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Alan Moore is a legendary comic book writer and graphic novelist

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BirthdayNovember 18, 1953
NationalityBritish
FamousAnarchists, Writers
IdeologiesAnarchists
SpousesMelinda Gebbie, Phyllis
Childrens Amber, Leah
Birth PlaceNorthampton
Height185cm
GenderMale
FatherErnest Moore
MotherSylvia Doreen
Net Worth$10 million as of Aug 26,2016
Sun SignScorpio
Born inNorthampton

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Who is Alan Moore?

Alan Moore is the eccentric genius who created some of the world’s most marvellous comic books and graphic novels. The first British writer to work for an American comic book company, Moore is also responsible for creating adult audiences for comics. Alan Moore is widely recognised as ‘the best graphic novelist in history’ and his work continues to inspire countless number of filmmakers and aspiring comic book writers. Perhaps no other comic writer in history has managed to produce such an enormous and critically acclaimed body of work as Moore. With his unconventional looks, long mane and a wizard’s beard, Moore has played a pivotal role in bringing out the role of social responsibility into the medium of comics. His most distinguished and eminent pieces of work include, ‘Watchmen’, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘The Saga of Swamp Thing’ and ‘From Hell’. Referred to as ‘the Orson Welles of Comics’, Moore has won numerous awards, accolades and honours for his work. Interestingly, this living legend initially began his career as a cartoonist and later realised that he is more suitable for writing.

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Childhood & Early Life

Alan Moore was born in Northamptonshire, England to working class parents Ernest Moore, who worked at a brewery, and Sylvia Doreen, a painter by profession. He was raised in the poverty stricken area of Northampton.

He attained his preliminary education from Spring Lane Primary School and it is said that he was a voracious reader since he was five years old. He spent most of his time reading British comic strips.

He later attended the Northampton Grammar School, where he first got acquainted with middle class people. He did not like the school very much and lost interest in academics.

In the 1960s, he started publishing his writings - both poetry and essays. Eventually, he established his own fanzine, ‘Embryo’. A fanzine was a non-official production of a cultural phenomenon by its fans for people with similar interest.

Subsequently, he became acquainted with the group ‘The Arts Lab’ and began to publish a significant chunk of his writing with the group. He also went on to do a lot of odd jobs to support himself.

Career

He quit his office job and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in illustrating and writing. Some of his works were previously published in local papers, magazines and fanzines.

His first paid publications included drawings that were published in the music magazine titled, ‘NME’. Following this, he began to write a detective series under the title, ‘Roscoe Moscow’, for the music magazine, ‘Sounds’ under the pseudonym Curt Vile.

In 1979, his comic strip titled, ‘Maxwell the Magic Cat’ was published in the ‘Northants Post’ under the pen name, ‘Jill de Ray’. He continued writing for the series until 1986. He later wrote for Britain’s most well-known magazine, ‘2000AD’.

From 1980 until the year 1984, he worked as a freelance writer and wrote for publications such as, ‘Warrior’, ‘Marvel U.K’ and ‘2000AD’. Over 50 of his stories were published in ‘Future Shocks’ and ‘Time Twisters’ of ‘2000AD’.

In 1983, ‘DC Comics’ reinvented and modified their ‘Swamp Thing’ series. Martin Pasko, who then contributed to the publication, was dismissed and the job was transferred to Moore. Meanwhile, he contributed for ‘Marvelman’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ in the Warrior magazine as well.

In 1983, he contributed for the comic strip ‘Skizz’, which was a ‘2000 AD’ publication. The same year, he also created the comic strip titled, ‘D.R. & Quinch’ and wrote for ‘Captain Britain’, a Marvel UK publication.

In August 1983, he created the comic story series titled, ‘The Bojeffries Saga’ that was published in the U.K comic anthology, ‘Warrior’.

Meanwhile, he tried his hand at music in 1983, and founded the band, ‘The Sinister Ducks’ with David J. The duo came out with the single, ‘March of the Sinister Ducks’. The following year he also wrote the song, ‘Leopardman At C&A’ for the album, ‘We Have You Surrounded’ for Mick Collins.

Later in 1983, the superlative success of the ‘Swamp Thing’ series brought critical and commercial acclaim for both him and the publications and resulted in the further association between the two. He created the legendary horror comic book series titled, ‘Hellblazer’ for the publication.

In 1985, he created the ‘DC Comics’ story, ‘For the Man Who Has Everything’, featuring the legendary character, ‘Superman’. His ‘Superman’ stories soon became a favourite among readers.

In 1986, he came out with another ‘Superman’ story titled, ‘Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?’ This was published in two parts - first in the ‘Superman # 423’ and later in ‘Action Comics #583’.

In September 1986, he came out with the graphic novel titled, ‘Watchmen’, which was published by ‘DC Comics’. In this piece of work he was critical of the concept of a superhero.

Lack of creator’s right in British media made him increasingly concerned which led him to quit writing for all British publishers. By 1986, he had quit writing for ‘2000 AD’ as well.

In March 1988, ‘DC Comic’ published his superhero graphic novel titled, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. This publication also introduced the character, ‘The Joker’.

By 1989, he resigned from ‘DC Comics’ as well, for he was unhappy with the payment methods. He later set up his own publishing company named, ‘Mad Love’ along with his wife Phyllis and Deborah Delano.

He collaborated with a number of artists and writers to publish the one-off comic’s anthology, ‘AARGH’, elaborated as Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia. This was Mad Love’s first publication

In 1991, his graphic novel, ‘A Small Killing’ was published by Victor Gollancz Ltd. The entire novel was illustrated by Argentine born artist and illustrator, Oscar Zarate.

Later in 1991, he came out with the sexually explicit graphic novel, ‘Lost Girls’. The plot of this novel was centred on three female characters living in the late 19th and early 20th century.

In 1996, he published his debut novel, ‘Voice of the Fire’, which consisted of twelve chapters. The story was set in Northampton, England in the time frame of 4000 BC until present day.

In 1999, his acclaimed and famous graphic novel, ‘From Hell’ was published. The novel was illustrated by Eddie Campbell. Same year, his comic book series, ‘Promethea’ was published as well.

Published in 1999, his creation, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ continues to thrive. He also created the comic book, ‘Tom Strong’ and the superhero comic book, ‘Top 10’.

In 2006, the complete edition of the graphic novel ‘Lost Girls’ was released. The following year, he was seen in animated form on an episode of, ‘The Simpsons’.

In 2012, the third volume of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ was released. Currently, he is reportedly working on his second novel, ‘Jerusalem’ and an occult textbook, ‘The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic’.

Major Works

His graphic novel, ‘Watchmen’ is regarded as one of his ground-breaking works and also one of the best comic books to have ever been written. The novel was a massive commercial success and also received critical acclaim.

His ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ was made into a film in the year 2003. Volume I also received the Bram Stoker Award for ‘Best Illustrated Narrative’. ‘Time Magazine’ listed the second volume of his comic as the ‘9th Best Comic of 2003’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1985, he was the recipient of the Jack Kirby Award for ‘Best Single Issue’ for ‘Swamp Thing Annual No. 2’.

In 1985, 1986 and 1987, he won the Jack Kirby Award for ‘Best Continuing Series’ for ‘Swamp Thing’ and ‘ Best Writer’ for ‘Swamp Thing’ in 1985 and 1986.

In 1986, he was the recipient of the Eagle Award for ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Swamp Thing’.

In 1987, he received the Jack Kirby Award in the category of ‘Best Writer’ for ‘Watchmen’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1971, he became romantically involved with Phyllis. The couple began to live together in an apartment in Northampton. They eventually got married and had two daughters.

In the early 1990s, his wife Phyllis left him and in the year 2007, he married comic artist, Melinda Gebbie.

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Alan Moore awards

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Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
Eisner Award for Best Writer
Hugo Award for Other forms

Alan Moore biography timelines

  • // 18th Nov 1953
    Alan Moore was born in Northamptonshire, England to working class parents Ernest Moore, who worked at a brewery, and Sylvia Doreen, a painter by profession. He was raised in the poverty stricken area of Northampton.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he became romantically involved with Phyllis. The couple began to live together in an apartment in Northampton. They eventually got married and had two daughters.
  • // 1979 To 1986
    In 1979, his comic strip titled, ‘Maxwell the Magic Cat’ was published in the ‘Northants Post’ under the pen name, ‘Jill de Ray’. He continued writing for the series until 1986. He later wrote for Britain’s most well-known magazine, ‘2000AD’.
  • // 1980 To 1984
    From 1980 until the year 1984, he worked as a freelance writer and wrote for publications such as, ‘Warrior’, ‘Marvel U.K’ and ‘2000AD’. Over 50 of his stories were published in ‘Future Shocks’ and ‘Time Twisters’ of ‘2000AD’.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, ‘DC Comics’ reinvented and modified their ‘Swamp Thing’ series. Martin Pasko, who then contributed to the publication, was dismissed and the job was transferred to Moore. Meanwhile, he contributed for ‘Marvelman’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ in the Warrior magazine as well.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, he contributed for the comic strip ‘Skizz’, which was a ‘2000 AD’ publication. The same year, he also created the comic strip titled, ‘D.R. & Quinch’ and wrote for ‘Captain Britain’, a Marvel UK publication.
  • // 1983
    Meanwhile, he tried his hand at music in 1983, and founded the band, ‘The Sinister Ducks’ with David J. The duo came out with the single, ‘March of the Sinister Ducks’. The following year he also wrote the song, ‘Leopardman At C&A’ for the album, ‘We Have You Surrounded’ for Mick Collins.
  • // 1983
    Later in 1983, the superlative success of the ‘Swamp Thing’ series brought critical and commercial acclaim for both him and the publications and resulted in the further association between the two. He created the legendary horror comic book series titled, ‘Hellblazer’ for the publication.
  • // Aug 1983
    In August 1983, he created the comic story series titled, ‘The Bojeffries Saga’ that was published in the U.K comic anthology, ‘Warrior’.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he created the ‘DC Comics’ story, ‘For the Man Who Has Everything’, featuring the legendary character, ‘Superman’. His ‘Superman’ stories soon became a favourite among readers.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he was the recipient of the Jack Kirby Award for ‘Best Single Issue’ for ‘Swamp Thing Annual No. 2’.
  • // 1985 To 1987
    In 1985, 1986 and 1987, he won the Jack Kirby Award for ‘Best Continuing Series’ for ‘Swamp Thing’ and ‘ Best Writer’ for ‘Swamp Thing’ in 1985 and 1986.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he came out with another ‘Superman’ story titled, ‘Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?’ This was published in two parts - first in the ‘Superman # 423’ and later in ‘Action Comics #583’.
  • // 1986
    Lack of creator’s right in British media made him increasingly concerned which led him to quit writing for all British publishers. By 1986, he had quit writing for ‘2000 AD’ as well.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he was the recipient of the Eagle Award for ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Swamp Thing’.
  • // Sep 1986
    In September 1986, he came out with the graphic novel titled, ‘Watchmen’, which was published by ‘DC Comics’. In this piece of work he was critical of the concept of a superhero.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he received the Jack Kirby Award in the category of ‘Best Writer’ for ‘Watchmen’.
  • // Mar 1988
    In March 1988, ‘DC Comic’ published his superhero graphic novel titled, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. This publication also introduced the character, ‘The Joker’.
  • // 1989
    By 1989, he resigned from ‘DC Comics’ as well, for he was unhappy with the payment methods. He later set up his own publishing company named, ‘Mad Love’ along with his wife Phyllis and Deborah Delano.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, his graphic novel, ‘A Small Killing’ was published by Victor Gollancz Ltd. The entire novel was illustrated by Argentine born artist and illustrator, Oscar Zarate.
  • // 1991
    Later in 1991, he came out with the sexually explicit graphic novel, ‘Lost Girls’. The plot of this novel was centred on three female characters living in the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he published his debut novel, ‘Voice of the Fire’, which consisted of twelve chapters. The story was set in Northampton, England in the time frame of 4000 BC until present day.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, his acclaimed and famous graphic novel, ‘From Hell’ was published. The novel was illustrated by Eddie Campbell. Same year, his comic book series, ‘Promethea’ was published as well.
  • // 1999
    Published in 1999, his creation, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ continues to thrive. He also created the comic book, ‘Tom Strong’ and the superhero comic book, ‘Top 10’.
  • // 2003
    His ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ was made into a film in the year 2003. Volume I also received the Bram Stoker Award for ‘Best Illustrated Narrative’. ‘Time Magazine’ listed the second volume of his comic as the ‘9th Best Comic of 2003’.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, the complete edition of the graphic novel ‘Lost Girls’ was released. The following year, he was seen in animated form on an episode of, ‘The Simpsons’.
  • // 2007
    In the early 1990s, his wife Phyllis left him and in the year 2007, he married comic artist, Melinda Gebbie.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, the third volume of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ was released. Currently, he is reportedly working on his second novel, ‘Jerusalem’ and an occult textbook, ‘The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic’.

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Alan Moore's FAQ

  • What is Alan Moore birthday?

    Alan Moore was born at 1953-11-18

  • Where is Alan Moore's birth place?

    Alan Moore was born in Northampton

  • What is Alan Moore nationalities?

    Alan Moore's nationalities is British

  • What is Alan Moore ideologies?

    Alan Moore's ideologies is Anarchists

  • Who is Alan Moore spouses?

    Alan Moore's spouses is Melinda Gebbie, Phyllis

  • Who is Alan Moore childrens?

    Alan Moore's childrens is Amber, Leah

  • How tall is Alan Moore?

    Alan Moore's height is 185

  • Who is Alan Moore's father?

    Alan Moore's father is Ernest Moore

  • Who is Alan Moore's mother?

    Alan Moore's mother is Sylvia Doreen

  • What is Alan Moore's sun sign?

    Alan Moore is Scorpio