Alan Moore

Comic Book Writer + Novelist + Short Story Writer + Screenwriter + Musician + Artist + Magician
Born Nov 18, 1953

Alan Oswald Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books, a medium where he has produced series including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, he has also been described as "one of the most important British writers of the last fifty years". He has occasionally used such pseudonyms as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, and Translucia Baboon.… Read More

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1953 Birth Moore was born on 18 November 1953, at St Edmond's Hospital in Northampton to a working-class family who he believed had lived in the town for several generations. … Read More


1970 16 Years Old …  He began dealing the hallucinogenic LSD at school, being expelled for doing so in 1970 – he later described himself as "one of the world's most inept LSD dealers". … Read More
1973 19 Years Old Whilst continuing to live in his parents' home for a few more years, he moved through various jobs, including cleaning toilets and working in a tannery. In late 1973, he met and began a relationship with Northampton-born Phyllis Dixon, with whom he moved into "a little one-room flat in the Barrack Road area in Northampton". … Read More


1979 25 Years Old Not long after this, in 1979 he also began publishing a new comic strip known as Maxwell the Magic Cat in the Northants Post, under the pseudonym of Jill de Ray (a pun on the Medieval child-murderer Gilles de Rais, something he found to be a "sardonic joke"). … Read More
1980 26 Years Old From 1980 through to 1984, Moore maintained his status as a freelance writer, and was offered a spate of work by a variety of comic book companies in Britain, namely Marvel UK, and the publishers of 2000AD and Warrior. … Read More
1982 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Moore was initially given two ongoing strips in Warrior: Marvelman and V for Vendetta, both of which debuted in Warriors first issue in March 1982. … Read More
1983 29 Years Old Meanwhile, during this same period, he – using the pseudonym of Translucia Baboon – became involved in the music scene, founding his own band, The Sinister Ducks, with David J (of goth band Bauhaus) and Alex Green, and in 1983 released a single, March of the Sinister Ducks, with sleeve art by illustrator Kevin O'Neill.


1984 30 Years Old In 1984, Moore and David J released a 7-inch single featuring a recording of "This Vicious Cabaret", a song featured in V for Vendetta, which was released on the Glass Records label. … Read More
1985 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Moore began producing further stories for DC Comics, including a two-part story for Vigilante, which dealt with domestic abuse. He was eventually given the chance to write a story for one of DC's best-known superheroes, Superman, entitled "For the Man Who Has Everything", which was illustrated by Dave Gibbons and released in 1985. … Read More
1986 32 Years Old The limited series Watchmen, begun in 1986 and collected as a trade paperback in 1987, cemented Moore's reputation. … Read More
1987 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987 Moore submitted a proposal for a miniseries called Twilight of the Superheroes, the title a twist on Richard Wagner's opera Götterdämmerung (meaning "Twilight of the Gods").
1989 35 Years Old …  After completing V for Vendetta, which DC had already begun publishing, thus enabling him to finish the final few episodes, in 1989, Moore stopped working for DC. … Read More
1990 36 Years Old …  Illustration of the comic was begun by Bill Sienkiewicz, who left the series after only two issues in 1990, and despite plans that his assistant, Al Columbia, would replace him, it never occurred and the series remained unfinished.
1991 37 Years Old Following this, in 1991 the company Victor Gollancz Ltd published Moore's A Small Killing, a full length story illustrated by Oscar Zarate, about a once idealistic advertising executive haunted by his boyhood self. … Read More
1993 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993 Moore declared himself to be a ceremonial magician. … Read More


1995 41 Years Old …  In 1995, he was also given control of a regular monthly comic, Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S., starting with issue No. 21, which he would continue to write for fourteen issues. … Read More
1999 45 Years Old …  Moore decided that there were too many people involved to back out from the project, and so ABC was launched in early 1999. … Read More
2003 49 Years Old In 2003, a documentary about him was made by Shadowsnake Films, titled The Mindscape of Alan Moore, which was later released on DVD. … Read More


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2009 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The only ABC title continued by Moore was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; after cutting ties with DC he launched the new League saga, Volume III: Century, in a co-publishing partnership of Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout Comics, the first part released in 2009, the second in 2011 and the third released in 2012. … Read More
2010 56 Years Old In 2010 Moore began what he described as "the 21st century's first underground magazine". … Read More
2011 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2011, the fourth and final issue of Moore's Neonomicon was released by Avatar Press. … Read More
…  In 2012, Moore claimed that he had sold the rights to these two works simply for the money; he did not expect the films ever to be made. … Read More


2014 60 Years Old In 2014 Moore announced that he was leading a research and development project to "create an app enabling digital comics to be made by anyone". … Read More
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