Alan Moore - Then & Now:Sixty years of Subversion !
As many of you will be aware hugely influential UK comics writer and creative genius, Alan Moore turned 60 last month (b.18 Nov.1953) and all at 2000AD wish him a very Happy Birthday.
We owe the Moore droid a great deal for the memorable Thrills he supplied The Mighty Tharg over the years, however I’m sure the Wizard of Northampton would also be the first to acknowledge the freedom he was afforded to express his talent and hone his craft during tenure at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™!
Top:StarScan(rear cover, Prog322,25Jun’83) - “Droid Life" Alan Moore, young, hard-working script droid, as drawn by former art & design droid Robin Smith.
Robin Smith reprises his version of the Northampton bard, at 50 - from 2003.
Moving, comedic and decidedly British homage to alien visitor movie, E.T.- Skizz.Cover art from series artist, Jim Baikie.
Another genius creation - literally! - the man with the double-decker brain, Abelard Snazz. His madcap ideas and solutions always created more problems than originally faced.(First appearance:Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales (Progs189-90,6-13Dec’80).Art by Steve Dillon.
Of course some of the script droid’s finest works were in his short stories, like Ro-Jaws’ Robo-Tales above, Moore has the ability to tell the perfect cautionary tale in six pages - or less - his Future Shocksare a great lesson to any aspiring writers; concise, funny, and always with an unexpected twist at the end…less is definitely Moore!(VariousArtists, inc.Steve Dillon, Bryan Talbot, Ian Gibson, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Brendan McCarthy& many more!).
So Many Happy Returns to [Sir!] Alan Moore, who, like a fine wine or good Scotch, seems to improve with age - apart, of course for those magical years spent with the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™!