Too Much Culture

A Salute To Alan Moore

Posted in Uncategorized by tneenan on 07/13/2010

Alan Moore has announced he is moving away from the super hero genre, because modern super heroes are more akin to bullies.  So to doff our cap to Northampton’s most famous resident we run down some of Moore’s best work and their film adaptations, which of course Moore will not have seen.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Moore’s graphic novel about the crime fighting super team is probably best known for the TV adaptation “A League of their own” with James Cordon. Moore refuses to be part of the ongoing  series other than to donate a few killer one liners with which Phil Tufnell can ridicule Cordon’s weight.

The Killing Joke

Moore’s contribution to the Batman canon is thought to be a major influence on The Dark Knight. But it also saw Moore add more to the Batman legend with a brand new crop on onomatopoeias which appear in stars whenever Batman punches a villain. Some of Moore’s classics include “Splank!” “Darp!” “Shlenga!” and “Effron.”

Watchmen

Zach Schneider’s adaptation of the graphic novel is probably the most faithful Moore film adap, following the graphic novel almost frame for frame. That was until Gus Van Sant topped him by making a shot for shot remake of Zach Schneider’s frame for frame remake of Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Until recently this was the most faithful adaptation of Moore’s work, until Titan books published a frame by frame recreation of Gus Van Sant’s shot for shot remake of Zach Schneider’s frame by frame adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen. This book was known as a reprint of Alan Moore’s Watchmen remains the most faithful adaptation of Moore’s work.

V For Vendetta

Graphic novel 22 of 26 but the only one to be made into a film. This dystopian thriller tells the story of a angry young man who goes around beating up Roger Allam dressed as a comedy French painter. Famous for his outrageous French accent, long Parisian moustache and catchphrase: “Killing you should be easel.”

From Hell

Moore’s grizzly retelling of the murders of Jack the Ripper. The graphic novel was eventually adapted by the Wachowski Brothers for the cinema. In the film version you find out Jack the Ripper was in fact reality itself, and the whores of London were being used as batteries or something.

Minnie The Minx

Moore’s erotic exploration of female sexuality was eventually dumbed down for The Beano’s readership. It was this move, which meant Moore was forced to leave the Beano offices. While there he had masterminded the creation of The Numbskulls, Billy Whizz and the free Refresher bar celotaped to the front. A film version of Minnie The Minx is currently under option with Universal.

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