on “Young Alan Moore in ‘Saga of the Vile Thing’”, by
95 – 99, Alan Moore, Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman
written by Ng
allusion to Alan Moore’s work for DC à “Saga
of the Swamp Thing”.
Vile” was once a
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
‘rubber bullet’ is a hint at the intense conspiracy surrounding the
assasination; I won’t even begin to talk about it here, thankyouverymuch J.
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cannot identify “constable
Vile” was a pseudonym used by
of Satan” is a nod to the work
1st of the two heinous crimes is the theft of Santa’s beard.
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2nd is the odd theft of a can of spray paint.
Moscow” is the name of the detective story Alan Moore wrote in a music
magazine – Sounds – in the 70s under the pseudonym “Curt
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Huxley did not have a beard, neither did
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work, such as writing Doctor Who or for the Northhampton presses,
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.
numbers” is one of his works, published in 1990.
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the Batman Annual 1985, the Batman Annual #11 and Batman: the
Strong = Tom Strong, and the “beautiful woman” who’s also the
of mankind” is evidently Tesla.
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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
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
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Spider-man mention draws obvious parallels to his ABC character Cobweb.
characters are suggested here – Jack B. Quick (though I honestly cannot
“Jack Quickly” being thought of earlier than “Jack B.
Quick”, given the
rhyme), the First American, Greyshirt, and it all culminates in the
formation of a ‘League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen’ – enormously successful books, terrible
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.
– a character (easily the most memorable) from Watchmen.
– an Image Comics character
Travel – He first wrote stories for Doctor Who, who travels through time
uh, all the time.
are mentioned in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume 1, and their presence
is explained in LoEG volume 2.
for Vendetta – a series he created with David Lloyd in the 80s.
- he wrote Youngblood stories for Awesome Entertainment in the late 90s.
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here, as many fans know, is not conjuring at all, but Magick, and will be what
published installments of Lost Girls with Melinda Gebbie.
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
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
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the Fire is suggested
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‘A Small Killing’ was a
graphic novel written in 1991 with Oscar Zarate, set to be reprinted later this
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suggestion of the book D.R. and Quinch, collecting stories
Stories is promised.
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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.
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
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.
and Ladders, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
 Snakes and Ladders, 2001, Page 2, Panel 2,3.