Name: Alan Moore
Debut: 2000 A.D., Captain Britain
Notable Work: V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Batman: The Killing Joke, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Alan Moore was born in Northhampton, England to a brewery worker and printer. In his late teens, he was expelled from school, and was not accepted by any other school. So, unemployed, and under educated, Moore began working for “Embryo,” an underground magazine the he published with his friends. By 1979, his magazine experience carried him to “Sounds,” a weekly music magazine where he published a story called “Roscoe Moscow” under a pen name. In 1982, Moore found success working for a company called “Warrior.” The monthly magazine published two of Moore’s stories as strips in its magazine. The two were “Miracleman” and “V for Vendetta.” These remain two of Moore’s most popular comics, because they most embody his signature style.
Moore hit the mainstream hard via DC’s comic “Saga of the Swamp Thing.” Through Swamp Thing, Moore revived many of DC’s forgotten or neglected supernatural characters, like the Spectre, and Deadman, and also introduced John Constantine, protagonist of the series Hellblazer (And unfortunate victim of Keanu Reeves). Moore has also done some of the most popular arcs for DC’s mainstays Superman and Batman (“For the Man Who Has Everything,” “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow,” and “The Killing Joke”). For those of you who are new to comics, “The Killing Joke,” along with Frank Miller’s “Batman: Year One” have left a permanent mark on the Dark Knight Detective, redefining the character forever.
In 1986, DC passed some odd characters to Moore’s creative desk. The characters, including the Blue Beetle and The Question, were acquired when DC purchased Charlton Comics. Moore used the characters to create the Watchmen, a favorite of many of Moore’s fans and often considered his most signature work.
In the late 80’s Moore left DC to open an independent publishing company with his wife, and their mutual girlfriend. The company, named Mad Love, was used to tackle more taboo issues. It was from here that Moore published “From Hell” which became the first of his work to be adapted to film. The comic follows the investigation into the brutal “Jack the Ripper” slayings. Mad Love tackled the taboo in another way as well. The company’s first published work was an anthology titled “AARGH” or “Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia.” Unfortunately, Mad Love folded in 1990.
After some work for Image, Jim Lee offered Moore his own imprint, which led to “America’s Best Comics.” Under ABC, Moore created both the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Promethea, among other titles.
In his personal life, Alan Moore is a practicing ceremonial magician who worships the snake deity Glycon. He also practices the Kabballah and Tarot, and is an outspoken anarchist. Alan Moore is weird.