Alan Moore: The Father of Comic Books

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When you think of comic books, what do you think of? If you were to ask your parents they would probably tell you Superman or Spiderman, maybe even Batman or Wonder Woman. Some might mention something more, something that appears to be a comic book, but once opened is revealed to be a work of literary genius; a comic such as Watchmen, or perhaps even V for Vendetta. An author and artist of renowned recognition and admiration wrote both masterpieces.

At first Alan Moore began his career as an artist for a detective story called Roscoe Moscow in 1979. (Camper, 1997-2008) He drew under the name Curt Vile, but eventually gave it up because he thought of himself as poor artist (Camper, 1997-2008). He focused more on writing from there on out. Moore began writing for DC Comics to begin his author career. There he began Marvelman (known as Miracleman in the US) and V for Vendetta. In 1986 the greatest comic book of all time, Watchmen, was created. It was the first graphic novel to receive the Hugo Award, which is a fantastic honor. During his time in DC, he also wrote stories for Batman, The Green Lantern, and redefined the character of Swamp Thing. Soon after the completion of Swamp Thing and the V for Vendetta storyline, Alan Moore left DC because he did like that he did not own the rights to his comic Watchmen.

Furthermore, when he began his career as an artist he used many pen names. His first name was used in the 1970’s, while he was still working as a cartoonist. He used the name Curt Vile, which is a pun for the name Kurt Weill, a well-known German composer from the 1920’s until his death in the 1950’s. After that he became Jill de Ray, which Wapedia states, “is an alternate spelling of the serial killer “Gilles de Rais”. He u...

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