Alan Moore’s daughter, Leah, responded to an article about the superhero film industry by explaining that this was why her father was so angry.
Leah Moore, a writer and the daughter of comic book icon, Alan Moore, responded to the discussion of a recent Hollywood Reporter article about comic book writers not being fairly compensated financially for their work by noting that the things discussed in the article are part of the reason why her father is so angry at the entertainment industry.
Moore has been quite open over the years in defense of her famous father, as she dislikes the idea that his anger has been portrayed as though he is being unreasonable when she obviously feels that it is not, and articles like the Hollywood Reporter one let people in on just how messed up things can be for even the top comic book writers of the world like Alan Moore (for instance, the article cites complaints from Ed Brubaker and Ta-Nehisi Coates, two of the most successful comic book writers working today).
Moore tweeted, “Seeing folks sharing the Hollywood Reporter article and wondering how this is news? Its why dad walked, why he’s been angry for 30+yrs. Why he doesnt want to chitchat about movie or TV. He was the best, and they did it to him, and every interviewer acted like he was a loon.”
This is reminiscent of a similar social media post that the younger Moore made back in 2019 also explaining her father’s anger.
Back then, she wrote about how much he loves superhero comics, so much that “he tried to make them into something that provoked thought and feelings, that addressed issues, that spoke to people the way superheroes had always spoken to him. That seems crazy to me. I have his collection of Marvel comics, dogeared from reading, from love. I heard so many times about his excitement at finding a stash of second hand Marvel comics in a junkshop, in a box, or buying them off the spinners in Great Yarmouth on holiday. He could not love superhero comics more if he tried. Jack Kirby was his idol, Ditko was his idol.”
However, Moore noted that “the medium he adored was ruled by corrupt despots, that the people who made that magic were abused, that their contribution was not valued, that it was stolen from them. He already hated that before Watchmen. He already knew Kirby had been shafted. So when it happened to him, and then again, and then again, it wasn’t just a business deal gone awry, or a bit of bad luck, it broke him. The thing he loved most, the thing he poured *all* his time and energy into for his whole entire life, he couldn’t do it anymore.”
So she ended with, “Can you imagine if he hadn’t been fucked over? If instead of being Grumpy Alan Moore Shouting From His Cave he had spent the past 40 years putting out book after book for DC and the rest? Creating vast worlds full of the superheroes he loves? Enjoying comics? Its a damn shame.”
And now, with this article, more fans seem to understand what she was talking about back in 2019.
KEEP READING: Was Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes’ Proposal Too Much for DC to Handle?
The New Spider-Man’s Son Became the Daredevil of Marvel’s Next Generation
About The Author