"I know the vanity and error of news and of vulgar opinion of things; I have no thirst after it. I have learnt the folly of projects; it is enough if I can govern my private economy. I could see the rottenness of men; those against the Government were mad, and those for it generally false. Neither one sort with their threats, nor the others with their flattery, ought to prevail over men to leave the strict justice of life."
(Panels by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill, from 2012’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 2009.)
Marvelman, Captain Britain & D.R. & Quinch, by Alan Davis, from 1986’s Arken-Sword #17/18. The all-too-brief partnership between Davis and Alan Moore produced a remarkable number of fine stories, and it’s a shame that it ended so soon. Below, and from the same source, Davis has D.R. & Quinch express a certain degree of disrespect towards both Michael Moran and Brian Braddock’s super-heroic alter-egos;
What seem like relatively early sketches of Halo Jones by Ian Gibson, from 1986’s Arken Sword 17-18. Smart and beguiling, but never objectivised, Halo Jones still shames the vast majority of lad-titillating female characters churned out by the action/adventure industry.
There’s a fun interview with Alan Moore in the Aug/Sep issue of The Chap, with Michael Attree encouraging the Bard of Northampton to admit that “there is a young strangler in here just trying to get out”.
By chance, the same stand of our local W H Smiths also featured Skin Deep Presents The Best Horror Tattoos, with a cover that’s a pure-hit EC Comics homage. It’s not an area of interest that I’ve any experience or interest in, although by the same token I can think of no possible objection to the art form either. But where comics culture was once condemned unseen and unconsidered to the margins, if referenced at all, now it seems to be everywhere. Even interests quite peripheral to the pocket of the mythical mainstream shopper now sit unashamed in plain sight. A bloke’s fashion magazine featuring Alan Moore and an EC-fronted tattoo special nestling together in the nation’s favourite highstreet newsagent? When I was a lad, young whippersnappers, it simply wasn’t to be dreamed of ….
"Keep yourself simple, good, pure, serious, and unassuming; the friend of justice and godliness; kindly, affectionate, and resolute in your devotion to duty."
"Not for ourselves alone are we born."
(Panels by Rob Williams, Christon Weston et al, from 2013’s “Adventures Of Superman” #4. It’s definitely the finest Man Of Steel story in any medium since 2007’s All-Star Superman #6, and there’s a good chance that it’s actually the best since 1985’s “Superman Annual” #11. If you’ve not bought it already, hunt it down immediately. No, really; do it now.)
Further to yesterday’s Kevin O’Neill’s cover to Mustard Magazine #4, you might like to know the comedy magazine’s website has free paper cut-and-make Alan Moore figures for you to download. Indeed, there’s figures available for all of Mustard’s cover stars. Sadly, the issue with Moore is now out of print, but if you’ve never given Mustard a try, I’d highly recommend you start - but not finish - with issue 6, which has a fascinating interview with comedy producer John Lloyd. (You’ll find Mustard’s site here.)