Alan Moore Facts

Alan Moore Facts
Alan Moore is an English writer best known for his comic books and considered to be the best graphic novelist of all time. He was born Alan Oswald Moore on November 18th, 1953 in Northampton, England, to Ernest Moore, a brewery employee, and Sylvia Doreen, a printer. Alan developed a love of reading by the age of five, despite growing up in an area of poverty and illiteracy. He was a fan of comics such as Topper, The Flash, and Fantastic Four at an early age, and by the late 1960s he was publishing his essays and poetry in fanzines. He started his own fanzine Embryo, and after trouble in school, married and took an office job. It would be the late 1970s before he made the decision to write and illustrate his own work, on a full-time basis.
Interesting Alan Moore Facts:
Alan Moore grew up with his maternal grandmother living in his home with his parents and his brother. She was very superstitious and religious, and left Alan with a strong impression.
Alan Moore met Phyllis, a girl from Northampton as well, in 1971. He later married her. They had two daughters together Leah and Amber.
It was during the 1970s that Alan Moore became a cartoonist and began publishing his work in various publications under the pen names Translucia Baboon, Jill De Ray, and Curt Vile.
It was while working for Warrior, a British anthology magazine, that Alan became well-known for his series' Miracleman and V for Vendetta.
In 1982 and 1983 Alan Moore won the British Eagle award for Best Comics Writer.
Alan Moore was published by Marvel UK frequently from 1980 to 1984.
Saga of the Swamp Thing (1983) was the first American comic series that Alan Moore was hired to write. He wrote for the Swamp Thing series for three years.
In 1986 Alan Moore's comic book Watchmen is believed to have redefined comic books in general and Watchmen is considered by many to be the best comic ever published.
Towards the end of the 1980s Alan Moore was contributing to the Superman and Batman stories, and he started his own imprint called Mad Love Publishing.
Alan Moore wrote From Hell, which was a fictional account of Jack the Ripper's reign of terror in the 1880s. It was a ten year project and very popular.
Alan Moore also published under another imprint called America's Best Comics. His series in this imprint include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tomorrow Stories, Promethea, and Tom Strong.
When the owner of America's Best Comics, Jim Lee, sold the imprint to DC Comics, Alan Moore was unhappy. He worked with them until he couldn't handle their interference with his work, and returned to working independently.
Several of Alan Moore's comics have been adapted for film including From Hell (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), V for Vendetta (2005), Constantine (2005), and Watchmen (2009). Alan does not watch the movies as a general rule, and stays out of the film side of the entertainment industry.
Alan Moore has written many comic series, a non-fiction book titled Alan Moore's Writing for Comics (2003), and a few novels.

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