Alan Moore is a weird man, that much has always been true. He’s also been exceptionally vocal about his dislike of the comics industry since the 90’s and continues to publicize his viewpoints in questionable ways. It’s obvious he has his own ideas about what superheroes should stand for and is unwilling to allow for change and evolution of the genre.
In an interview with the Guardian a few days ago, Moore is quoted as calling “adult” comic book fans as subnormal. Whether or not he meant this as an insult or a simple “statement of fact” is uncertain, but it’s clear he has no intention of rethinking his opinion on the current state of the superhero genre.
“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen,” he told The Guardian. “I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations.
“They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their 9-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.
“These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not 9 to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year-old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it – they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.
“This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”
Genres change. Sometimes for better, sometimes not so much. However I do believe that the evolution of story telling is necessary in order for new ideas to come about as well as to meet the literary needs of readers. While Alan Moore remains as one of my favorite authors, I can’t respect an opinion which hopes to keep the superhero genre stagnate and unwilling to grow into something more than what it used to be.
I hope Moore continues to pump out more LXG books as well as any more fun stories that he’s famous for producing.
Alan Moore is best known for his graphics novels, Watchmen and V for Vendetta.