Born:November 18, 1953
Occupation:Comic Book Writer
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Top Ten V For Vendetta
Claim To Fame:Alan Moore is credited with helping to bring about a darker and more grittier comic book universe with his acclaimed work, “Watchmen.” He also launched his own comic book line, ABC Comics – America’s Best Comics. Moore is constantly creating new series that quickly garner fans for his smart and complex writing style.
Interesting Fact:Alan Moore has asked that his name be removed from every piece of work that he does not have sole ownership of, including Watchmen and other comic series he made for other companies.
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Bio:Alan Moore started his career in comics as a cartoonist, after being expelled from school for selling LSD. He drew cartoon strips and other pieces for newspapers and magazines but eventually decided that he should focus on writing instead.
Moore was one of the many British creators wooed over to DC during the 80’s, and Moore wrote many DC characters, notably his run on Swamp Thing and Superman. It was then that Moore created Watchmen and V For Vendetta for DC. These works launched Moore into becoming one of comics new superstars.
Things got complicated when Moore went to Image to launch his own line of comics named ABC – America’s Best Comics. The line included many new titles that sprung from Moore’s imagination, including The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Top Ten, Tomorrow Stories, and Prometha. He produced them under Jim Lee’s Wildstorm imprint, but when Lee sold Wildstorm to DC Comics, Moore found himself once again working for DC. Even though DC vowed to not interfere with his work, there were too many instances where DC editorial interfered with his work and Moore ended up taking his work to smaller publisher Top Shelf Comix.
He has also had friction from about the movies made about his works, often choosing to have no involvement with the production. This hasn’t worked well as he has been more disappointed with the end result and has asked that his name be removed from the works in question.
Despite all of this, Moore is still a fan favorite who continues to create highly imaginative series and characters that are snapped up as soon as they are printed. His work shows a complexity usually unknown to comics. His work is credited with bringing comics to a place where they can tackle such issues as racism, sexuality, war, and environmentalism. He continues to write to this day and produce thought provoking works that push the boundaries of what is acceptable and able to be accomplished in comics.