Re: [alanmoore] Re: The first Alan Moore comic you read
- I had seen some of his Sounds work as it came out, but wasn't impressed.Next would be the start of his Captain Britain work. I Missed completely the Dr Who stuff until the reprints in Daredevils. Then came V and Marvelman. By the time of Daredevils, I had the pleasure to work in editor Bernie Jaye's office for a summer and see the Moore scripts come in and the Davis original artwork. Wish I'd had the sense to photocopy the scripts.I subbed an episode of Captain Britain and picked up on a spelling error. Such was the respect Bernie had for him, she insisted that he be consulted before I had a lettering correction made. I have to admit a certain nervousness at speaking to him even then. Does it sound too OTT to say that there was a feeling then that this man was something different, something special? The intellect and attitude he brought with him.Then he seemed to be everywhere: 2000 AD, Daredevils, Warrior, championing Eddie Campbell and the Fast Fiction crowd, fanzine strips (Captain Airstrip One etc.).Soon we had to share him with the Americans. I remember the expectancy and excitement awaiting that first Swamp Thing...I know this was supposed to be"The first Alan Moore comic you read," but I got carried away. Sorry.Dave
- My `Alan Moore debut' is similar to others told here, although
perhaps later. Technically, the first Moore comics I would have read
would be the black and white Titan books TPB `The Man of Tomorrow'
reprinting his Superman stories, which I read and treasured as a
child. Back then I paid no attention to the credits (I knew two
comics creators names: Geoff Senior and Simon Furman, who created
the Transformers UK strip! I grew up in the 80s) so I had no
conception that the stories were all by one author or that authors
name but I just knew there was something special about them. They
were clearly different (ie better) than `normal' comics (although
the Superman writer at that time would have been John Byrne so it
didn't take Alan Moore to do something better). That was probably my
single favourite comic at that time, a precursor of my future
Strangely for a young British comics reader at that time, I didn't
read 2000AD so I didn't see his work there and although my dad
brought a lot of British and American comics (he has a large
collection) and had much of Warrior and the Marvel UK stuff, for
some reason I don't recall reading it. So Moore passed me by until
about 7 years ago, at which time I had grown tired and
dissillusioned with comics as I couldn't find any intelligent, adult
comics that satisfied me. I'd seen many indies but they didn't do
much for me, they didn't seem in line with my sensibilities (with
one or two exceptions like Pete Bagge and the Hernandez bros), they
weren't what I wanted to see and the maistream `adult' stuff I'd
seen, like Vertigo, was usually anything but `For Mature Readers'.
Then one day, to ease boredom, I was rifling through my dad's
collection (this'll sound strange but I get a lot of enjoyment
simply looking at the covers of comics) and I pulled out the 10
issue DC V for Vendetta (this was about 1999) and the Adventures of
Luther Arkwright TPB. Both suddenly gripped me as being something
different to the usual fare (I know, this is starting to sound a
little silly, but it's what happened!) and I was compelled to begin
reading them, starting with V, that very night, despite it being
about 2 AM. I was absolutely blown away of course. In Michael Peters
words `It was clear Moore was smarter and more clever than most
comics writers.' Both books were exactly what I'd wanted to see:
intelligent, literary comics that weren't written for the purpose of
inflicting the authors' neuroses and idiosyncrasies onto its
readers. I remained very excited about both books for weeks
(particularly V) and next time I went into Another World (large Sci
Fi retail chain, in Britain; I don't often go into comics shops as
I dislike the ambience) I picked up Watchmen, which of course I'd
heard about but had assumed to be in the mould of Vertigo and most
likely grossly overrated. Well, it hit me in the same way V had and
that was probably the start of my obsession, doctor. A couple of
weeks later it was From Hell (the collected edition was probably new
then; I don't know), 3 in a row was no fluke and it was obvious that
Moore was a special one, in the words of Jose Mourinho.
As an adjunct to this already long and boring story, very soon after
first reading V and perhaps Watchmen and From Hell (I'm not exactly
sure) I had the urge to pull out and read the Man of Tomorrow TPB
again, which I hadn't read for years. Of course, I was delighted to
find that my former childhood favourite was actually written by my
new obsession! Suddenly, its uniquness made sense
Since then, I've hunted down the large majority of Moore material
and continue to be fascinated by it, finding that Moore has so many
different talents. Just when I occasionaly suspect I've overrated
him, I read (or hear, as has sometimes been the case) something new
(to me) that gives me the same feeling I had reading V that first
Apologies for getting 'carried away' with this tedious tale.
- No need to apologise. I enjoyed reading it.
--- In email@example.com, Djojoweir@... wrote:
> I had seen some of his Sounds work as it came out, but wasn't
> Next would be the start of his Captain Britain work. I Missed
> Dr Who stuff until the reprints in Daredevils. Then came V and
> the time of Daredevils, I had the pleasure to work in editor
> office for a summer and see the Moore scripts come in and the
> artwork. Wish I'd had the sense to photocopy the scripts.
> I subbed an episode of Captain Britain and picked up on a spelling
> Such was the respect Bernie had for him, she insisted that he be
> before I had a lettering correction made. I have to admit a
> at speaking to him even then. Does it sound too OTT to say that
there was a
> feeling then that this man was something different, something
> intellect and attitude he brought with him.
> Then he seemed to be everywhere: 2000 AD, Daredevils, Warrior,
> Eddie Campbell and the Fast Fiction crowd, fanzine strips (Captain
> Soon we had to share him with the Americans. I remember the
> excitement awaiting that first Swamp Thing...
> I know this was supposed to be"The first Alan Moore comic you
read," but I
> got carried away. Sorry.
> What was your first Alan Moore comic?I don't really remember the very first Alan Moore comic I read. But
the one that had the most impact on me was LOEG. I read watchman after
that, and have been reading and enjoying his work ever since( not
including deathblow: byblows or the killing joke). BTW this Alan Moore
yahoo group kicks ass. Great work guys.
- On 8/30/06, soxborn <soxborn@...> wrote:
>hmmm....Well..the first series was Swamp Thing, which I started around
> What was your first Alan Moore comic?>>
23 or so (the first issue of th Etrigon/Demon storyline?). I LOVED it
and quickly got all the back issues (thankfully before the prices
zoomed up!). If Alan's DC Presents Supes teamups predate those Swamp
Thing's, then those might be my first issues. Although, not being up
on all the publication dates, perhaps I ran across something earlier.
But Swamp Thing, that's what won me over as a big time Alan fan for life!
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, ctowner1@... wrote:
> On 8/30/06, soxborn <soxborn@...> wrote:
> > What was your first Alan Moore comic?>>
> hmmm....Well..the first series was Swamp Thing, which I started
> 23 or so (the first issue of th Etrigon/Demon storyline?). <snip>>It was Swamp Thing for me as well. In late 1985, after visiting my Nan
> L nny
in North London I stopped off on the way home at Kings Cross to pick
up some comics. This is back the days when US comics were distributed
in newsagents across the UK, albeit some months after their US (and
comic shop import) release.
I distinctly recall picking up two comics that day; one being the
double-sized Hulk 300, the other Swamp Thing 39 - the second part of
the underwater vampire story. You can imagine the qualitative gulf
between the two comics, and still to this day I can see that "Oh Mom!"
panel in my mind's eye.
Now I think of it, it's likely that I actually saw Alan Moore before I
read any of his comics. I believe he was a guest at UKCAC85 I
remember a white suit - which was in early September.