Alan Oswald Moore, born 18th November 1953, is an english writer renowned for his work in comic books. People will be mostly familiar with his stories as a result of comic book adaptations into films. Most notably, 'V for Vendetta', 'From Hell', 'The Extraordinary League of Gentlemen' and more recently 'Watchmen'.
Moore started his career as a cartoonist in the late 1970s. Under the pseudonym Curt Vile (a pun on the name of composer Kurt Weill), he wrote and drew underground-style comic strips for NME and Sounds magazines. Under another pseudonym, Jill de Ray (an alternative spelling of Gilles de Rais, the notorious French serial killer) Moore began writing a weekly strip for the Northants Post newspaper called Maxwell the Magic Cat. He has stated that he would have happily carried on writing this strip indefinitely, had it not been for a negative article the newspaper published about the place of homosexuals in the community.
Realising that he was not going to be able to make a living as an artist, Moore turned his attention to writing story lines for Marvel UK, 2000AD and Warrior
Moore has always made a point of distancing himself from the film adaptations and has courted controversy as a result of this. He is quoted as saying after