Alan Moore is famously grumpy, usually with the genre he helped define. He prefers the term “comic” to “graphic novel”, while his work has been made into a number of big budget Hollywood movies such as From Hell (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), V for Vendetta (2005), and Watchmen (2009) despite his very strong objections.

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Moore has frequently used pseudonyms such as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, Brilburn Logue, and Translucia Baboon to keep his name off work. Reprints of some of his work have been credited to The Original Writer when Moore requested that his name be removed.

Once in a while he awakens from his grumpy slumber to throw massive shade on pop culture and usually movies based on comic books. He considers superhero movies a blight on culture and claims he hasn’t watched a whole superhero movie since Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989.

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In an interview with The Guardian (where else!) he has let rip again and, in the same article, announced he is done with comics and the industry:

“Hundreds of thousands of adults [are] lining up to see characters and situations that had been created to entertain the 12-year-old boys – and it was always boys – of 50 years ago. I didn’t really think that superheroes were adult fare.

I think that this was a misunderstanding born of what happened in the 1980s – to which I must put my hand up to a considerable share of the blame, though it was not intentional – when things like Watchmen were first appearing. There were an awful lot of headlines saying ‘Comics Have Grown Up’.

I tend to think that, no, comics hadn’t grown up. There were a few titles that were more adult than people were used to. But the majority of comics titles were pretty much the same as they’d ever been. It wasn’t comics growing up. I think it was more comics meeting the emotional age of the audience coming the other way.

I said round about 2011 that I thought that it had serious and worrying implications for the future if millions of adults were queueing up to see ‘Batman’ movies. Because that kind of infantilization – that urge towards simpler times, simpler realities – that can very often be a precursor to fascism.

Steady on Alan! Liking Thor can make us all literally Hitler? In the same interview he referred to both the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the political situation in the UK:

“…[when] we ourselves took a bit of a strange detour in our politics…”

He draws a parallel that at the time the biggest films were superhero movies.

I warned you! I told you nothing good could ever come out of Joss Whedon’s Justice League and now here we are. The WEF, CBDC, owning nothing and being happy and the slow death of a Chinese-style social credit system all await us simply because I paid real money to rent that movie. I have become death, the destroyer of worlds.

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