.
‘A Small Killing’ was a graphic novel written in 1991 with Oscar Zarate, set to be reprinted later this year.
3rd Paragraph Tom Strong again.
5th Paragraph A
suggestion of the book D.R. and Quinch, collecting stories
8th Paragraph Tomorrow Stories is promised.
Paragraph In the
closing sentence, the young
The Morpheus here is clearly not Lawrence Fishburne, but the Dream Lord from Greek mythology. The Matrix notwithstanding, the name has been brought to popular consciousness in the 90s by the DC comic Sandman, ably written by Neil Gaiman, incidentally, a good friend of Alan Moore’s. The title character is occasionally called the Sandman, and also Morpheus.
So far, we know that we’ve been treated to a very Alan Moore-esque account of how a fictional Alan Moore received a slew of ideas on the day he turned 10, which will determine his own magnificent body of work that will lead to his 50th birthday.
On Page 97, in the 7th Paragraph, Mary Shelley’s greatest novel is featured. And its subtitle – the modern Prometheus – is not a misplaced reference. Prometheus is a Greek mythological hero who stole fire off the Sun-God Helios’ fire-chariot, and through that deed, gave all of mankind a wondrous gift. In the comic series Marvels, the original Human Torch was created by a scientist Kurt Busiek aptly called a “Modern Prometheus”, not unlike Mary Shelley’s Doctor Victor. And Alan Mooore’s own “Promethea” series shown her to be “the Holy Splendor of the Imagination”. Similarly, we here present would have no reservations at all in agreeing that with the strength and facility of virtually all his work, Alan Moore has enrolled himself in this illustrious cognoscente.
Snakes and Ladders, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
 Snakes and Ladders, 2001, Page 2, Panel 2,3.