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Alan Moore gives blessing to Miracleman reprints

In an interview with Kurt Amacker for Mania, Alan Moore discussed in detail his feelings towards Marvel’s purchase of the Marvelman character and the chance of ever seeing his own version of the character in print again. In a nutshell: He’s fine with it all as long as his name is kept off the credits and the character’s original creator, Mick Anglo, gets to keep all the money:

Alan Moore

Alan Moore

After being initially informed by Neil’s lawyer, I had to think about it for a couple of days. I decided that while I’m very happy for this book to get published—because that means money will finally go to Marvelman’s creator, Mick Anglo, and to his wife. Mick is very, very old, and his wife, I believe, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The actual Marvelman story is such a grim and ugly one that I would probably rather that the work was published without my name on it, and that all of the money went to Mick. The decision about my name was largely based upon my history with Marvel—my desire to really have nothing to do with them, and my increasing desire to have nothing to do with the American comics industry. I mean, they’re probably are enough books out there with my name on them to keep the comics industry afloat for a little bit longer. I left a message to that effect with Neil. I’ve since heard back from the lawyer upon another issue, and he said that he was certain that would be the case—that Marvel would accede to my request. That looks like the way it will be emerging. And, Neil will be able to finish his Marvelman story because he has a completely different relationship with Marvel than I have with them—or rather, don’t have. The main thing is that I will feel happy to know that Mick Anglo is finally getting the recompense he so richly deserves. And, I will have distanced myself from a lot of the deceit and ugliness that surrounded the relaunching of Marvelman as a character.

Moore also has a few nasty words for former Warrior editor Dez Skinn and Eclipse Comics, and goes into great detail about how he came up with his own unique take on the character. Go read the whole thing.

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I wish they were keeping the name MIRACLEMAN, but I’m fine with it as long as I get to see the reprints.

Very classy guy.

The more the comic-blogosphere tries to make Moore into a ranting luddite who hates movies, the more his true motivations become clear. He’s a gifted creator, who loves the work and hates the business.

Very interesting interview. I always love to read what Alan Moore has to say. About the fact that he doesn’t want his name on movies based on his work…well most of them we’re shit, weren’t they?

Unfortunately I made the mistake of scrolling down to read the comments on that interview and it made me want to club baby seals.

So will the Marvel reprints be credited to Alan Smithee then?

Good news.
Though, it’s too bad his experience with American comic companies have soured him towards working with Marvel or DC, two companies that would be able to push Moore’s product so it could get out to more people, but it’s refreshing to see someone stick to their guns and do things their own way instead of just grumbling and complaining about the way things are.

I wouldn’t say that’s exactly “giving his blessing”. I’d say that’s more “I want nothing to do with this, but I’m not going to keep my friends and people I admire from making a little money”

I never did like Moore’s Miracle/Marvelman. It took everything I love about Captain Marvel/Shazam and turned it into a horrifying nightmare. I do reconize that was Moore’s intent though and its good to see him giving his blessing for it to be published for people who want to read it. I myself won’t be buying it but am intrested in picking up the 1950s stuff because I am a big Shazam fan and want to see what his UK Cousin was like before Moore got his hands on him.

I dunno, Keg – did you ever get a chance to read the Neil Gaiman issues? They were a lot more contemplative and curious (just as good, IMHO, as the Moore issues, but then I liked his take just fine). Heartily recommended. Also, if you want to read some classic Mick Anglo stories, check out “Miracleman 3-D Special,” which reprints a bunch of his work with a framing sequence by Moore, and issue #8 of the regular series, which has half a dozen great old stories colorized for your enjoyment.

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