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He had already produced a couple of strips for several alternative fanzines and magazines, such as Anon E. Pancras Panda, a parody of Paddington Bear, for the Oxford-based Back Street Bugle.

His first paid work was for a few drawings that were printed in NME, and not long after he succeeded in getting a series about a private detective known as Roscoe Moscow published using the pseudonym of Curt Vile (a pun on the name of composer Kurt Weill) in the weekly music magazine Sounds, earning £35 a week.

Batman: The Killing Joke From Hell The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen The Ballad of Halo Jones Lost Girls Marvelman Promethea Swamp Thing V for Vendetta Voice of the Fire Watchmen Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

For the Man Who Has Everything he has been widely recognised by his peers and by critics.

While the first few were rejected, Grant advised Moore on improvements, and eventually accepted the first of many. I was being offered short four or five-page stories where everything had to be done in those five pages.

Meanwhile, Moore had also begun writing minor stories for Doctor Who Weekly, and later commented that "I really, really wanted a regular strip. And, looking back, it was the best possible education that I could have had in how to construct a story." From 1980 through to 1984, Moore maintained his status as a freelance writer, and was offered a spate of work by a variety of comic book companies in Britain, namely Marvel UK, and the publishers of 2000AD and Warrior.

Marvelman (later retitled Miracleman for legal reasons) was a series that originally had been published in Britain from 1954 through to 1963, based largely upon the American comic Captain Marvel.

Upon resurrecting Marvelman, Moore "took a kitsch children's character and placed him within the real world of 1982".He was subsequently picked up by the American DC Comics, and as "the first comics writer living in Britain to do prominent work in America", he worked on major characters such as Batman (Batman: The Killing Joke) and Superman (Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?), substantially developed the character Swamp Thing, and penned original titles such as Watchmen.Subsequently, disliking school and having "no interest in academic study", he believed that there was a "covert curriculum" being taught that was designed to indoctrinate children with "punctuality, obedience and the acceptance of monotony"."LSD was an incredible experience.Not that I'm recommending it for anybody else; but for me it kind of – it hammered home to me that reality was not a fixed thing.Moore was initially given two ongoing strips in Warrior: Marvelman and V for Vendetta, both of which debuted in Warrior's first issue in March 1982.